Every year, more than one million Americans visit the emergency room as a result of a personal injury. When left untreated, a personal injury can take weeks or even months to heal, keeping you from work and other activities you love.
At Su Spine & Sports, pain management expert Dr. Peter Su, M.D., works with patients to treat the uncomfortable side-effects of personal injuries. To schedule your appointment, call the office or book online today.
WHAT IS PERSONAL INJURY?
The term personal injury refers to any harm that affects your physical health, mental health, or emotions. Common causes of personal injury include:
- Automobile accidents
- Slip and fall injuries
- Work-related accidents
- Medical malpractice
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A PERSONAL INJURY?
The symptoms of a personal injury vary from person to person and depend on the underlying cause. Most personal injuries affect the musculoskeletal system, including the joints, spine, muscles, and limbs.
Personal injuries express themselves in different ways. Some of their most common byproducts include back pain, neck pain, joint pain, or chronic pain. A decrease in mobility and flexibility are also possible. Occasionally, people experience emotional and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I EXPERIENCE A PERSONAL INJURY?
If you’re the victim of a personal injury while driving, working, or running errands, you must act quickly and take your injury seriously.
Make an appointment with Su Spine & Sports. You should take this step even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms. Many ailments caused by personal injuries, including whiplash and concussions, don’t always present signs right away. In some cases, they take days or even weeks to manifest.
It’s also important you gather any necessary information or paperwork. If you’re involved in a car accident, share insurance info and call the police. If you suffer a work-related injury, alert your employer and file a claim with OSHA or the other required entities.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR A PERSONAL INJURY?
Treating a personal injury depends on the location, severity, and impact on your quality of life. However, if possible, Dr. Su recommends conservative treatments like rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol) and physical therapy.
If your injury persists or doesn’t respond to these treatments, you might benefit from one of the many treatments provided by Su Spine & Sports including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, spinal cord stimulator therapy, and many others.
Don’t wait to seek treatment for your personal injury. Explore your options at Su Spine & Sports by calling the office or booking online today.