Auto Accident Injury Treatment Questions and Answers
If you or someone you know has recently been in an auto accident, come to Integrative Medical Group of Texas for treatment. Our kind and compassionate professionals in Austin, TX are experienced in treating injuries caused by auto accidents and can provide you with relief for your symptoms. For more information, please call us or request an appointment online.
Driving is one of the most popular forms of transportation, and with so many vehicles on the road, accidents sometimes happen. Thankfully, most auto accidents are minor and inflict minor damage to the driver, passengers and vehicle. However, even seemingly minor injuries only present themselves several days after the fact and are much worse than they originally seemed. If injuries from an auto accident are treated right away, they are much more likely to make a full recovery. In addition, most insurance policies are time-sensitive and must be filed within a set timeframe (typically 48 hours), including a medical report.
What kind of injuries do you get from a minor car accident?
Strains and Sprains — Tendon sprains and ligament and muscle strains, such as whiplash, are often sustained from minor car accidents and can take weeks, or even months, to heal.
Bruising — Bruises and contusions are often minor injuries sustained from auto accidents and can occur on any area of the body, although they are most common on the arms, legs, face and chest.
Scrapes and Cuts — Scrapes, cuts and abrasions are often caused by airbags and shattered glass, although they can still occur in low-impact collisions.
Shoulder Injuries — Shoulders are sensitive and intricate joints that can sustain damage from seemingly minor impacts. Because the shoulders are made up of several different tendons, ligaments and muscles, moving with force in any direction can cause inflammation and pain.
Chest Injuries — While wearing a seatbelt can save your life, the force of the body pressing against it can injure the chest.
Back Injuries — Lower back injuries are the most common injury reported after an auto accident. If the body is quickly jolted, it can strain the lower back, causing pain for weeks.
Neck Injuries — Whiplash is one of the most common injuries associated with auto accidents; it can occur in slow speed collisions and result in painful symptoms that persist for over a month.
How are accident injuries treated?
The type of treatment for an auto accident injury depends on the kind of injury and the area of the body affected. Common types of treatments include:
- Proper Exercise and Nutrition
- Medication Management
- Over-the-counter Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs
- Hot and Cold Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Chiropractic Care
- Spinal Decompression
- Joint Injections
How long does it take to recover from an auto accident injury?
The time it takes to recover from an auto accident injury depends on several factors, including:
- The type of injury
- The severity of the injury
- The location of the injury
- The overall health of the patient
- Lifestyle factors, including exercise and diet
Minor car accident injuries take an average of six weeks to recover, whereas more severe accidents can take months, or even years to make a full recovery.
How do you know when an auto accident injury is serious?
An auto accident may be serious if:
- Pain persists for more than two weeks
- Symptoms do not improve or get worse
- Pain interferes with quality of life
- Pain limits mobility or range of motion
If you have been in an auto accident, it is important to receive a professional medical evaluation as soon as possible. Come to Integrative Medical Group of Texas today to have your injuries evaluated; we can help you recover sooner. To book an appointment, call our office at (512) 601-8540 or visit our clinic located at 6905 West Gate Blvd Suite A, Austin, TX 78745. Our office is open Mon: 7am-1pm, 3pm-6pm, Tue: 8am-11am, 3pm-6pm, Wed: 8am-1pm, 3pm-6pm, Thurs: 7am-11am, 3pm-6pm. We serve patients from Austin TX, Sunset Valley TX, Hays TX, Rollingwood TX, Bee Cave TX, Manchaca TX, West Lake Hills TX, Buda TX, and South Austin, TX. Looking forward to serve you!