When some people suffer physical injuries, they would rather receive prompt, quick treatments and move on with their lives, as long as they are not in pain. However, in many cases, there may be benefits to seeking ongoing medical treatment for injuries, even though the frequency of the treatment sessions decreases over time. For example, back pain, which is said to affect about 80 percent of Americans and to be a leading cause of disability, can be reduced with the use of treatment such as chiropractic, muscle therapy, psychiatry, and physical therapy. With all these treatments, a patient may benefit more from long term treatment rather than one or two sessions.
Repeated visits to a chiropractor for muscle manipulation or muscle therapy can over time realign a patient’s spine and help his or her overall health and not simply treat one symptom of chronic pain. If a patient has suffered injuries related to a car accident, visiting a chiropractor soon after the accident may help with the diagnosis of hidden muscle conditions that initially only present as soft tissue pain. Repeated regular visits to the chiropractor can help an accident patient deal with both the immediate pain of their injuries and the long term effects of the car accident on their musculoskeletal system.
Patients whose mobility is decreased as a result of injury can also benefit from a long term physical therapy treatment plan. Physical therapists focus on developing a treatment plan that promotes a patient’s mobility and reduces pain and chances of disability. A typical treatment plan may include joint manipulation combined with other changes such as a healthier diet plan and fitness regimen. These changes require time to be effective, and therefore ongoing treatment may be more beneficial than a few visits.
Sometimes, a patient may seek psychiatric help to deal with injuries sustained in an accident, and the effect a major injury may have on their ability to enjoy life as they did before the accident. People who are involved in a serious car accident are more likely to develop psychological problems like Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Psychological problems can sometimes manifest in physical pain. The kind of treatment that is required to deal with a mental condition, such as depression or anxiety, that develops as a result of a sudden injury can rarely be treated in one or two sessions, and almost always requires ongoing treatment and in some cases medication. A patient who rushes through this kind of treatment may set back his or her recovery, and end up in a worse position.
If you have been injured by someone else’s negligence or reckless conduct you should contact the Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at the Ladah Law Firm, PLLC, at any time for a free consultation by calling 702.252.0055.