Automobile accidents injury more than 3 million Americans each year. These incidents can be causes by negligence, distracted driving, drugs/alcohol, and adverse weather conditions. Our pain management providers treat all types of auto accident injuries. Treatment is covered under your personal injury claim insurance. From whiplash to herniated disc to broken bones and permanent disabilities—we treat all tough-to-manage injuries.
It is important to know that you should not wait weeks or months before getting treatment. Research shows that the faster an injured person seeks medical treatment, the more likely he/she is to make a full recovery. To avoid chronic neck or back pain, you should receive a comprehensive evaluation at the pain management center. Our practice has some of the top state pain management physicians, all who have had specialty training in treating injuries.
Conditions Treated after Auto Accidents
Our pain management specialists can treat many injuries, conditions, and disorders that are the result of an auto crash. These include:
- Chronic neck pain
- Back pain
- Torn ligaments and tendons
- Pinched nerve
- Fracture pain
- Bulging intravertebral disc
- Herniated disc
- Lumbar radiculopathy
- Severe muscle spasms
- Trigger point pain
Epidural Steroid Injections
A series of 2-4 epidural steroid injections (ESIs) may be recommended for persistent back or neck pain. The pain is usually associated with narrowing of the spinal column structures that allows nerves to pass through. When the nerve is compressed or irritated, an inflammatory response occurs. This produces a sharp, shooting pain that may travel down an arm or leg on the affected side. ESIs are used to treat disc herniations, bone spurs, misalignment of vertebra, and bulging disc.
An ESI procedure involves injecting an anesthetic and corticosteroid onto the affected nerves. The procedure is done using fluoroscopy, which involves correct placement of the needle. According to clinical studies, ESIs are 70-90% effective, and the pain relief can last for several months.
Occipital Nerve Block
When whiplash, concussion, chronic migraines, or cervical disc herniation causes pain in the back portion of the head, an occipital nerve block may be used. This involves instillation of an anesthetic to the nerves. The block works by decreasing the amplification of sensory and pain in the trigemonal nucleus. The procedure involves injections of anesthetics and steroids near the occipital nerves.
In recent clinical research trials, the occipital nerve block was found to be 75-80% effective. In addition, results lasted up to 4 months for some patients. If the block works, the pain management professional may choose to administer another series of injections in 2-3 months.
For nerve-related pain, an effective interventional procedure is radiofrequency ablation. With this pain management procedure, the doctor uses thermal electromagnetic energy to reduce pain. The nerve endings that transmit pain signals are targeted, and they are warmed and ablated. As a result of this procedure, the patient’s overall pain levels greatly decrease. While nerve roots grow back eventually, this procedure has a long-term pain relief success rate.
Research shows that 45% of persistent back pain is related to the spinal facet joints. These tiny joints are found along the posterior region of the spinal column, and they house nerves that deliver pain signals to the brain. When the nerves are inflamed or compressed, the pain can be persistent and severe. In a recent clinical trial, radiofrequency ablation had an 85% success rate. In addition, 78% of patients reported being pain-free at the six-month follow-up visit. For those evaluated after one year, 60% said they pain was limited and considered the procedure to be a success.
Pain and Spine Clinics is a top Phoenix pain management clinic. Dr. Ramin Abbasian is a Double Board Certified pain doctor who provides comprehensive treatment options for auto accident victims. The center accepts personal injury liens and works with attorneys frequently. Call us today!