If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you were most likely transported by an ambulance and paramedics to a hospital emergency room. The emergency room physicians quickly diagnosed your injury and gave treatment as medically necessary and required. Afterwards, the doctors determined whether you are facing a life threatening condition and may admit you to the hospital, "ER" or "ICU" for emergency medical care. If you do not have life threatening injuries, the emergency physician may discharge you with an appropriate referral for follow up care with your primary care physician, physical therapy or, in most circumstances, prescribe a conservative course of treatment including pain medication and follow up care, only if there are continuing symptoms.
After a motorcycle accident, you will be released from the hospital with a diagnosis of your injuries. You will be given pain medication, anti-inflammatory and perhaps a prosthetic device such as a soft cervical collar, leg splint or arm splint to help alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by your motorcycle injuries. The emergency physician may also provide a referral to a medical specialist for follow up care. We have learned over the years that emergency room medical physicians will often refer individuals to colleagues in their same medical network.
If you have a primary care physician, you may be recommended to return to your primary care physician "PCP." It is important that you follow up with your primary care physician, referred doctor or healthcare professional for prescribed and recommended medical examinations and follow up care.
Many times, after being released from the hospital our motorcycle clients have continuing pain, bruising, swelling, instability in their joints, inability to move, headaches, nausea or other symptoms as a result of the injuries that were not originally diagnosed in their initial visit to the emergency room. If you have any continuing or new symptoms, it is not improper or unreasonable to return back to the emergency room immediately for follow-up care. While emergency rooms are primarily equipped to handle life-threatening emergencies, you should not hesitate to return to the emergency room if you have unmanageable pain, discomfort, difficulty in transferring which is a medical term for walking, getting out of your vehicle or moving with daily life activities. You can also get immediate help from other sources including after hours medical clinics or urgent care locations.
Naturally, your own pain threshold will dictate when and if you go to the emergency room and you are not required or expected to endure unreasonable or unremitting pain while you are awaiting a scheduled appointment with your primary care physician or waiting for a weekday to see a healthcare professional. If you have new symptoms or intolerable pain ... go to the emergency room now.
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