Pain doesn’t always show up right away after an injury.
Injury from a car crash, sports, work incident or mishap at home, can all result in different types of pain and symptoms. It is important to know that pain is not always instant after an injury—sometimes it can present itself up to 2 weeks after the trauma occurred. It is time to make an appointment if you notice any change in the way your body feels including:
- New pain
- Unusual headache
- Restricted movement
- Changes in bodily functions
We can help you recover, An examination will help determine a treatment strategy.
Determining the best course of treatment will follow a thorough examination based on the cause of the injury. Your issues and symptoms are unique to you. The scope of the evaluation can vary greatly and several approaches are taken to fully understand your pain. They may include:
- A detailed health history, with careful attention paid to the event that caused your injury in particular, is obtained. This will assist in determining the severity and circumstances of your injury.
- Vital signs are taken and a general examination is performed.
- Neurological exam of the reflexes, nerve sensation and muscle strength will be done to evaluate involvement of different body systems and rule out secondary causes.
- Orthopedic testing helps to pinpoint the origin of the pain and the extent of the injury.
- X-rays or MRI’s may be needed if you have a complex case.
Cold packs, chiropractic adjustment, and further treatments are available.
Following a diagnosis, the creation of a multi-faceted treatment protocol will be designed with your input. A combined effort of clinical treatments and “homework” could include:
- Chiropractic adjustment
- Muscle and soft tissue work
- Cold Packs
- Ultrasound therapy
- Hot packs
- Lifestyle changes
- Avoidance of “triggers”
Any or all methods can all be utilized in your recovery. A realistic conversation with you will always determine the plan moving forward. Also, as you begin to feel better, your treatment plan will be reevaluated and customized—this flexible approach is valued because it takes into account how your body is responding to the treatments.
Many factors play a role in a quick recovery, but your understanding of what changes can be made at home and/or work, will make an invaluable contribution to your continued, healthier self. Educating you, about how to better take care of yourself when you are away from the clinic, is an important difference in Dr. Christie’s approach. For injury treatment contact Dr. Christie here.
For acute injury ice the affected area. Icing will reduce inflammation and decrease pain. To correctly ice an area you need to achieve numbness. This means going through a series of sensations during icing: cold, burning, aching and numbness (CBAN). Typically this will take about 15 minutes.
Here to help in Lexington
Dr. Christie is your friendly, conveniently-located, neighborhood chiropractor. She would love to sit down with you for a free, no obligation consultation. Contact her here or call her now at (612) 384-1644.