Accidents, a sedentary lifestyle, and just lack of maintenance of our bodies can result in the misalignment of the spine and joints. Many pains and diseases are caused by this misalignment as the communication flow between the brain and the various parts of the body are obstructed. Chiropractic treatment involves spinal adjustments and manipulations to realign the bones and joints to help reduce pain and restore balance and range of motion.
Physical Medicine & Rehab
Patients with chronic pain, orthopaedic injuries, spine-related pain, and occupational overuse syndrome may require physical medicine and rehab. This patient-centered area of treatment aims to restore patients’ functional ability and independence in conducting their daily activities. Body issues include those affecting the spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.
Physical therapists can teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. They examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, Physical Therapists work with patients to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
The head and neck are the most vulnerable in a vehicular accident. Accidents can cause trauma and injury to the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck. Whiplash can result not only in neck pain, but also pain in the face, jaw, and in or around the ear. Forceful impact can cause facial trauma & deformities, and nasal obstruction. Likewise, several ear-related disorders such as hearing loss, Tinnitus, and loss of balance, may be caused by brain trauma as a result of an accident. Otolaryngologists or E.N.T. doctors help diagnose and treat these injuries. Depending on the condition, treatment ranges from pain medication to surgery.
Many accidents and health conditions seriously affect the ankles and feet, and will require a consultation and treatment with a podiatrist. Many vehicular accidents and slip & falls cause fractures and sprains, joints on your toes to get knocked out of place, and toenails to get injured and infected. Depending on the severity of the situation, a podiatrist might suggest shots to bring down pain and swelling, pain medicine, padding, physical therapy, orthotics, or surgery.
Chronic pain—often a result of damage to the peripheral nerves, or caused by underlying and/or related illnesses will need the help of a neurologist. Tension headaches and migraines are common types of headaches that also require the help of the neurologist; including Traumatic Brain Injury, which is caused by sudden and forceful impact on the head.
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Some injuries may require plastic and reconstructive surgery. Acute trauma on parts of the body due to accidents may cause some of our vulnerable body parts to cease to function normally, such as when a bad nasal fracture occurs, inhibiting normal nasal breathing. Serious burn injuries, for example, may require reconstructive surgery.
Some Available Treatment Tools
Spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that may help relieve back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine, which changes the force and position of the spine. This change takes pressure off the spinal disks,which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spin, by creating negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal, which results in pain relief.
EMS is the acronym for Electrical Muscle Stimulation. EMS is used for rehabilitation purposes in the prevention of disuse muscle atrophy which can occur after musculoskeletal injuries, such as damage to bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Ultrasound is often used to provide deep heating to soft tissue structures in the body. Deep heating tendons, muscles or ligaments increases circulation to those tissues, which is thought to help the healing process. Increasing tissue temperature with ultrasound is also used to help decrease pain. Deep heating can be used to increase the elasticity of muscles and tendons that may be tight.