Healing from injuries sustained in an auto accident can be daunting. My special rule about them is that the process will always take longer than you want it to. This requires patience, which may be in short supply due to the frustrations that certain limitations of injury may present. Your life may change drastically because of your injuries, or simply because you have to fit in a lot of appointments into an already busy schedule. Be assured that sticking to the doctor’s program is the best bet for not having long term consequences from these injuries. The inconvenience of several months of treatment far outweighs the problems that can come up years later from incomplete healing.

There may be quirkiness to the healing process.  A typical pattern may present with, within the first week or so, rapid decrease in frequency and/or intensity of pain in some or all areas.  You may think that you’re going to finished with treatment very soon.  In the coming weeks, though, we usually find that people’s rapid decrease becomes a much slower decrease, and often will plateau, such that there doesn’t appear to be any further improvement.  Often, multiple areas of pain will become a single area of pain that persists at, for example, 70% improvement and stays that way for weeks.  Often, a single area will have improved, then begin to hurt again.  This is the “bump in the road” to recovery that most often only lasts a very short time before improvement resumes.  The slowing of improvement is quite normal, with significant improvement continuing after the plateau phase has run its course. 100% improvement for many is attainable, and, of course, that is always the goal.  Yet for some that will not happen, and there will be a residue of discomfort, low key and maybe not always there, that will require continued treatment on a maintenance basis ongoingly.

This is the process of healing that has been observed by this office in 30 years of treating hundreds of patients who have been involved in auto accidents.  The patterns described above continue to show up over and over in patient’s of all types.  We find that a willingness to go through this process and involve oneself in treatment, following all of the doctor’s recommendations, and keeping all appointments, produces the best outcome.

Dr. Perlstein is always open to answering any questions that may arise for you.  If you are not yet a patient, you may wish to schedule a consultation to discuss your particular case.   We’re here to help you get back on your feet.