After an auto accident, you may have severe pain in your neck, back, and even throughout your body. That pain doesn’t have to last if you reach out for pain management help at Center for Pain Management in Edinburg, Texas. World-class pain management doctor Tajul "Tim” Chowdhury, MD is here to help you recover as quickly and comfortably as possible. Use the online appointment tool or call the office to arrange your pain relief consultation now.
One of the most frequently-occurring auto accident injuries is whiplash. Whiplash happens because your neck makes a violent back-and-forth movement during the accident. Your tendons, ligaments, joints, and muscles all go through tremendous strain during the collision, and whiplash is the result.
Whiplash mainly affects your neck, upper spine, and shoulders but it can also cause more widespread pain. Some other auto accident injuries can include herniated discs, spinal cord damage, and bone fractures.
Whiplash typically causes severe pain in your neck, shoulders, and upper back, but the pain often doesn't start until at least a few hours after the auto accident. Sometimes, whiplash onset is delayed for several days. Many whiplash sufferers also experience other problems like restricted range-of-motion in the upper body or chronic headaches.
If you're dealing with a herniated disc or spinal cord damage after an accident, you may experience sharp pain in an isolated part of your back or neck. You may also have numbness or tingling in the same area.
Like whiplash, a herniated disc injury isn't always immediately obvious. Because of this, it's very important to see a doctor as soon as possible following an auto accident. The sooner that an injury like whiplash or herniated disc is discovered, the sooner you can get the pain relief you need.
Treatment for auto accident pain can vary according to your needs and your injury. At Center for Pain Management, two of the most common treatments for auto accident pain are epidural injections and trigger point injections.
Epidural injections contain corticosteroids and may also include anesthetics. Trigger point injections contain mainly anesthetics but may also include a corticosteroid. With both of these types of injections, you'll typically have a short series of injections, with each planned about two weeks after the last one. Most patients have around three injections in total.
Epidural or trigger point injections can both give you excellent pain relief for anywhere from days to months. Because each patient responds differently to injections, it's hard to predict results. However, for most patients, these injections are an effective way to deal with auto accident pain.
If you’ve experienced pain after an auto accident recently, use the online booking tool or call the Center for Pain Management office to schedule your appointment now.