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Auto Injuries

Whether it’s minor back and neck aches or lingering pain, auto accidents can result in a number of injuries with a wide range of symptoms. If you’ve suffered an injury as a result of an auto accident, efforts to successfully manage your pain frequently include a combination of treatments, which can be adjusted or modified as you make progress during your recovery, tailored to your symptoms.


hand xrayBack and neck pain is often a result of an auto injury, usually caused by some type of sudden force. Affecting the neck and shoulders, whiplash is an example of a common auto-related injury resulting from a sudden forward or backward motion or a hard twist to either side. Neck pain can also stem from cervical radiculopathy or a disc injury. Lower back pain or mid-back pain from an auto injury is typically caused by some type of strain, fracture, or disc injury. Psychological issues related to an auto injury can cause emotional stress that may result in increased muscle tension. Inflammation from a direct impact to bones or joints can also be a cause of pain from an auto injury, although this type of pain is usually temporary unless there is another contributing factor.


Symptoms related to an auto injury can appear over time rather than immediately after the trauma. Immediate symptoms may include sharp, intense pain in the affected area, difficulty walking or maintaining balance, or discomfort starting as a dull ache that becomes progressively worse over time. Back and neck pain from an auto injury may be affected by movement, with discomfort varying. Leg and hip pain tends to be pressure-related, with symptoms present when you sit or stand in certain positions. Pain associated with an auto injury can include one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Neck or shoulder pain and stiffness
  • Abdominal pain, redness, or swelling
  • Changes in physical function
  • Pain that gets worse while sleeping
  • Radiating numbness or tingling


car accidentTreatment for auto injuries depends on the extent of damage to muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments and the underlying source of the pain. If your musculoskeletal system is affected in some way by your injury, which is often the case, chiropractic treatments may be recommended. Such treatments will include an effort to pinpoint the source of your pain, which may not be in the location where you’re experiencing discomfort. Physiotherapy, a hands-on approach to relieving muscle tension designed to promote mobility and increase functioning, may be a recommended treatment if you’re dealing with persistent muscle aches and difficulty with movements. Treatment may also include:

  • Physical or massage therapy
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS)

Even seemingly minor auto injuries shouldn’t be ignored. If you experience pain a few days, or even weeks, afterwards, contact Allied Pain & Spine Institute today to seek treatment to determine if there’s an issue requiring attention. A personalized approach to therapy that includes identifying the source of your pain, medication management, and nutrition and wellness education is often beneficial.

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Michelle T.

I fly in to see Dr. Petros from Southern California.  I wouldn't do so if he wasn't the best there is.  He is compassionate and has always treated me kindly. I can tell he is sincere in the way he talks to me and is diligently looking for solutions that work best with me and my chronic pain needs.  Very out of the box approach, which I appreciate these days!  I would truly recommend Dr. Petros to anyone looking for a Dr. that not only cares about you as a patient but has the confidence and skill set to get results! His office staff is friendly and caring too.  Allied Pain and Spine Institute is the Gold Standard in pain care in my humble opinion!! When I find a doctor that understands the issue and always goes above and beyond to help me, I do what I can to continue seeing them. I am so glad I found this office!!

Louise W.

Dr Petros is amazing!  When he uses a needle his aim is "right on".  He is also very personable, an altogether great guy.  I always find my visits to him to be very informative. I have had both sides of my degenerated back injected (epidural shots) with complete success.  He allows me to have no sedative, which is cool because his jokes and stories in the operating room are really good.  He greatly enjoys his work, and enjoys the difficult challenges of getting a needle into the right place in my back.  My arthritic knee is perhaps more straight-forward, but other doctors have failed to give me pain relief.  Dr Petros studies the structure with ultrasound before injecting it.  The result - instant relief! On my recent visit for a broken back (ski accident) the doctor and staff were very accommodating to help me make a dinner engagement shortly after my appointment.  This is definitely a five-star operation!

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Wow, wonderful doctor!!! I avoid all the doctors like the plague...seriously it makes my blood pressure go up when I have to go but I chose Dr. Vaidya. My friend referred him to me, he's simply the best... TOP NOTCH!!! He turned out to be a breath of fresh air. Dr. Vaidya really stands out head and shoulders above everyone else. I usually don't write reviews but he's so outstanding that I really wanted to do it for him. He's the most honest and caring doctor I have met.  He listens and gives you full attention and committed to find the best individual solution for you. He always goes out of his way to get you the most appropriate treatment and he will make it happen. He's very knowledgeable in his field. He's very professional, friendly, personable and definitely easy to talk to. His integrity is very valuable. He's one of the sharpest and most driven individuals you will ever meet.

Keith M.

Simply the best doctors and staff in the area. I've fought back and neck pain for over 30 years, and Dr. Petros and his team have kept me from the operating table and able to enjoy my life. I've had injections, acupuncture, as well as back braces. He listens to my concerns, cares very deeply for my pain and discomfort, and has successfully treated everything from stenosis, pinched nerves, herniated disks, and even helped me with the symptoms from shingles and lung disease. I couldn't be happier with the care he has given me over the years.

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Dr. Vaidya has changed my life. I am in my late 20s with chronic pain and nothing had worked until I came here. All services here are wonderful and the staff is absolutely amazing. I can't recommend enough!!

Tracy B.

I have been a patient of Dr. Vaidya for a few years after not getting what I needed from other spine and pain doctors. I was looking for a doctor who would think outside the box and come up with some other ways to treat my growing amount of pain. Between Dr. Petros and Dr. Vaidya, they have brought me to a place where my pain is better managed. And let's just talk about bedside manners! I have never met doctors in the past 23 years of this back journey of mine that has as amazing bedside manners as these guys. I have cried and laughed with the team at Allied Spine. The way that I am always greeted and promptly cared for is bar none! The front office staff, and especially Nas, has been a God sent. I would never go anywhere else.

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I am a new patient of DR Petros and my experience was great for my first two visits so far. He really takes time to listen to your issues and provides thorough answers and treatment options. The front desk staff are all very nice and respond in a timely manner to requests. Highly recommended all around!

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I have seen Dr. Vaidya for about 2 years. He is an amazing doctor.the attention and care you receive is well over 5 stars. He knows who I am by my face, he knows my health history with out looking in my chart, he remembers conversations we have had at previous appointments. He truly cares for his patients. I will be moving our of state, and will travel back here each month to see doctor Vaidya. I lost my insurance over a year ago and pay out of pocket to see the doctor, it is worth every penny to be treated with respect, as a person and with care. I love all the staff and feel like I am visiting family when I come in for my appointments.

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