Injury Treatment for Accident Victims
People involved in high-impact accidents, such as motor vehicle accidents involving drunk driving, often suffer catastrophic injuries that require significant care and/or rehabilitation. Closed head concussion injury, open head injury, other types of traumatic brain injury, as well as soft tissue injury, are just some of the possible injuries that can be sustained in catastrophic accidents. Victims of such accidents may need a range of short- and long-term treatments, often beginning with immediate emergency care and continuing with ongoing treatment for pain.
Over the long term, one of the major difficulties many accident victims face is chronic pain from injuries to the body's soft tissues the tendons, ligaments, muscles and nerves. Soft tissue injuries can require the assistance of sports physicians, local chiropractors, physical therapists and other pain management specialists.
What to do next:
- If you or a loved one is experiencing severe pain, contact a doctor immediately.
- Learn more about the treatments provided by pain management specialists by reading the remainder of this article and visiting the website(s) listed at the bottom.
- For information on filing personal injury lawsuits against those responsible for your suffering, contact a personal injury attorney.
Treatment for Soft Tissue Injuries
Car accidents and similarly violent incidents cause an excessive number of soft tissue injuries. The violent forces associated with sudden impact can cause hyperextension and hyperflexion of the soft tissues, i.e., sprains, strains, whiplash and similar injuries. Symptoms include swelling and sharp, constant pain.
Several types of pain management practitioners offer treatments aimed at helping patients suffering from soft tissue injuries, including:
- Sports physicians
- Physical therapists
- Naturopathic doctors
- Massage therapists
If you are suffering from chronic pain from a soft tissue injury, you will likely be referred to one or more of these types of practitioners.
Technologies Used to Treat Soft Tissue Injuries
Victims of serious accidents, including car accidents, usually undergo a physical examination followed by a battery of tests to determine the nature and severity of their injuries. This may include X-rays to look for broken bones, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to view the soft tissues, as well as other tests.
One of the most promising of recent advances in diagnostic technology is the Stand-Up MRI. This revolutionary machine allows doctors to scan a patient's injuries in a myriad of positions, including those positions that cause the victim pain. Experts familiar with the technology consider this a marked improvement over traditional MRI machines, which do not have the capability of scanning a patient while in a weight-bearing position (instead, they require the patient to lie on his or her back). This drawback of traditional MRIs translates to thousands of undetected injuries, because many injuries only appear when the patient is scanned in a weight-bearing position. When an injury goes unidentified it can be difficult to obtain monetary compensation.
More information on Stand-Up MRI technology can be obtained by visiting the Stand-Up MRI centers listed at the bottom of this page.
Compensation for Accident Injuries
Medical care and diagnostic exams for high-impact injuries can be very costly. If you feel that your injuries were the fault of someone else, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Injuries caused by the negligence of another party may be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit, and you may be eligible for compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills and other expenses. For this reason it is very important that you undergo an examination that includes the latest in diagnostic technologies. Please visit the websites listed below for more detailed information on these technologies.