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 neck or back pain. Often, 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 of these symptoms can occur from even a low-impact accident, and even without the accident victim striking his or her 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 will not reveal themselves until after the accident.

    That is why it is 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 concealed or undiagnosed injuries to nerves, muscles, bones, or ligaments. Left untreated, these injuries can create severe back aches, neck aches, headaches, or postural and extremity problems down the road.

    How we help auto accident victims?

    Our medical doctors are board-certified pain specialists with training in physiatry and anesthesiology. The term "physiatry" is derived from the Greek words physikos (physical) and iatreia (art of healing). “Anesthesiology” is derived from anaesthesia (from Greek ἀν-, an-, "without"; and aisthēsis, "sensation")and ology (branch of study). "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 physicians' 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 providers 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 non-surgical pain relief procedures like prolotherapy (saline injections to joints to strengthen ligaments), blocks (injections which "block" pain in the nerves), and radiofrequency ablation (a high-frequency electric field that blocks pain). Stretching, exercise, and muscle re-education 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.