After you’ve been injured by the negligence of another, you will likely need to see a doctor. The type of doctor you see is dependent upon what injuries you sustained and how far along you are in your medical treatment. Depending on the type of injury and its severity, you may need to see a variety of doctors. If you are pursuing a personal injury case, it’s essential to understand the different types of doctors who may be involved in your case.
Medical Doctors are trained to provide primary care and treat a wide range of injuries. They will typically perform an evaluation, review scans of your body, prescribe pain medication, and refer you to a Chiropractor or Physical Therapist. If you have suffered a personal injury, you may initially see a Medical Doctor for evaluation and treatment.
Chiropractors are medical professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, particularly those affecting the spine. They use a variety of non-invasive techniques, including manual adjustments, to alleviate pain and improve mobility. Chiropractic care can be particularly effective in treating whiplash injuries, which are common in car accidents. Chiropractors can also work with you to develop an exercise and stretching program to help you regain strength and mobility.
Physical Therapists are trained to help patients recover from injuries that affect their ability to move and function. They will perform a variety of tests to evaluate the nature and extent of your injury, including physical exams, range of motion tests, and strength tests. Once the nature and extent of your injury is determined, a Physical Therapist will provide a range of treatment options to help you recover from your injury, including exercises, manual therapy, and education on proper body mechanics.
Pain Management Doctor
Pain Management Doctors can perform a variety of tests to evaluate the nature and extent of your pain, including imaging tests and nerve conduction studies. They can also provide a range of treatment options to help manage your pain, including prescribing stronger pain medications and performing injections. These injections are typically Trigger Point Injections, Facet Joint Injections, Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections, Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections, or Medial Branch Blocks.
Orthopedic Surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. They perform a variety of tests and may order imaging to evaluate the extent of your injury. To alleviate your pain, they can perform surgery if conservative measures such as chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, or pain management hasn’t worked.
Neurologists are medical professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. If you have suffered a personal injury that has resulted in a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury, you may need to see a Neurologist.
Radiologists specialize in the use of medical imaging techniques, such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs, to diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses. If you have suffered a personal injury, your doctor may order one or more imaging tests to help diagnose the extent and severity of your injury. Radiologists can interpret the results of these tests and provide valuable information about the location and nature of your injury.
When making a personal injury claim, it can feel overwhelming to decided which doctor to go to and when. Having an experienced personal injury attorney can not only help oversee your medical treatment, but they can also help you find doctors in your area so that making it to appointments is convenient. If you’ve been injured as a result of the wrongdoing of another, please contact Roebuck Law Firm today to get help with your legal claim and medical treatment. Initial consultations are always free.