If you are the kind of person that does not like the idea of being on medication to treat a back or neck injury that you sustained as a result of a car accident, there are alternative options to traditional medicine. Bucks County personal injury lawyer Michael L. Saile, Jr. suggests that holistic treatments might be for you. These alternative treatments are meant to keep your body natural and may be perfect for people who prefer to remain off of prescribed drugs/medications. And lucky for those people, there are plenty of options for holistic treatments. Here are a few:
- Acupuncture. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice and according to traditional Chinese medicine, pain is caused by energy that is being blocked along energy pathways of the body. This blocked energy is then unblocked when the acupuncture needles are placed along the invisible energy pathways. Acupuncture, according to scientific explanation, releases natural pain-relieving opioids and hormones. Several of the Pennsylvania car accident victims we represent have found success with this treatment for pain.
- Capsaicin Cream. You may be thinking to yourself that you have heard the word capsaicin before but you can’t remember where or what it means. Think of eating a hot pepper. What is making your mouth burn after eating the pepper is capsaicin, the active ingredient in hot peppers. Think of how your mouth feels after you eat it, sort of tingly and a little numb. Now imagine that in cream form being applied to an area on your back and neck that is a little sore. It will cause the same effect, tingly and a little numb, which should dull your pain. If you chose this as your method of treatment, make sure to wear gloves as to prevent any contact with your eyes.
- Vitamin D. A lack of vitamin D to the body can cause bone and muscle pain/weakness. If you are already suffering with a vitamin D deficiency (and don’t know it), car accident injuries could exacerbate this condition, causing you more muscle pain post-accident. Along with getting physical treatment for your accident injuries, you may also be advised by a doctor to take a vitamin D supplement to help reduce the pain you are experiencing. Or, you could also adjust your diet to include more fish (preferably fish with small bones), fortified milk, cereal, and exposure to sunlight, all good sources of vitamin D.
- Music Therapy. Music therapy may reduce the pain from your chronic injury, but it has statistically been found to reduce the disability, anxiety, and depression associated with a chronic injury, such as those injuries sustained in a PA or NJ car accident.
- Willow Bark. White willow tree bark has a similar pain-relieving property to aspirin. There is an ingredient in the bark called salicin which is converted in the body to salicylic acid, just like aspirin. This is the active compound that relieves pain and inflammation.
Other holistic treatment options include yoga, Bowen therapy, breathing techniques, massage therapy, chiropractic, and Alexander technique (practice to improve posture). Always consult with your treating physician before beginning a new or additional treatment regimen for your accident injuries.
Car accidents often cause us a lot of physical pain and can result in specific injuires which require pain management treatment. If you find yourself in chronic pain following a Bucks County auto accident and do not like to take pain medication, the above-listed solutions are alternative routes you may want to explore after discussion with your doctor. To learn more about how to obtain the right treatment for your accident injuries and how to pursue compensation for your injuries download a FREE copy of our Pennsylvania Car Accident Book, a comprehensive consumer guide written by a personal injury lawyer.