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Common Short and Long-Term Care for Car Accident Injuries

Posted on Thursday, November 30th, 2023 at 12:00 am    

Like car accidents themselves, car accident injuries can range from minor to severe. While minor injuries may heal on their own, others will need medical treatment. 

Keep reading to learn from a McAllen physician about common types of medical care offered in the short- and long-term after a car accident injury. 

Short-Term Care

Some car accident injuries are minor and will only require short-term intervention to heal, meaning they will heal in six months or less. Other injuries will heal on their own, but treatment can make the process faster and more comfortable. 

Common short-term medical treatments given for car accident injuries include:

  • Minor Wound Treatment — Includes things like cleaning and bandaging the wound.
  • Medication — Includes antibiotics, pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, and more.
  • Splints and Casts — For broken bones and other musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Minor surgery — Surgery to remove glass, to stabilize fractures, to repair torn muscle, and more.
  • Chiropractic Adjustment — Can help relieve pain, reduce swelling, and realign the spine.

Keep in mind that there are many other forms of medical treatment that may be needed depending on the specifics of your case. While some of the injuries that would require the treatments listed above are serious enough to require emergency treatment, some may be minor enough for you to see a general physician. 

For non-emergency injuries, you can see a McAllen physician at 911 Pain Management Clinic.

Long-Term Care

Some car accident injuries are more severe and will require significant, long-term medical intervention to properly heal. Other injuries will never fully heal and will require continuous treatment to manage the issue. These types of serious and long-term injuries are often treated with the following types of care:

  • Major Surgery — While major surgery may take a matter of hours or days, that surgery can then require life-life or long-term follow-up care and consultations.
  • Medication Management — While medication may be taken in the short term for minor injuries, major injuries may require long-term medication management. This involves not only identifying the right medications and dosages for your health, but also preventing dependency.
  • Physiotherapy — Physiotherapy is another type of treatment that may be used in the short term to speed up healing and prevent muscle weakness. In the long term, physiotherapy is used to help relieve pain and restore strength and mobility.
  • Occupational Therapy — Occupational therapy is similar to physiotherapy in that it aims to restore abilities, but in the case of occupational therapy, that means helping you learn or relearn how to perform specific tasks, like getting dressed.
  • Chiropractic Care — Consistent chiropractic care following a car accident injury can help relieve pain and restore your range of motion.

Get McAllen Car Accident Injury Treatment Information at 911 Pain Management Clinic

Some car accident injuries are unpredictable. Some injuries that seem minor, like bruising and swelling that won’t go away, may be a sign of a more serious problem.

If you’ve suffered a non-emergency car accident injury and you aren’t sure what medical treatment you may need, come see a McAllen physician at 911 Pain Management Clinic to get answers.

If you’ve suffered non-emergency injuries in a car accident, come see us at 911 Pain Management Clinic to learn what care you need.

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