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Should You Seek Out Pain Management Following a Car Accident?

September 20, 2022
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Car accidents take an incredible toll on the human body. Even seemingly minor accidents can result in bumps, bruises, lacerations, and so forth. Whiplash is another big concern. Needless to say, pain can be a long-lasting consequence of a car accident. Should victims seek out pain management treatment following a car accident?

Anyone involved in a car accident should get medical help as soon as it's safe and practical to do so. There are a number of reasons for this:

  • A thorough examination can reveal non-apparent injuries
  • Early treatment improves healing potential and reduces recovery time
  • Insurance companies generally balk at paying for treatments if medical help isn't sought within 72 hours of an accident.

In relation to pain management, it may not be something you seek out within the first few hours after an accident. But it may be something to seriously consider within the first couple of days.

Painful Injuries Can Linger

Car accidents have lots of consequences. What few people realize, until it actually happens to them, is that injuries resulting from car accidents can cause pain that lingers for weeks, months, or even years. We have seen plenty of patients in our Utah pain clinics looking for help managing chronic pain after a car accident.

Ideally, a pain management physician wants to help the patient find full and complete relief. In many cases, full relief is eventually realized. Nevertheless, there are just as many cases in which pain lingers for the rest of the patient's life. Pain management becomes critically important.

For this reason alone, it is important to consider visiting a pain clinic if you don't begin feeling better within a few days of having an accident. There may be lingering issues that need to be addressed in ways your GP or family doctor didn't consider.

Returning to a Normal Life

Pain management is also called for when car accident injuries dramatically alter daily life. For example, perhaps you suffered a back injury that continues to cause lingering pain. That pain is preventing you from living the life you lived prior to the accident.

A well-conceived pain management plan could change that. A good plan could eliminate your pain altogether. And if not, it should at least enable you to resume some of your normal activities to help you live a more normal life.

Doing What You Can, When You Can

It would be inappropriate for us to promise a pain-free life after a few visits to one of our pain clinics. That's just not realistic. But our goal for pain management is to help you do what you can, when you can. Our approach is built on our belief in plant-based medicine and the holistic model of treating the whole person.

We do believe there is a place for traditional medicine in helping manage pain, especially pain resulting from car accidents. But we also believe that combining traditional medicine with its plant-based counterpart is the best way to approach long-term pain management.

See Your Doctor Right Away

If you are ever involved in a car accident, no matter how minor, get things squared away with the police and any other drivers and then get to your doctor. The sooner you are evaluated, the sooner any necessary treatments can begin.

Effectively addressing lingering pain may be something your GP or family doctor isn't equipped to do. We encourage you to visit one of our Utah pain clinics. Our pain management physicians are specialists in this particular area. They can help you chart a pain relief path moving forward.

By KindlyMD
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