Surviving an auto accident or personal injury means you might experience lingering pain as a result. In fact, about 20% of people in the United States suffer from chronic pain that can drastically hinder their quality of life. At Rocky Mountain Accident Care in Aurora, Boulder, Greenwood Village, Englewood, Lakewood, Centennial and Westminster, Colorado, the medical team offers personal injury pain management to ease pain, enhance healing, and help you make a full recovery. Call to learn more or schedule an appointment online today.
By definition, chronic pain is pain lasting longer than about 12 weeks. It might occur as a result of a personal injury or numerous other health conditions. Possible causes of chronic pain include:
Regardless of whether your pain is chronic or acute (short-lived), seeing a medical provider to determine the cause and establish an appropriate treatment is important. If you’ve been in an automobile or other accident, getting assessed early is crucial to optimize recovery and document injuries for insurance purposes.
The treatment for chronic pain that best matches your needs depends on what’s causing the pain and how severe it is. When you arrive at Rocky Mountain Accident Care, your provider goes over your medical and accident history, and completes a physical examination.
They may also recommend imaging tests, such as X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans, to diagnose specific injuries. Your individualized treatment plan might include:
Your provider may recommend physical therapy to ease chronic pain and prevent future injuries with strengthening and stretching exercises.
Chiropractic adjustments from a licensed chiropractor can improve your posture, ease neck and back tension, correct spinal misalignment, and reduce or eliminate chronic pain.
Your provider uses ultrasound therapy, or high-frequency sound waves, to promote tissue healing and ease pain caused by injuries.
During interferential nerve stimulation, your provider uses low-frequency electrical stimulation to enhance healing and ease pain.
In addition to the conservative treatments mentioned above, your provider might also suggest other noninvasive treatments for chronic pain. Examples include massage, acupuncture, ComforTrac traction, and heat or ice therapy.
In some cases, oral or topical medications or injections are necessary to ease pain, help your muscles relax, improve sleep quality, or decrease inflammation.
Surgery is a last resort for pain management, but might be a good option if less invasive treatments have failed.
After a thorough evaluation, a medical staff member at Rocky Mountain Accident Care helps determine which pain management treatment best matches your individual needs. Your provider always recommends the least invasive option first, but places your health and well-being as a top priority.
If you’ve been injured in an accident and have lasting pain, book a medical evaluation at Rocky Mountain Accident Care by phone or online today.