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Your primary care physician — the one you see for annual physicals — will play a role in your care but may not have the training to treat injuries sustained in an accident, like concussions, whiplash, and soft tissue injuries. Seek out an experienced pain specialist — a doctor with special training to treat injuries and pain. Pain management doctors can diagnose any injuries and prepare a customized recovery plan to treat you. We have a team of pain doctors, including a neurologist specializing in treating head injuries and concussions. You get state-of-the-art care and a recovery plan built for you.
Your pain physician can help you more if you tell them everything about your accident and injuries. Please give them the details of the accident, how it happened, where it happened, others who were injured, what happened after the accident, and any other medical care you received. Also, share any symptoms you experienced, any trouble sleeping or moving, and your medical history, including other conditions or previous injuries you may have sustained. The more information you can provide, the better the doctor can help.
Get medical care right after your accident, even if things “feel OK.” Go to an emergency room, if necessary, then see a pain physician soon after the accident for a complete exam and diagnosis. Some symptoms may feel minor at first, such as muscle aches, backaches, neck pain, or headaches, but those can turn into more severe conditions if not treated.
You could also have internal injuries, which your doctor can diagnose with an X-ray. Don’t delay — seeing a pain doctor right after your crash can help you recover faster and avoid more severe problems.
As you recover from your injury, you will need to be an active partner in your recovery plan, ensuring that you follow the doctor’s suggestions and attend your follow-up treatments and visits. This will help the physician track your recovery and make adjustments as needed. Ask your doctor to detail your treatment plan for you and explain any long-term effects you may experience from the accident. And, if you are involved in any legal matters as a result of your injuries, ask the doctor how they will document your treatment and care. Don’t hesitate to ask questions — your pain physician can help you understand the severity of your injuries and assist in your treatment and recovery.
Being in an auto accident can be unsettling and cause many changes to your normal routine. Having a doctor who has experience in treating car accident injuries is essential.
At Excelsia Injury Care, we treat auto and work injuries and other chronic and acute pain. Reach out today to speak to one of our auto and work injury specialists to make an appointment.