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I Was in a Car Accident: Can You Help?

I Was in a Car Accident: Can You Help?

You pull out into an intersection, and someone runs a stop sign and swipes your car. Your car certainly looks the worse for the wear, but you’re unsure — at that moment — how your body fared. Often, musculoskeletal damage in a car accident doesn’t reveal itself right away, but as the adrenaline wears off, you’re in discomfort.

Each year in the United States, there are six million car accidents that lead to three million injuries. If you join these unfortunate numbers with an automobile injury of your own, Dr. Ira Siegel and the team here at Pain Center of NJ are here to help.

Here’s a look at some of the more common car accident injuries we see at our practice and how we can help.

Pain in the neck

One of the most common injuries after a car accident is whiplash, especially if you’ve been rear-ended. The force of your head whipping back and forth can strain the connective tissues in your neck, as well as your cervical vertebrae.

The signs of whiplash typically develop within 24 hours of the accident and include:

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, we can take a look to confirm whether you’ve sustained whiplash and get you started on an appropriate treatment plan, which might include medications and a cervical collar.

Pain in your back

Back problems and car accidents are no strangers. When you’re in a car accident, your spine often absorbs much of the impact, which can compress or fracture your vertebrae, as well as cause strains and sprains your back.

If you’re experiencing back pain after a car accident, we urge you to come see us so that we can positively identify the cause through advanced imaging. Once we locate the source of your discomfort, we can discuss next steps in terms of treating the pain and the underlying back issue.

Pain in your chest and shoulder

Although seatbelts do a fantastic job of saving lives, they can also lead to injuries in your chest and shoulder. To ensure that it’s nothing more than bruising, you should come see us so that we can rule out soft or hard tissue damage in your chest or shoulder.

Pain in your knee

Rounding out the most common car accident injuries are those that occur to your knees. If you have a head-on collision, your knees are among the first to feel the brunt of the impact. Even outside of a head-on collision, the sudden jarring impact of an accident can lead to knee problems, such as meniscus tears.

If your knee is stiff and/or painful, you should come see us so that we can identify the problem and get you on the road to better health as quickly as possible.

Though we know we’ve been vague about treatment plans, it’s hard for us to say how we would treat your car accident injury until we’ve had a look. Rest assured, we offer a wide range of pain-management techniques that can help you weather the aftereffects of an accident.

If you’ve been in a car accident and you’re struggling with pain or discomfort, please schedule an appointment by contacting one of our conveniently located New Jersey offices in West Orange, Bayonne, Union City, Ridgefield, Edison, and Union.

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