Auto Accidents Specialist

Primary Care & Family Care in Scotch Plains, NJ

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Auto Accidents
If you’re involved in a car crash or work-related accident, visit the doctor immediately. Some injuries don’t present symptoms, so it’s essential to get checked out just in case. At Garden State Family Care, Pooja Mehta, MD, provides all-inclusive care for accidents and accident-related injuries. Using minimally invasive treatments, she can prevent complications and speed up your body’s healing process. To make an appointment in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, call the office or book online today.

Auto Accidents Q & A

What are accidents?

An accident is an event that occurs unexpectedly or unintentionally, resulting in an injury. At Garden State Family Care, Dr. Mehta focuses on two types of accidents:

Auto accidents

Auto accidents, or traffic collisions, occur when you crash your car into another vehicle, object, or debris. Common auto accident injuries include whiplash, concussions, lacerations, and fractures. Even minor accidents can result in injuries, so it’s essential to contact Dr. Mehta after a crash, even if you feel okay. 

Workplace accidents

Workplace accidents happen while you’re on the job. Anyone can experience a workplace injury, but they’re most common in physically demanding environments, like warehouses, construction sites, and factories. 

What activities increase my risk of accidents?

There are a variety of work and driving-related activities that may increase your risk of accidents, including:

  • Using a computer mouse
  • Typing
  • Grasping hand tools
  • Working on an assembly line
  • Failing to wear the proper safety equipment
  • Not wearing seatbelt
  • Not paying attention

You’re also more likely to experience an accident if you don’t drive defensively. When you’re behind the wheel, limit distractions, follow the speed limit, and keep a safe distance between yourself and other drivers.

How are accident-related injuries diagnosed?

Diagnosing accident-related injuries isn’t always easy. Certain conditions, like whiplash, can take hours or even days to present symptoms. Therefore, Dr. Mehta takes her time to ensure she understands your needs. 

First, she reviews your medical records and asks about the accident, including what occurred, if you’re experiencing any symptoms, and their severity.

Next, Dr. Mehta conducts a physical exam. During the physical, she tests your reflexes, muscle strength, and range of motion. Dr. Mehta also orders diagnostic imaging to rule out underlying issues.

How are accident-related injuries treated?

Treatment of accident-related injuries depends on several factors, including your age and the severity of your symptoms. Usually, Dr. Mehta recommends conservative treatments like:

  • Ice, rest, compression, and elevation
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Immobilization with a cast or a splint
  • Physical therapy
  • Neck brace
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • At-home stretches

If you experience an injury that requires surgery, Dr. Mehta can refer you to a specialist in the area. 

To learn more about Dr. Mehta’s approach to treating accidents, make an appointment at Garden State Family Care by calling the office or booking online today.

Garden State Family Care
✆ Phone (appointments): 908-503-2561
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 908-322-6611
Address: 1814 East 2nd Street, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076