Why You Shouldn’t Wait to See a Doctor After a Car Accident

After a car accident, it’s crucial to visit a medical professional for an evaluation. This is true even if you don’t yet feel any symptoms of an injury, given that your body’s fight-or-flight response and adrenaline in a crash can shield you from feeling pain in the hours, and even days after a crash. Two of the key reasons why you shouldn’t wait to see a doctor after a car accident include:

Worsening Injuries

If left untreated, many common car accident injuries will worsen over time. Whiplash, for example, may not be immediately apparent after a car accident, but can gradually become more severe when it’s left untreated. Neck pain, neck stiffness, dizziness, ringing in the ear, numbness in the arm or hand, blurred vision, fatigue, insomnia, and focus or memory problems can all result from whiplash.  (more…)

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Top Summer Health Risks

Summer is the time to enjoy the great outdoors, socialize with your loved ones, and take a well-deserved vacation from the daily grind. While you’re enjoying the summer season, however, it’s important to be aware of the health risks associated with summer activities. These include:

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Sports Injuries

During the summer, many outdoor sports are in season. Plus, with vacation time from school and work, many people have the time to enjoy the summer sports that they love. While outdoor sports are a great way to exercise, they also pose the risk of injury. 

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When To See Your Doctor After a Work Injury

In many professions, there’s a risk of injury. But after sustaining a work injury, many are unsure of when to see a doctor, keeping in mind that workers’ compensation laws are in place. 

By understanding the proper steps to take after getting injured at work, you can receive the proper care while adhering to workers’ comp regulations. Read on to learn more. 

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How to Work with Your Physical Therapist for Success

Physical therapy isn’t like most other medical treatments. The effort toward your recovery does not rest with the physical therapist alone. You have to work with your therapist, at the rehabilitation center and at home, if you want the treatment to be effective. 

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Be outspoken about pain and comfort.

If your physical therapist asks you to move a certain way and it is painful or uncomfortable, you can’t be shy about letting them know. Physical therapy will push your pain and range of motion thresholds to improve the strength and condition of the limb or joint, but it shouldn’t cause significant amounts of pain. Pain with certain positions or movements could indicate previously undetected injuries. 

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Why You Should Always Be Seen by a Doctor After a Car Accident

Have you recently been in a car accident? If the accident was minor and you didn’t feel any pain on the scene, you probably didn’t see a doctor. This can be a big mistake for several reasons, both legal and medical. Here’s why you need to make an appointment with us for evaluation after your car accident.

Whiplash is very common.

Whiplash is what happens when your head snaps forward and back with speed and/or force. Your seat belt holds the core of your body in place, but it does nothing to support your head and neck. Without that support, a rear end or head on collision could cause your neck to snap back and forth with impact. Air bags are meant to minimize this effect, but they don’t always deploy. 

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When to See Your Doctor for Severe Sunburn

When you go to the beach or pool, the first thing you do when you arrive is apply sunscreen so that you don’t deal with a sunburn when you go home at the end of the day. But what about when you’re just out and about, shopping, or getting some exercise? 

Most people don’t think about sunscreen during normal activities, especially on cloudy days, but the truth is that you can get a sunburn at any time that you spend a decent amount of time outdoors. Most sunburns can be treated at home, but some severe burns should be addressed by a doctor. 

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Key Factors to Physical Therapy Success

Physical therapy can be very beneficial. Often physical therapy can help you avoid surgery or other more invasive treatments, especially for injuries or joint pain. However, physical therapy will only help you if you follow some basic guidelines for success.

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Show Up to Every Appointment

Your physical therapy may be scheduled once a week, twice a week, or even once a month as you improve. These appointments are set this way so that your physical therapy can progress at a therapeutic rate. If you skip an appointment, it could throw off your therapy schedule, and you will need to be in the program longer.

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Three Reasons to Get Treatment Immediately After Car Accidents

In addition to being potentially dangerous, a car accident can be a huge hassle. If the accident happens while you are trying to get somewhere by a specific time, such as for an important meeting, it might be tempting to just move on with your day and worry about the effects of the wreck later. However, there are many good reasons to get treatment right away. Here are just three.

Injuries Can Be Invisible

You may think you just got banged up a bit and have a few bruises or scrapes, but there could be injuries that can’t be seen by the naked eye. Whiplash, neck and back injuries, sternum injuries from seat belt impact, concussions from air bag impact, and internal injuries often show no signs immediately following an accident. If you wait to get evaluated and treated, these potentially serious injuries could become more difficult to treat.

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Why You Should Get a Second Opinion for Work Injuries

As you may have noticed, we offer services to those who have been injured on the job. While we do work with some companies to provide this service to their employees, we will also help diagnose and treat people with work injuries whose companies are not partnered with us.

When you are hurt on the job, your company will send you to a clinic or doctor that they have partnered with for handling workers’ compensation claims. However, there are many good reasons to get a second opinion from an independent doctor for work injuries.

When you are hurt on the job, a workers’ compensation insurance company and their partnered clinic will handle your workers’ compensation claim and your diagnosis and treatment. These professionals are working on the side of the employer, not the employee. For this reason, some less ethical doctors may not give a full examination for an accurate diagnosis. They may also downplay the severity of your injury and refuse to allow for reasonable limitations.

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How to Get the Most Out of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can help you recover from illness or injury much faster than if you leave your body to heal on its own. Physical therapy in our office is designed to treat the whole body rather than just the area affected by the illness or injury. Yet in order to get the most out of physical therapy, you have to make a commitment to yourself.

Cooperating with Therapists

It is important that you cooperate with physical therapists as they are working with you in our office. You will need to make sure that you are doing the exercises as described and asking questions if there is something that you don’t understand. Physical therapy is often somewhat painful as you push your body to new boundaries since your injury or illness, yet it is important that you push past the pain and do the exercises as recommended by your therapist.

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