What kind of treatment should I expect when I have been injured in a wreck?

QUESTION:

What kind of treatment should I expect when I have been injured in a wreck?

AND THE ANSWER IS:

The answer depends on what is recommended by your medical providers. Attorneys neither suggest nor dictate your medical treatment.  Some of the most common medical treatments and evaluation tools you might see are:

  • X-Rays, CT Scans, MRIs:  Used to evaluate fractures, closed head injuries, and ligament and tendon injuries.
  • Personal Physician: Also thought of as your family doctor, primary care physician, or the one who sees you for most of your medical needs.
  • Orthopedist: Sometimes referred to as a bone doctor.  These physicians diagnose and treat injuries to the spine and boney elements of the arms, legs, hips and shoulders.
  • Physical Therapists:  Medical personnel who on orders from a physician provide intense therapy to recondition the muscles and joints that assist in your physical recovery.
  • Chiropractors:  Healthcare providers who use various modalities to help diagnose and treat injuries to your spine.
  • Pain Management:  Physicians who treat patients with long-term pain issues through various trials of medications and injections in hope of alleviating or reducing one’s pain.
  • ESI:  Epidural steroid injections.  Administered by a trained physician, often times a pain-management doctor, to alleviate inflammation and pain in the spine.
  • Acupuncture:  An ancient, but potentially helpful treatment for pain that uses needles to identify and isolate for treating various nerve and tissue related pain receptors.
  • Rehabilitation facilities:  Long-term care facilities where a patient might be sent from post-accident surgery or hospitalization for rehabilitation with various therapies to help return the patient to partial if not full independent functioning.