Most days pass uneventfully—the average daily experience is one of routine, a (hopefully) pleasant round of work and family responsibilities. When an auto accident occurs, your normal schedule is suddenly and violently disrupted. Because you are not anticipating the trauma, an auto accident is always disorienting. This is true whether the accident was serious or minor.
For some people, injuries are noticeable right away and require immediate medical attention. I’ve also witnessed a number of patients who were either unaware of an injury or didn’t experience pain until two or three days after the accident. This is known as delayed onset of symptoms. This type of patient usually refuses treatment at the site of the accident, but starts to feel worse gradually.
Maybe you left the accident site feeling a little dazed and sore but otherwise okay? And then a couple of days later, there might be an ache in your neck that later becomes pain and immobility. Now it’s time to seek out treatment for your auto accident injury; further delaying care could exacerbate the injury and/or lead to chronic pain.
Whiplash is a good example of this phenomenon. While whiplash is a serious condition that requires care, symptoms may take weeks—even months—to become apparent. Because of the protracted nature of the injury, some patients may not even connect the dots between the symptoms of whiplash and the initial incident.
Scar tissue is often responsible for the delayed onset of symptoms. Over time, scar tissue may build up under the skin in and around injured muscles and tendons. Nerve endings then become irritated by this scar tissue.
So, what should you do when you start experiencing symptoms in the days, weeks, and months following an auto accident? Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation Center has simplified the treatment process by incorporating an Auto Accident Injury Program. Rather than shuttling yourself between multiple offices to visit a medical doctor, physical therapist, acupuncturist, etc., we offer all of the following modalities for pain management and rehabilitation of auto accident injuries:
Pain Management and Rehabilitation For Auto Accident Injuries in Monmouth County
Monmouth County auto accident victims are fortunate: The state of New Jersey requires that all drivers purchase auto insurance and the laws of our state dictate that all auto accident participants have the right to receive medical treatment regardless of which party is at fault.
To learn more about the Auto Accident Injury Program at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation Center, click here or contact our Red Bank, NJ pain management and rehabilitation facility.Contributed by Dr. Thomas Dandrea
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