Integrated Health Care for Back Pain After a Car Accident

Health Care & Medical

A medical center offering integrated health care services can be particularly effective for pain management and recovery after a car accident injury. These centers generally have at least one medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy on staff, along with practitioners in complementary disciplines such as chiropractic and acupuncture.

Statistics

More than a million injuries occur in the United States each year due to vehicle accidents. A large number of those accidents cause trauma to the back or neck, or both. Chiropractic care can be extremely helpful for recovery and pain management with this type of injury, but most people still want to see a medical doctor as well. Being able to see both doctors at one facility is particularly convenient.

Back and Neck Injuries

Whiplash occurs after sudden involuntary movement of the head jerks it back and forth. This neck injury is one of the most common in rear-end collisions. Muscles and ligaments are strained and damaged, which may cause long-term pain and stiffness. Oddly, sometimes the initial symptoms do not occur for several days after the accident. In addition, many individuals experience a herniated disk resulting from a vehicle collision.

These conditions can cause moderate to debilitating pain, as well as symptoms like tingling or numbness in the arms, hands and legs. The person may need to take time off from work.

Integrated Care

Chiropractors and medical doctors at a clinic such as The Mañé Center may make an initial diagnosis and then order diagnostics such as X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging to confirm the diagnosis. The patient’s health insurance company and automotive insurance provider may want this type of verification.

Chiropractors can treat the conditions with spinal manipulation and other musculoskeletal therapies that help the body heal. Medical doctors can prescribe medication to relieve pain temporarily if the patient needs something stronger than can be purchased over the counter. In addition, they may prescribe ibuprofen at a higher strength than can be bought without a prescription. Although the patient could simply take an extra pill or two of the usual dosage, the prescription has the additional advantage of being paid for under many insurance policies.