Personal Injury Treatment in Grayson
At Optimum Health Rehab, we work to help patients with a variety of injuries, including car accidents, slip and fall situations, sports injuries, and more. We know how hard it is to suddenly be in pain or have difficulty moving, and how much you want to feel like your usual self again. Many patients find that traditional treatments like pain medication or surgery are ineffective or too risky.
That’s where we come in. Our pain and injury specialists will employ a full suite of diagnostic tests to learn the root cause or causes of your pain, then we’ll design a treatment plan to help you recover. Our holistic methods include chiropractic adjustment, massage therapy, regenerative medicine, physical therapy, and neurology services. Many patients benefit from having multiple treatments.
Why You Should Seek Care for Your Injuries Right Away
Sometimes patients tell us that they’ve been in pain since an injury a few weeks or months ago. We inquire if they went to a doctor or had any prior medical care, and they say no. When we ask why, the reason is usually that they didn’t notice the injury until a few hours or days later, or they thought their injury was very minor and would go away on its own.
These situations are very common and can create several challenges for the patient. First, the sooner we’re able to treat an injury, the better. If you recently went through a car crash or other accident and are just now connecting it with your sore neck or back, we recommend seeing a chiropractor right away. In most cases, relieving pain and treating your injury is a faster process when the injury has just happened. Later, there may be more inflammation and scar tissue, or the vertebrae could have moved further out of alignment with the activities of daily living.
Another problem with waiting for care is that it may be more difficult to seek compensation from the at-fault party or their insurance carrier. We see this frequently with car accident cases. The patient may not have noticed their injuries right after the crash, due to the adrenaline rush of a scary experience like a car wreck. They didn’t think they were injured, so they didn’t go to the doctor or emergency room. The next morning, they woke up with a stiff neck, or they developed a backache a few days later. These problems seemed minor, so they took some over-the-counter pain relievers. But after a few weeks, when the pain didn’t resolve on its own, the patient realized they needed care.
The difficulty for patients in this situation is that the insurance company may fight their claim by saying that their pain is unrelated to the accident. Often the insurance company’s attorney will argue that if the injuries were connected to the accident, the patient would have seen a doctor sooner! This isn’t true, but it can be difficult to prove, and it often holds up the patient’s claim against the insurance company.
What if some time has already elapsed since your accident, and you are still in pain? Call us right away and schedule an appointment. It’s still important for you to get care as soon as you can. We also recommend speaking with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. They may be able to fight the insurance company and get you the coverage you need for your medical bills. At Optimum Health Rehab, we always document patients’ injuries thoroughly, so your attorney will have the medical records they need to successfully negotiate with an insurance company on your behalf. If you need assistance finding a good personal injury law firm, our staff will be happy to put you in touch with one.
Types of Personal Injury Treatment
Every patient is unique, and so are their injuries. When we first see you, we’ll gather a detailed medical history, asking questions about your accident, your pain and other symptoms, and how long you’ve been in pain. Based on your answers, we’ll run tests as needed. These may include X-rays, an MRI, a CT scan, or nerve conduction studies. Next, we’ll conduct a physical exam to look for signs of inflammation or misaligned vertebrae. After thoroughly investigating and diagnosing your pain, we’ll build a plan to address the root cause or causes. Most likely, we will consider one or more of the following common treatments for personal injuries:
If you haven’t been to a chiropractor before, you might not know what to expect. A chiropractor uses a sudden, direct force to correct misalignment of the spine or other bones with the goal of reducing the patient’s pain and helping them regain any lost function. This process is not painful and usually doesn’t take more than a few minutes. The number of sessions you need depends on your injuries – some people will feel better after only a few sessions, while others will need treatment for several months before they are able to return to their usual activities.
About 22 million people see a chiropractor each year, and a little more than a third of them seek relief from back pain. This is probably what chiropractors are best known for, but it’s not the only kind of injury we can treat. Chiropractic care has also been shown to be helpful for neck pain, shoulder pain, and other bone and joint problems. If you’ve experienced any of these after a car accident or other personal injury, please contact us for an evaluation.
You may be familiar with the relaxing effects of a massage, but massage therapy can be an effective treatment for pain and muscle injuries. One study of patients with chronic low back pain found that those who received an hour of massage therapy a week in addition to standard physical therapy and medication showed better results than those who only had the standard physical therapy and medication. A different study found that massage and exercise were more effective at relieving neck pain than combined therapy and advice in short-term and mid-term situations.
There are several different types of massage therapy we may use depending on your injuries:
- Deep tissue massage. This technique is useful for healing muscle injuries, especially after a car accident, and can help relieve pain and stiffness. A massage therapist applies sustained pressure with the goal of reaching deep muscle tissue.
- Myofascial release or trigger point therapy. Sometimes an injury may lead to a knot or stiff area in the myofascial tissue, which supports muscles, bones, and organs. This knot can constrict movement and cause referred pain in different areas of the body. When a massage therapist performs a myofascial release session, they will carefully feel for these knots, then massage the knots until the tension is released.
Sometimes patients have persistent muscle, ligament, or joint injuries following an accident. If other treatments have not provided enough relief, we may consider regenerative medicine, a discipline in which we work with the patient to help the body heal itself.
One very effective type of regenerative medicine is platelet-rich plasma injections, also known as PRP. This is a simple procedure in which we use your own plasma, one of the components of blood, to treat your injuries.
First, we draw your blood. Then, while you wait, we use a centrifuge to separate out the various components. Plasma is a liquid that contains platelets, protein, and growth hormones in varying concentrations, and what we’re looking for is called platelet-rich plasma. The centrifuge isolates this platelet-rich plasma from platelet-poor plasma, and we’re ready to begin your treatment. Using ultrasound for guidance, we locate the injured area, usually a muscle or joint, and inject the platelet-rich plasma. The concentrated mixture of proteins and growth hormones works to speed up the healing process, while the platelets reduce inflammation.
We recommend taking it easy for a few days after a PRP injection, but most patients have no side effects and return to their typical activities with little downtime.
Will Your Grayson Personal Injury Treatment Be Covered by Insurance?
Many of our personal injury treatments are covered by standard health insurance, usually with a copay that depends on your policy. Some treatments, like PRP injections and massage therapy, are often excluded from health insurance policies despite being effective treatment options. But there may be other ways to get your treatment covered.
It is often helpful to consult a personal injury lawyer if you’ve been injured in a car accident or in any other situation where another party may be at fault. It’s surprisingly difficult to determine who could have been at fault in many accidents, so we recommend you don’t make any assumptions. If you’re having concerns about paying for your treatment, the best thing you can do is call a personal injury lawyer who offers free consultations. They can advise you on any possible sources of funding for your treatment, such as car insurance or business liability insurance, and in some cases, even your own car or homeowner’s insurance policy.