There are many instances of varied and serious complications arising from motor vehicle accidents. In addition to neck or back pain, a variety of complications can occur including traumatic brain injuries, balance problems due to inner ear damage, traumatic headache, shoulder injuries, knee injuries, TMJ injuries, certain types of bone fractures easily undetected in the emergency room, traumatic stress disorder, etc. These complications can only be diagnosed by a medical doctor (M.D.) with specialized knowledge. Only early diagnosis and proper treatment can minimize the aftereffects which can continue for several years.
There are motor vehicle accident cases where a doctor must go to court to testify as to a patient’s condition. The court usually gives much more weight to the expert witness testimony of a medical doctor (M.D.) than that of a chiropractor (D.C.). A chiropractor cannot give testimony with regards to his or her opinion on an MRI or neurological examination. Physical therapist seldom being called to be an expert witness. The opinion of the treating physician is extremely important in litigation.
Neck or back pain is often caused by herniated intervertebral disks, spinal stenosis, facet joint arthritis, etc. A spinal disk or stenosis can cause sciatic neuralgia, tingling, numbness, and weakness in the arms or legs. However, this kind of paresthesia can be a sign of stroke, or in rare cases, a symptom of cancer. Furthermore, there are various other causes of tingling and numbness in the arms or legs, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tarsal tunnel syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, hypothyroidism, etc. In these cases, just treating the back of the neck will be completely ineffective. These various symptoms of severe diseases can be diagnosed and treated by a medical doctor (M.D.) with specialized medical knowledge, who has graduated from medical school and undergone a residency program.
Osteoarthritis is a disease which occurs with aging when the cartilage protecting the joints fails to regenerate smoothly. There is no way to reverse osteoarthritis, however, with the appropriate exercise therapy, medicinal therapy, steroid injections, viscous supplement injections, etc., we can delay the progression of the disease as much as possible and help you live your everyday life pain-free.
The most common shoulder pain occurs when the tendons called the ‘rotator cuff’ is torn. It occurs due to the aging process or trauma such as a motor vehicle accident. In addition, pain can also come from arthritis of the shoulder and subdeltoid bursitis, etc. If shoulder pain is neglected the shoulder becomes stiff and can be troublesome for several years. Treatment at an early stage and exercise therapy are important.
There are a variety of causes pain occurs: arthritis, car accidents, sports injuries, etc., making walking difficult. Knee muscles became weaker rapidly. Early diagnosis and treatment are important. Pain can be alleviated with exercise therapy, medicinal therapy, joint injections, cartilage supplement injections, etc. Dr. Kim and physical therapists will help you you live your life without pain.