What type of doctor should you go to when your back is hurt in an auto accident?

Neck or back injuries can be a very common result of automobile accidents, due to the amount of traumatic force that is put onto the spine. In more serious accidents, paramedics will be on scene to check for signs of an immediate medical emergency and some patients will be taken to the emergency room for treatment.

Even in less serious accidents that you can walk away from, it is highly recommended to seek medical attention to diagnose the extent of your injuries and be proactive about treatment. If you are unsure of which type of doctor to see, the following guide can help you better understand the options available to you.

Specific types of back doctors for injury relief

If you have sustained a serious injury, carefully follow the instructions given to you by the physician at the emergency room or hospital. Patients seeking a back doctor on their own due to pain that has arisen after the accident have a wide range of options. Types of back doctors who may be consulted for neck or back pain related to an auto accident include:

  • General practitioners. A primary care doctor can perform a physical examination, take diagnostic imagery like an X-ray or CT scan and help you develop a treatment plan that includes options such as rest, physical therapy and medication.
  • Chiropractors. A licensed and reputable doctor of chiropractic care can diagnose and treat less serious tissue injuries around the neck or back with manual adjustment, decompression therapy and other methods.
  • Physiatrists. A physiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. These back doctors are very often consulted for injuries related to a car accident.
  • Spine surgeons. Except in the most serious cases, spine surgery is a treatment of last resort for injuries to the spine. Spine surgeons such as orthopedic surgeons or neurosurgeons will usually be consulted if nonsurgical treatments have been fully exhausted without providing relief and pain is having a serious disruptive effect on everyday activities.

Minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute

If you are dealing with a spine injury related to an auto accident and have attempted weeks or months of conservative treatment without finding relief, reach out to the caring and dedicated team at Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine procedures, offering our patients less risk of complication^ and an outpatient experience.

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