Accident injuries are among the most common sources of both acute and chronic pain. Finding relief is important, and it’s available through the care of Rizwan Khan, MD, of Bluegrass Bone & Joint, LLC, in Louisville, Kentucky. If you or a loved one is involved in an accident with injuries, call the office today to set up a visit. Online booking is also available, and is fast and easy.
Accidents often occur when you least expect them, and they can change the course of your normal daily routines.
Auto accidents are a leading cause of injury in the United States. Even a seemingly minor accident can still cause whiplash, joint damage, or other potentially painful conditions.
Workplace accidents are also common. Anyone can get hurt on the job, but some occupations are inherently more dangerous than others, including construction, transportation, and manufacturing jobs.
Sports injuries are another common type of accident. Some of these injuries resolve after a few days of self-care, but others develop into lingering pain and limited function.
Many accidents can be avoided by taking the proper preventive measures. In some cases, however, no degree of preparation can prevent an accident or lessen the severity of injuries.
If you’re involved in a serious accident, your first priority should be to secure your immediate safety. In the case of a car accident, this might mean moving your vehicle out of a busy roadway or walking away from an immobilized vehicle.
If you’re an athlete injured during practice or competition, be sure to let others know that you’re injured. Sit down and complete a quick assessment to determine if you’re bleeding or have broken any bones.
Loss of consciousness is a serious medical matter and should prompt a call for emergency attention.
When an accident occurs, your body often responds by flooding your system with stress hormones. This can make it difficult for you to feel pain and can mask the severity of certain injuries.
In the hours after an accident, be sure to take time to assess your condition and look for signs of joint pain, abnormal sensations, or other symptoms.
Accident injuries should be treated right away if they’re severe. If your injuries aren’t life-threatening and the pain level is manageable, a few days of self-care might be sufficient.
If your pain worsens or doesn’t improve within a couple of days, or if your mobility is limited due to pain, schedule a visit at Bluegrass Bone & Joint for a diagnostic exam.
Left untreated, many conditions can worsen, requiring more in-depth treatment than they might have needed in the early stages. Chronic pain can develop weeks or even months after a serious accident.
It’s important to listen to the messages your body sends. Make time to see a pain management specialist once it becomes clear that the matter isn’t clearing up on its own.
If you’d like more information about your pain management options after an accident, call Bluegrass Bone & Joint today or use online booking.