Some auto accidents are so severe and scary that you don’t really have a choice regarding medication attention—you may need help just getting out of your vehicle. But other auto accidents aren’t as bad. You might have a few bumps and bruises, but overall, you don’t feel like you’ve had any injuries bad enough for medical attention, so you wave off the emergency services or decide not to go to your doctor. Unfortunately, this can be a major mistake. There are several reasons why it’s important to seek medical assistance after any auto accident.
You May Be Hurt More Seriously than You Realize
Whiplash and other injuries can take hours, if not days, to cause you pain. When you’re in shock from a car crash and your adrenaline is going, your body dulls the pain. Later, though, you may realize just how badly you were injured. If you don’t seek medical attention right after the accident, it may be difficult to conclusively show that the crash is the cause of your injuries. This is especially true if you wait several days.
The earlier you’re examined, the better, because it may be possible to deal with your injuries while they are still mild. If you go days or even weeks before you see a doctor, you may have caused additional damage to your body, making what was a fairly minor injury much worse.
The Medical Report Helps Your Court Case
If you’re suing for personal injury from an auto accident, having a medical report from that same day can greatly help. It shows that you recognized your injuries were severe and that you sought medical assistance right away. This medical report can also backup any injuries or pain that develop later. If you don’t have a medical report, the defendant in the case may be able to show that your injuries weren’t connected to the accident.
Help Is Available—Make Use of It
If emergency services were called to the scene, there’s no reason not to let them at least give you a quick check-over to make sure you’re not injured worse than you thought. They’re already there, so let them do their job. Even if you don’t go to the ER, it also doesn’t hurt to make an appointment with your doctor after the accident. It’s always a good idea to be cautious after an accident. Even a minor fender bender can result in serious whiplash. Contact Maximum Orthopedics after any car accident to ensure you truly aren’t hurt too badly.
Posted on: Mar 26 2019
If you’ve been injured on the job, but your injury doesn’t seem major, you may wonder if it’s worth going through the work to file a worker’s compensation claim. You may get treatment and not even need to take time off work. However, there’s always the case that you’ve injured yourself worse than what you realize. If you have been injured, but it doesn’t seem too severe, there are still some steps you need to take to determine if you need to file for worker’s comp.
Will You Be Off Work at All?
If you do need to take some time off work, it’s likely that you do need to file a worker’s comp claim. If you’ll only be off for the afternoon or for a day or two, your injury will likely be ruled too minor. However, if you are off work for more than that, you may want to consider worker’s comp, especially if it will take more than a week for you to recover.
How Extensive Are Your Injuries?
If you can take care of your injury with a standard first-aid kit, it’s not enough to file a worker’s comp case. Small cuts, scrapes, and bruises are considered too minor. Anything that requires an ambulance or a visit to the emergency room, however, is likely going to be severe enough to qualify for worker’s comp.
Do You Have Recurring Injuries or Pain?
If you have one headache due to being exposed to something at work, it’s likely not something worker’s comp will cover. However, if you’re in a work environment where you are constantly exposed to something that gives you headaches, it can be considered a hazard and is most likely covered by worker’s comp. So even if your injury doesn’t seem severe, if it’s recurring, you may still have a case. Issues that get worse over time can also qualify for worker’s comp. For example, your carpal tunnel syndrome may continue to get worse over time until it needs treatment.
Seek an Expert’s Opinion
While your thoughts on your injury are important, you’re most likely not a trained medical expert. What seems fine to you may actually be a sign of severe damage or injury. That’s why it’s important to visit Maximum Orthopedics when you’ve been injured at work. We will evaluate your injuries and help you determine if you should file a worker’s comp claim.
Posted on: Mar 1 2019
No one wants to deal with pain, especially not long-term chronic pain. But sometimes it may seem like the options—drugs or surgery—simply aren’t any better. Who wants to take medications for the rest of their life, especially if those medications have horrible side effects? Surgery can also be risky. Fortunately, there are some pain management techniques that do not require either.
Physical therapy can help you stretch and relax your muscles, reducing pain and giving you greater mobility. Physical therapy is generally directed by a professional, at least at first, so that you what exercises to do and how often to do them. This is necessary because if you don’t perform the exercises just right, you may hurt yourself further. Some physical therapy may require weights or other additional equipment or may be done in the water.
Massaging injured muscles can also help relieve the pain and improve your range of motion. There are various types of massage that can help with different pain. Deep tissue massage may be needed for severe pain, while more gentle options may help others. According to studies, massage can actually help decrease your pain for months.
Alternating Hot and Cold Treatment
Another type of treatment you may make use of is to alternate hot and cold options. This involved using a heating pad to help with inflammation and then an ice pack to reduce swelling. Sometimes you alternate heat and cold, while other times, one or the other may be more beneficial. It all depends on the type of pain you’re dealing with.
Another option is to try acupuncture. This traditional Chinese treatment can actually be very helpful when dealing with chronic pain. While the idea of having small needles stuck in your body may sound like it would cause more pain than it would cure, acupuncture is surprisingly effective.
A Combination of Treatments
Often, what really works for a patient is a combination of different treatments. Physical therapy when combined with cold treatment, for example, may be the key to managing your pain. For others, it may be massage and hot treatment. It often depends on your specific type of pain, where that pain is located, and its underlying cause.
Need help managing pain without surgery or medication? Contact Maximum Orthopedics today.
Posted on: Feb 26 2019
There are a number of different types of orthopedic surgeries you can have. Many of these procedures are actually very common and often have few side effects. If you’re scheduled for an orthopedic procedure, it may help calm you to know if you’re undergoing one of the most common types of orthopedic surgeries. Here are some of these surgeries.
Many people undergo knee replacement surgery, a type of joint replacement. These surgeries are very common and include knee and hip replacement. Once complete, you will need to see your doctor regularly for several months just to make certain that the implant is successful and that there are no issues with it. In most cases, patients regain a great amount of mobility that they had lost and are able to return to living a pain-free life.
If your joint replacement does have complications, your orthopedic surgeon may need to do a revision joint procedure. This means that they remove the defective implant and put in a new one. If you have an older implant, you may also need a revision joint procedure at some point.
A debridement is a type of orthopedic surgery that involves removing dead tissue. Sometimes, this much be done before the body can start to heal correctly. This process simply removes the dead tissue. In some cases, some bone also must be removed.
When your body is in need of more stability or if you have damage done to your spine or to specific bones, a fusion may be necessary. The surgeon will fuse together the vertebrae in your spine or a bone graft to the fractured bones in order to help them heal and make them stronger. This isn’t always necessary with back or bone injuries, but it is often done to provide more stability and improve healing times.
Soft Tissue Procedures
If you have torn tendons or ligaments, your orthopedic surgeon may need to do surgery to repair them. This common surgery is often necessary before you can start healing.
Another very common orthopedic surgery is done on those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. This surgery helps release the pressure and return a full range of motion to the wrists and hands.
There are a number of other orthopedic surgeries that are very common. If you’re in need of one of these procedures, the experts at Maximum Orthopedics are here to help. Contact us today for more information.
Posted on: Feb 1 2019
If you’re dealing with any sort of pain, you may decide to
try to manage it yourself. You may not want to deal with doctors, or you may
believe you’ll have to pay a lot of money for surgery or some other expensive
treatment. Fortunately, pain management
can be quite affordable. There are also a number of reasons why managing your
pain on your own isn’t a great idea. Here are a few of these reasons.
It’s Not Effective
While you understand where your pain is and how severe it
is, you may not understand how to best treat it. Experts in pain management
have spent years studying the body and how to relief pain. They keep up with
the current research and techniques, too. They will know which treatments will
work the best for your type of pain, while you may simply be taking some
over-the-counter medications and hoping for the best.
There could also be something much more effective out there
that you don’t know about. The method you’re using to manage your pain may only
make it a little more tolerable. There could be a technique available that
would make your pain vanish or greatly reduce it.
You Could Make Your Pain Worse
Because you may not fully understand how the body works,
it’s possible that what you’re doing could actually make your pain worse. Yes,
you may have found an exercise, stretch, or other activity that seems to lessen
the pain temporarily, but long-term, you could be making the injury worse or
hurting another part of the body.
There Could be a Minor Procedure that Will Help
While you should always be hesitant to undergo surgery and
make sure you understand all of the outcomes of any procedure, sometimes it
truly does help. There could be a minor orthopedic surgery option that could
completely remove your pain or improve your range of motion. Without talking to
an orthopedic surgeon, you might never learn about such an option.
That’s why it’s a good idea to schedule a consultation with
the doctors at Maximum Orthopedics.
They will discuss your particular pain needs and help you find the best
solution. It could be what you’re already doing, but there’s also a very good
chance that there’s a better option for you.
Posted on: Jan 30 2019
Dealing with arthritis pain may seem like an uphill battle.
Many of the standard pain management
techniques often don’t help that much with arthritis because it’s a
different type of pain. It’s recurring, and it’s not caused by an injury you
can treat with surgery or that you will recover from. Instead, you have to work
with experts in orthopedics in order to learn how to avoid arthritis flare-ups
and manage the pain as best as possible.
Don’t Rely on Medication
Many people will say that they manage their arthritis pain
simply by taking an over-the-counter medication that is labeled as specially
formulated for arthritis. These medications can certainly help, but taking them
every day is not the best idea. Many do have side effects that occur if you
take them too often. Some can cause liver damage, while others may affect your
stomach. Even those that don’t have major side effects will become less
effective over time. Instead of relying on medication, look at other options.
Look at What Orthopedics Offers
Orthopedic pain management is specifically designed to
decrease pain in the musculoskeletal system. This includes pain in the muscles
and joints. Arthritis pain is caused by inflammation and swelling in the
joints, making it difficult and painful to bend and move. By using orthopedic
pain management, you can avoid taking medications.
Your orthopedic course of treatment needs to be customized
for your needs. For example, if you have horrible arthritis pain in your knees,
part of your treatment may include working to lose some weight. This will help
relieve the amount of stress your knee joints are under. You may also work on
specific exercises that help improve your joint function and tone your muscles
to help provide more support for your body.
Another type of orthopedic solution that can help with the
pain from arthritis and can increase mobility involves using heat. Heat can
help relax the body, making it easier for joints to move. Electrical
stimulation has also been shown to be effective in treating arthritis.
If you suffer from arthritis and want to explore alternative options to
taking medication every day, contact Maximum Orthopedics
to discuss your pain and talk about how you can manage it more effectively.
Posted on: Jan 15 2019
If you’ve been injured on the job, you may find yourself unable to work. In some cases, this may be a temporary issue. In other cases, however, you may find yourself permanently disabled. Physical therapy and surgery may be able to help you overcome temporary health issues, but if you’re unable to return to your job, you’re going to need some sort of income. That’s where disability payments come in. It’s important you understand the differences between temporary and permanent disability and when each comes into play.
Temporary disability provides you with income if you’re injured and unable to work for a short amount of time (often a year or less). New York is one of only five states that offers temporary disability insurance through employers. This insurance pays out some or all of your salary if you’re injured – the actual amount often depends on your policy. It’s important to note that Social Security doesn’t offer any sort of temporary disability.
In addition to temporary disability offered via your employer in New York, you can often purchase disability policies through a number of private insurance companies. These policies may only provide payments for a shorter period of time, and they may not pay out nearly as much.
Becoming permanently disabled allows you to receive payments from Social Security. However, it takes more work and more time to be declared permanently disabled. You will need a doctor or other medical professionals to testify that you are no longer capable of doing the work you once did. You will also need to show that you cannot simply learn a new skill and get a job in another field. This process is often frustrating, but it’s also often necessary for those who are simply unable to work again in any field.
This is a very basic outline of temporary and permanent disability. There are many other factors that can play a part in disability, including worker’s compensation benefits if you were injured while at work. Determining how to approach your disability claim can be very confusing. That’s where Maximum Orthopedics can help. Contact them today to discuss your situation.
Posted on: Dec 31 2018
Dealing with workers’ comp can seem like a stressful and scary ordeal. While it’s not always the easiest process, workers’ comp shouldn’t be horrible, either. One of the biggest reasons the process often seems long and difficult is because most people haven’t gone through a workers’ comp claim before. By understanding the basics of the system, you’ll be better prepared to deal with workers’ comp if it comes up.
Your Employer Has Workers’ Comp Insurance
New York requires any business that has at least one employee to carry workers’ comp insurance. There are a few exemptions, including religious orders and those who do casual work, but almost all companies do have workers’ comp, and you can take advantage of it. If you do work for a company that is exempt and has chosen not to offer workers’ comp insurance, you can purchase it through the New York Insurance Department or look into purchase insurance yourself.
What Does Workers’ Comp Offer?
If you have been injured on the job, workers’ comp is designed to provide you and your family with income during the period you’re unable to work. This may only be a week or two in some cases, but it other cases, you may be permanently disabled and unable to work ever again. Workers’ comp will provide income for both of these extremes and more.
If you have been injured on the job in New York, workers’ comp offers temporary and permanent total disability as well as permanent partial disability. In most cases, you’ll receive two-thirds of your average weekly salary if you are disabled. In some cases, these payments will run out at a certain point, while in other cases, you may receive funds for the rest of your life.
You Must Act Quickly
In New York, the law states that you must inform your employer in writing that you have been injured while on the job within 30 days. You also have to submit a claim form to the State Workers’ Compensation Board within two years and see a doctor within two days.
There are many different regulations regarding workers’ comp in New York, which is why you need to seek the advice of an expert as soon as you’ve been injured. The professionals at Maximum Orthopedics have years of experience with these cases and can assist you in making a claim.
Posted on: Dec 15 2018
Being in a car crash often results in more than just damage to your vehicle, it results in damage to you. Car crashes are responsible for a wide variety of injuries, some of which you may not immediately notice. Chiropractors, doctors, and other medical experts often see car crash victims for common injuries from their accident. If you’ve been injured in a car crash, here are three of the most common types of injuries you may suffer from.
You can suffer orthopedic injuries from any type of car accident. Many people associate these injuries with broken bones, but orthopedics also covers sprains, strains, and torn tendons and ligaments. While minor crashes often only result in sprains or strains, that’s not always the case. It all depends on how fast the vehicles were going, where the other car hit, and if you were wearing a seatbelt or not.
A very common type of orthopedic injury, whiplash deserves its own category because it’s very, very common. Whiplash happens when your head is quickly jerked backwards or forwards. The vertebrae in the neck are often pushed out of place, leaving you with pain and a loss of range of motion.
Whiplash is one of those injuries that you may not notice right away. Some people don’t feel symptoms of whiplash for weeks. Others don’t recognize the symptoms. Pain in the jaw and ringing in the ears, for example, can be caused by whiplash. This is why it’s important that you are examined by a medical professional after your car accident.
It’s easy to notice cuts and scrapes on your head since you bleed from these wounds, but it’s not always easy to tell if you have a closed head injury. These injuries affect the brain, but there’s often little or no sign that you’ve been hurt. Often, you don’t see symptoms from these injuries right away, either, and many are misdiagnosed because of that. Unfortunately, these types of injuries can have severe results that last for years.
Do you need assistance with the pain caused from a car accident? Do you need an exam for an auto accident claim? The experts at Maximum Orthopedics are here to assist you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Posted on: Nov 28 2018
Neck pain can be one of the worst types of pain, especially if you have to work or run errands instead of lying your head down and resting your neck. There are a number of different injuries that can lead to pain in your neck, shoulders, and upper back. Some of these issues can be treated with chiropractic care or physical therapy. Here are some common types of neck injuries and what causes them.
A Crick in Your Neck
One very common issue is a crick in the neck. This isn’t a medical term, and the actual cause can be anything from arthritis to a muscle spasm. Cricks are often caused by sleeping with your neck at an odd angle or holding your head in a certain position for too long. Looking down at your phone or using your computer for long hours without taking a break or stretching can cause this painful issue.
In most cases, a crick in the neck is nothing serious. It will usually work its way out on its own, and you can take some over-the-counter medication for the pain. However, if your crick lasts for over a week or is extremely painful, you need to seek medical attention.
When you’ve strained one of the different muscles in the neck, you may experience pain, spasms, and reduced movement for a short period of time. Strains are rated from one through four. A Grade I strain is minor and treated like a crick. Grade II strains are often also nothing to worry about.
Grade III and Grade IV strains, on the other hand, are much more serious. Grade III strains often include nerve damage, while Grade IV strains include fractures or dislocated vertebrae.
If you’ve sprained your neck, you’ve injured the ligaments that hold your bones together. A neck sprain might be caused by twisting your neck too quickly or by falling. Like strains, neck sprains range from mild to severe. Mild sprains may simply need a rest, while more severe issues require medical attention.
If you’re dealing with pain in your neck, a chiropractor may be able to help relieve the pain and solve the underlying condition. Contact Maximum Orthopedics today to book an appointment with our chiropractic experts.
Posted on: Nov 15 2018