Auto Injuries [Comprehensive care for optimal recovery]

    Suffering from accident-related pain?

    Millions of people are injured each year in auto accidents. A motor vehicle crash can generate enormous amounts of force, and this force is almost always transmitted into the body of the vehicle's occupants.

    Individuals involved in an auto accident may experience severe throbbing neck or back pain. Oftentimes the pain may radiate to the arm or leg with associated numbness and tingling. Certain patients may experience a severe, throbbing headache that radiates around the head. All these symptoms can occur from even a low-impact accident and without the accident victim striking their head within the vehicle.

    What if there is no pain right after an auto accident?

    After an auto accident, your body may be in a light state of shock. You may not feel any pain at first. But you may have injuries that won't reveal themselves for hours, days, months or even years after the accident.

    That's why it's important for victims of auto accidents to get a thorough physical exam by a physician sufficiently trained in injuries to muscles and joints to rule out any possible hidden or invisible injuries to nerves, muscles, bones or ligaments. Left untreated, these injuries can create severe and painful backache, neck aches, headaches or postural and extremity problems down the road.

    How we help auto accident victims?

    Our medical doctors are board-certified physiatrists and pain relief specialists. The term "physiatry" is derived from the Greek words physikos (physical) and iatreia (art of healing). Physiatrists like our doctors strategically employ physical therapy as well as advanced pain relief treatments to aid the healing and rehab process. Board-certified means that our physicians have taken and passed a rigorous medical specialty examination in the fields of pain medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

    Our physician's diagnostic tools are the same as those used by other doctors, with the addition of special techniques in Electro diagnostic medicine, like electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies. These techniques help our provider's to diagnose conditions that cause pain, weakness and numbness.

    After an initial evaluation, our doctors will customize a treatment program specific to your condition. It may consist of physical therapy modalities and advanced nonsurgical pain relief procedures like prolotherapy (saline injections to joints to strengthen ligaments), blocks (injections which "block" pain in the nerves), radiofrequency (a high-frequency electric field that blocks pain) and nucleoplasty (radio wave injection for treating disc pain). Stretching, exercise and muscle reeducation programs tailored to your condition may also be recommended.

    For more information on our non-surgical pain relief and comprehensive care for auto injuries or to schedule an appointment, call Metro Spine Pain Centers at 301-856-5860.