Medical Care and Pain Management for Auto Accidents

Doctors specializing in Pain Management, or Physiatrist focus on the non-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal conditions including back pain, neck pain, disc issues or arm and leg pain often occur due to an auto accident.  At Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation, this type of medical doctor leads a team of practitioners including physical  therapists, acupuncturist, massage therapists, and Chiropractic Doctors) in diagnosing and treating auto accident injury patients near Shrewsbury, Freehold, Wall, and Lacey NJ.

Our Medical Director will work to create a program to help reduce pain, increase mobility and help patients adjust to use assistive devices such as wheelchairs or braces. A motor vehicle accident can be a traumatic experience a physiatrist also addresses the emotional and social needs of patients during the pain management and rehabilitation process.

Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation centers on harnessing the body’s ability to heal naturally without surgery or excessive drug use. In some cases, however the pain caused by auto accident injuries is so great that patients are unable to use physical therapy, acupuncture and or chiropractic to relieve pain.

Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation centers on harnessing the body’s ability to heal naturally without surgery and excessive drug use.  We understand in some motor vehicle accident patients other interventions for patients who are unable to use physical therapy, acupuncture and or chiropractic for pain relief.

In these cases, our pain management specialist may recommend the use of injection involving a corticosteroid and or anesthetic numbing agent. These are a few of the injections that are available to our patients:

Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI) are used to treat inflammation and pain associated with a number of motor vehicle auto accidents related conditions. Some of these symptoms may include back pain, herniated or bulging discs or abnormal alignment of the vertebrae. The epidural space surrounds the spinal sac and provides cushioning for nerves and spinal cord. When steroids are injected in this area, they produce an anti-inflammatory reaction that can decrease pain and help patients increase functioning.

Facet Joint Injections (injections of a long-lasted steroid are administrated in the facet joints, located between the vertebrae of the each spinal segment. Facet Joint Injections are used in auto accident cases in which pain has developed in a joint of the body.

Sacroiliac Joint Injections are administered in the Sacroiliac Joint which is located between the sacrum (the bone in the lower portion of the spine, below the lumbar spine) and the right and left iliac (pelvic) bones.

Coccyx Injections may be used when it has been established that pain is originating from the coccyx, also known as the tailbone.

Our auto-injury pain management specialists also perform peripheral joint injections, trigger point injections for pain originating in the muscles and sympathetic blocks. The purpose of all of these treatments is to increase functioning so patients can use Physical Therapy and other conservative treatments at our practice.

Acupuncture for Auto Accident Injury Relief

Acupuncture is an effective tool in addressing both the physical and emotional trauma following an auto accident. Individuals who have been in an auto accident.  In many cases, acupuncture can greatly help to decrease patient’s dependence on pain-killing medications.

Acupuncture for Emotional Trauma

Some motor or auto accident vehicle victims experience a form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after an accident. This often occurs of the fast-paced, unexpected nature of auto accidents. They happen without warning and so quickly that the brain is unable to process experience until well after the incident has taken place.

Acupuncture for Whiplash, herniated discs and other physical trauma can affect an individual’s balance. Chinese medicine considers the act of whiplash to be a disorder of balance because of how sudden force affects the structure of the bones. Acupuncture treatments for car accident patients will focus on alleviating the pain associated with whiplash while helping patients regain their proper balance.

Other conditions such as herniated discs and whiplash, the sooner acupuncture is started the more effective it can be in terms of pain relief. By stimulating the nervous system, acupuncture helps the body to release chemicals that ease pain. Acupuncture prompts the release of endorphins which have both natural painkilling effects as well as calming properties.

Physical Therapy for Auto Accident Injuries

Physical Therapy is used to promote movement and enhance flexibility while reducing pain. This is particularly relevant for auto accident victims in that many auto accident injuries can cause substantial pain and immobilization.

For typical auto accident injuries such as whiplash, disc problems or concerns affecting the arms and legs there are a number of physical therapy modalities offered at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation.

Our experienced Auto Accident Physical Therapy team uses a variety of exercises and tools to help a patient recover. Some of these include Therapeutic Exercises such as to help patients restore strength, range of motion and also balance.

Physical Therapy for Motor Vehicle accident recovery may also include equipment such as recumbent bikes, dumbbells or our Power Plate Vibration Technology.

Spinal Decompression can be used for auto accident patients who are experiencing pain in the back, neck, arm or leg. Spinal Decompression works by removing pressure on the spinal nerves that may be compressed by herniated or bulging discs or inflammation.

Neuromuscular Re-education this method facilitates the return of normal movement in patients with neuromuscular injuries after a car accident or motor vehicle injury. Using manual techniques promotes the body’s healing abilities by imprinting new messages to the control center of the brain.

Low Level Laser Therapy for auto accident injury can be effective because this therapy promotes healing by speeding up the process at the cellular level and aiding in the production of collagen, the main protein in connective tissues. Low level laser therapy can also help to reduce pain and inflammation from auto accident injuries.

Chiropractic Care for Auto & Motor Accident Injuries

Chiropractic care is the most prevalent in auto accident injuries. The sudden, traumatic effects of a car cash can have serious impact on the health of the spine. Because chiropractic is the field of health specializing in disorders of the central nervous system, the brain and the spinal cord.

Whiplash can seriously distort the shape and functioning of the cervical spine (neck), leading to pain and a number of other symptoms.

Back pain from car accidents or motor vehicle injuries can form herniated discs and is a painful condition often caused by the abrupt shock from an auto accident.

Whiplash and Chiropractic can occur in auto accidents in which the neck experiences a sudden, traumatic distortion such as when a vehicle is hit from behind.

Back Injuries occur for many auto accident patients. Symptoms that often occur are a result of herniated or bulged discs. The discs of the spine act as cushions between the vertebrae of the spine.  When enough trauma or force is applied (such as in an auto accident) the outer shell of this cushion may tear, allowing the soft, inner portion to bulge out and cause pain, numbness, tingling and other sensory changes.