Car accidents are a distressing and scary experience even if you don’t believe you’re badly injured, but aches and pains very often come out later, when the shock wears off. If you have back, limb, or muscle pain following an accident, Alan James, DC, and his team at JNT Natural Medicine in Memphis, Tennessee, can help. Dr. James is a pain medicine expert who has extensive experience with helping people who’ve sustained musculoskeletal injuries in a car accident, so call the office today or book an appointment online.
The type of injuries you sustain in a car accident depends on several variables, such as the speed of the car, the nature of the impact, and what happens to the vehicle after the impact, for example, if it rolls over or gets crushed.
Major car accidents can cause life-threatening injuries like internal bleeding, brain damage, and severed arteries that require emergency medical attention. Thankfully most car accidents result in less dramatic outcomes, but the injuries you might sustain can still have a long-term, disabling effect on your life.
Typical musculoskeletal injuries seen at JNT Natural Medicine resulting from car accidents include:
It’s not unusual to experience numbness and tingling in your arms, hands, and legs after a car accident because your nerves all connect to the spinal cord, so the nerves are likely to get compressed.
If you’ve been in a car accident, you might not realize at first what damage you’ve sustained to muscles, tendons, and ligaments, because you’re full of the fight-or-flight hormones adrenaline and cortisol. This is normal, as these hormones help block pain signals. However, when they wear off, any injuries start to cause pain.
Another reason for delayed symptoms after a car accident is that your body’s coping mechanism is constantly adapting to your environment. When you reach your limit and can’t adapt anymore, you might start to experience symptoms even if it’s days, weeks, months, or years after the accident.
If you have joint or muscle pain after a car accident, you need to speak to a health care professional who understands soft tissue injuries, spinal biomechanics, and rehabilitation strategies. The team at JNT Natural Medicine has the expertise to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions using advanced rehabilitation methods.
The treatment you need depends on what’s causing your pain, so the first step is to get an accurate diagnosis. The team at JNT Natural Medicine uses state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging equipment to produce detailed pictures of your bones, joints, and soft tissues, which helps them create a treatment plan. Your plan could include therapies such as:
If you’re in pain after a car accident, the JNT Natural Medicine team can provide effective treatments to reduce your discomfort, and they have years of experience in dealing with lawyers and insurance companies. Call today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.