Auto Accident Injury Program in Monmouth County: Rehabilitation for Airbag Injuries

Red Bank, NJ pain management and rehabilitation office provides treatment for the types of injuries often inflicted by airbags in serious auto accidents.

Airbags were designed to protect auto occupants during a crash. In many cases, airbags have saved lives in accidents that would have otherwise proved deadly. During a collision, the vehicle involved absorbs the force of the crash. Without seatbelts and airbags, passengers would continue to move at the speed of the car prior to the crash, therefore coming into violent contact with the steering wheel, dashboard, or windshield. Seatbelts provide some measure of protection, but often this is not enough. In cases where the force of impact is strong enough, airbags inflate to provide a cushion.

The downside to airbags is that the force necessary to deploy this cushion quickly enough may cause injury. Airbags were designed to work in conjunction with seatbelts. However, due to studies that have proven that many Americans do not, in fact, wear seatbelts regularly, U.S. airbags are actually more forceful than those used in other countries.

The most common injuries incurred from airbag deployment include skin abrasions, hearing damage, and eye damage as well as broken nose, fingers, hands, or arms. Other injuries to the extremeties can result. Head injuries (including injuries to the neck) are also a frequent casualty of airbag deployment.

Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation has created an Auto Accident Injury Program to respond to injuries to the musculoskeletal system after an auto accident. For example, any trauma to the spine, ribcage, extremeties, and neck can lead to serious pain and immobility.

The Auto Accident Injury Program at our Monmouth County office provides a system of care that simplifies the recovery process. We have incorporated medical care for pain management with physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, and chiropractic. This program of care allows patients to receive every type of treatment they need for pain management in one location.

The Auto Accident Injury Program is outlined below:

Medical Care: Before beginning treatment, a medical doctor specializing in pain management completes a full diagnostic process. Our office includes several diagnostic imaging techniques, including traditional x-ray, ultrasound, and fluoroscopy. We are also certified to interpret the results of MRIs. Once a diagnosis has been made, a pain management and rehabilitation plan is created and implemented using physical therapy, acupuncture, and/or chiropractic care. In some cases, our Medical Director may incorporate steroid and/or anesthetic injections in order to reduce pain and increase mobility.

Physical Therapy: Rehabilitation for auto accident/airbag injuries may include any of the following practices: Spinal Decompression; Therapeutic Exercise; Low Level Laser Therapy; Ultrasound; Electrotherapy; and/or Kinesio Taping.

Acupuncture: This ancient technique is an excellent treatment for relieving pain and reducing anxiety after an auto accident. Acupuncture is an important part of a healthy pain management program; it often helps patients avoid the excessive use of painkillers.

Chiropractic: As with physical therapy, chiropractic care directly addresses the cause of pain by ensuring the health of the spine and, in turn, the health of the entire musculoskeletal and nervous systems.

Treatment for Airbag Injuries at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation

After an auto accident, it’s not always easy to know where to turn. Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation is prepared to help patients with both the phsyical and emotional/psychological impacts of a serious car crash. Please contact our Monmouth County office if you have recently experienced a traumatic auto accident to learn more about how our Red Bank, NJ pain management facility can help.

Acupuncture for Headaches

It’s important to understand that oral painkilling medications are meant to be used as a temporary method of relieving pain. Taking higher-than-recommended doses, or long-term reliance on drugs can seriously damage the body in ways that are often underestimated by pain sufferers.

As part of a commitment to reducing pain with healthy practices, acupuncture for auto accident injuries is an important component to any program of rehabilitation. Acupuncture, for example, enhances levels of serotonin and endorphins. While endorphins are similar in structure and action to opiate painkillers, serotonin helps to boost mood and block pain signals as they travel to the brain. For headache sufferers, a boost in serotonin is particularly relevant, as numerous studies have shown that headaches may be a disorder of the serotonergic control system.

Physical Therapy

For the types of auto accident injuries that can cause headaches, physical therapy eases tension and stress in the soft tissues and joints of the spine in order to normalize the musculoskeletal system. Often used in close collaboration with chiropractic treatment, physical therapy may include therapeutic exercise; spinal decompression; hot and cold therapies; electrotherapy; and ultrasound. Additionally, laser therapy may be included in order to speed the healing process at the cellular level and reduce the formation of scar tissue.

Chiropractic Adjustment for Headaches

When the cervical spine (the neck) becomes misaligned due to an auto accident, irritation of the nerves can lead to headaches. The pressure on inflamed nerves can be resolved when the spine is realigned. At Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation, we use a type of chiropractic known as Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). Based on physics and biomechanics, CBP concentrates on correcting the total alignment and posture of the spine.

After an auto accident, headaches may be a warning sign that serious damage has occurred in the neck. Because such symptoms don’t always immediately appear, some auto accident sufferers never make the connection between headache pain and the initial collision. If you have recently experienced a car crash or are living with debilitating headaches, please contact our Monmouth County auto accident pain management and rehabilitation facility.