Injuries sustained in automobile and motorcycle accidents make up one of the most common causes of chronic pain. Thousands and thousands of people are injured in motor vehicle accidents every day in the U.S., but many of these injuries are not readily apparent.
Even when a car accident seems like it’s not very serious in terms of damage to the vehicles involved and outward signs of physical trauma to their occupants, hidden injuries can bring on serious, long-lasting pain that may significantly reduce the sufferers’ quality of life and that may interfere with their ability to work and enjoy life as they wish.
If you’re involved in a car accident, paramedics on the scene will check first and foremost for life-threatening injuries. If you are taken to the emergency room, the emphasis again will be on detecting any acute problems that must be addressed before you can be sent home. Injuries like broken bones and bleeding lacerations are relatively easy to detect, but the injuries that cause chronic pain are not so obvious. To make matters more confusing, the pain itself might not be felt for some time after the incident that triggered it.
In fact, the onset of serious pain most commonly does not occur until three days after the incident that caused it, and it can take even longer than that for chronic pain to become evident. In an accident, the vehicles involved often experience near-instantaneous deceleration; that is the cars or trucks are quickly brought to a stop when they collide. The problem is that the human bodies inside, following the laws of physics, continue traveling in the same speed and direction that they were already going.
Fortunately, the vehicles’ restraint systems keep them from doing so, otherwise many accident victims would fly through the windshield and land on the pavement, as used to happen more often in the days before widespread use of seat belts. Unfortunately, the forces applied by the sudden stoppage can wrench a human body violently enough to cause trauma to the soft tissues around the joints, that is, the muscles, tendons and ligaments around areas such as the knees, shoulders, elbows and hips. The neck is one of the areas most prone to injury in a car accident; injuries that happen to the tissues around the upper spine are often collectively referred to by the non-medical term whiplash.
Phoenix Pain Treatment offers Phoenix interventional pain management for auto accident victims. Not only do we offer many modalities of medical and chiropractic treatment for pain, we can help you navigate through the complex and often difficult legal and insurance issues that often surround getting treatment for an accident-related injury. If you have post-accident pain, call Phoenix Pain Treatment at 602-449-9430.