Several of the most common auto accident injuries can have delayed symptoms, making it important to get a medical checkup even if you feel fine. Ari Lerner, MD, at Pain Management Specialists of New York, has extensive experience providing the care needed for car accident injuries and is a trusted provider of many attorneys who seek the best care for their patients. Dr. Lerner also works closely with a network of medical specialists and provides reports for attorneys as needed. Schedule an appointment online or call 718-932-1740 to book your visit to one of the four locations throughout New York City, in Long Island City, Astoria, the Midtown East neighborhood of Manhattan, and Pelham Bay and Mott Haven in the Bronx.
Head and neck injuries frequently occur during car accidents. Auto accidents account for 14% of all traumatic brain injuries. But you can sustain a range of different injuries, including:
The trauma of a car accident can also cause widespread body pain even when you don’t experience a specific injury.
You can have delayed symptoms, which is why you should always get a medical evaluation even if you don’t have an obvious injury. Three of the most common injuries in a car accident may not cause immediate symptoms:
Whiplash injuries occur when your neck suffers a sudden back and forth movement. This type of injury can damage the neck muscles, ligaments, discs, nerves, and vertebrae. The common symptoms of neck pain and stiffness, headache, and tingling sensations may not appear for several days.
Though a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury causes immediate symptoms, the dizziness, memory loss, confusion, and headaches associated with a mild concussion may not develop for days or months.
Severe back injuries cause immediate pain. However, you can sustain soft tissue injuries, and you may not feel the pain for several hours or days. It takes time for inflammation, bruising, and muscle stiffness to reach maximum levels and trigger pain.
Pain Management Specialists of New York begins with an exam, and they can refer you out for diagnostic imaging, such as MRIs, as needed. Once your provider diagnoses the type and severity of your injury, they develop a treatment plan.
In some cases, your provider may refer you to a specialist within their network of physicians, such as orthopedic and spinal specialists. Otherwise, they begin your treatment with conservative therapies such as medication, rest, and physical therapy and rehabilitation.
To relieve acute or ongoing pain, your provider at Pain Management Specialists of New York may recommend an advanced interventional treatment such as epidural steroid injections, a nerve block, or spinal cord stimulation.
They also provide regenerative medicine treatments such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to accelerate healing.
If you need treatment following an auto accident, call Pain Management Specialists of New York, or book an appointment online.