Being in an auto accident is a terrible shock to your system and frequently causes musculoskeletal injuries like whiplash. If you’ve suffered an auto accident injury, Bill Sheppard, DC, of United Chiropractic and Medical in Katy, Texas, can help. Dr. Sheppard and his team use a variety of treatments, including chiropractic techniques, to help your injuries heal and relieve your pain. To benefit from the team’s expertise in treating auto accident injuries, call United Chiropractic and Medical or book an appointment online today.

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What are auto accident injuries?

Auto accidents can happen on or off the roads, and they’re a common cause of musculoskeletal injuries. You might suffer severe trauma, such as broken bones and joint dislocations, or damage to the soft tissues. Common auto accident injuries include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Herniated discs
  • Neuropathy (nerve pain)
  • Radiculopathy (spinal nerve compression)
  • Leg or arm pain
  • Whiplash

Injuries like whiplash are typical of auto accidents. Whiplash occurs when your head goes forward violently, often as a result of a rear-end collision. Your neck and upper back muscles and connective tissues stretch and may tear, causing pain, tenderness, and stiffness in your neck.

What should I do if I suffer auto accident injuries?

If you suffer a severe auto accident injury like a fracture, you might need to go to the hospital for treatment and possibly have surgery if the bones are badly broken.

However, it’s not unusual to develop pain a while after an accident, when the shock wears off. Therefore, it’s important to get yourself checked out if you’re involved in a collision, even if you feel OK. 

Less severe injuries can still cause pain and disability and may become chronic problems if they don’t get the right treatment.

The United Chiropractic and Medical team can perform a comprehensive exam to assess your injuries and see what treatments you need. Your provider takes time to evaluate and understand your injuries so they can offer suitable recommendations for treatment and long-term care.

How are auto accident injuries treated?

The treatment your United Chiropractic and Medical provider recommends for your auto accident injuries depends on the type of damage you suffer. For example, they might combine chiropractic care with massage therapy to improve your soft tissue injuries.

The main treatments for auto accident injuries include:

  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Physical therapy
  • Electrical stimulation (e-stim)
  • Heat and ice
  • Magnetic therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • DRX9000® spinal decompression
  • Therapeutic ultrasound

Auto accident injuries often require a combination of therapy and medical services. Most auto insurance policies provide personal injury protection and benefits that typically include medical care and rehabilitation.

For expert care of your auto accident injuries, call United Chiropractic and Medical today or book an appointment online.