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Auto Accidents Specialist

Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute

Board Certified Pain Management Physicians & Stem Cell Specialists located in Plainsboro Township, NJ & Freehold, NJ

Being caught up in a collision on or off the road can have a long-term impact on your health. If you have injuries or chronic pain after an auto accident, double board-certified pain management specialist Ronak D. Patel, MD, of Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute, can help. The practice, with locations in Plainsboro Township and Manalapan, New Jersey, provides a range of advanced therapies like spinal cord stimulation and radiofrequency ablation to treat injuries from auto accidents. The team welcomes residents of Plainsboro, Manalapan, Hamilton, and other local communities. Call to schedule an in-office or telehealth consultation or book online today.

Auto Accidents Q&A

What kinds of injuries can auto accidents cause?

Some of the types of injuries typical of auto accidents include:

  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Headaches
  • Lower back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Sciatica (lumbar radiculopathy)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (wrist pain)
  • Tendon and ligament damage
  • Herniated discs
  • Crush injuries
  • Neuropathy (nerve pain)

One of the most common injuries typical of auto accidents is whiplash.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury affecting your neck that occurs when your head moves forcefully and rapidly back-and-forth, rather like a whip cracking.

Whiplash is most likely to occur during rear-end auto accidents, although you can also get whiplash from other traumas like sports accidents and physical abuse. It typically causes:

  • Pain and stiffness in your neck
  • Headaches developing from the base of your skull
  • Reduced range of motion in your neck
  • Neck pain that worsens when you move
  • Discomfort in your shoulders, arms, or upper back
  • Tingling or numbness in your arms
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

Due to the adrenaline running through your system after an auto accident, you might well be unaware that you have an injury or how badly you're hurt. Very often, you don't realize there's a problem until several hours later, or even a few days.

In most cases, symptoms of whiplash appear within 24 hours of your auto accident. Without the right treatment, whiplash can become a cause of chronic pain.

How are auto accident injuries treated?

Before treating auto accident injuries, your provider at Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute carries out a thorough physical examination. 

They might also need to see results of diagnostic imaging tests like X-rays, a CT scan, or MRI to help define the cause of your pain and the extent of any tissue damage.

Every patient receives a treatment plan that is personalized to their exact needs. The type of treatments you might need for your auto accident injuries could include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Viscosupplementation
  • Cortisone injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Trigger point injections
  • Botox® injections for headaches
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Medical marijuana
  • Vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty
  • Spinal cord stimulation

The specialist rehabilitation offered at Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute helps you achieve optimal recovery from your auto accident injuries. Call today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.