The most common complaints from patients after car accidents is the pain. Acupuncture treatments are helpful and effective in reduction of pain. World Health Organization (WHO) stated that Acupuncture treatment is beneficial in reduction of pain especially in the neck and low back. Acupuncture treatment can also promote faster healing by increasing the blood flow and the ranges of motion while decreasing inflammation.
In Oriental medicine, the aftereffects of a pain accident are treated in the categories of “fall (落傷)”, “bruise (打撲)”, “blood stagnation (瘀血)”, and “phlegm (痰飮)”. The main purpose of treatment is to promote the Qi-blood circulation of the meridians while moving blood stagnation, to restore the balance of the damaged body, to eliminate pain and to minimize the disorder. The Blood clot (瘀血) is the blood that has lost normal physiology accumulate inside our body and remain unreleased. The symptoms are stinging pain and at night and have the characteristic of pain location being fixed.
If the pain is severe at the beginning of the accident, you should focus on reducing the pain and avoiding the usual exercise or excessive movement. It is recommended to start moving your body with light exercise after 3-4 weeks after the acute phase, except for patients with severe fractures or nerve damage. After four weeks or more, even if you have pain, you should start exercising to help recover the pain and quickly return to your daily life or work. However, not all patients heal within four weeks of the accident. One-third of patients develop symptoms with long-term symptoms of about 6 to 12 months, and the other 1/3 patients develop chronic pain that persists for more than a year. If there is severe pain in the early stages of an accident, there needs to be focus on reducing pain by avoiding the usual and excessive movements. Except for patients with severe fractures and nerve damage, it is recommended to start with light exercise after 3-4 weeks after the acute phase. After 4 weeks or more, it is necessary to start exercising even with the continuation of pain. Exercising will help to recover from the pain and allows you to return to your daily life and work immediately. However, not all patients recover within 4 weeks after the accident. One-third of patients have long-term symptoms in about 6 to 12 months, and the remaining one-third are patients with chronic pain who have symptoms for more than a year.