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Whiplash & Auto Accidents
|Don't be misled by the minimal damage to your car. People react much differently than glass, plastic and metal!|
It's Just a Little Fender Bender
It started with a routine trip to the store.
Suddenly you hear a screeching of tires and the harsh sound of metal hitting metal. In the split second before you can brace yourself, you feel your car moving from some unseen force!
It's tempting to minimize your own injuries because your car has sustained little or no damage. Research shows that occupants can be injured considerably more than what you'd expect from a dented fender or a broken taillight. The most renowned study on low impact low speed collisions shows that participants were injured at speeds of less than 10mph with no vehicle damage.
If you have been involved in a car accident, whiplash injuries need to be taken very seriously. Because symptoms of a whiplash injury can take weeks or months to manifest, it is easy to be fooled into thinking that you are not as injured as you really are.
Unfortunately, by the time more serious complications develop, some of the damage from the injury may have become permanent. Numerous studies have shown that years after whiplash victims settle their insurance claims; roughly half of them state that they still suffer with symptoms from their injuries.
If you have been in a motor vehicle or any other kind of accident, don't assume that you escaped injury if you are not currently in pain. Contact us today!
The Medical Solution
If you visit the emergency room, you may be given a clean bill of health because you don't have any broken bones. You might get a prescription to reduce the muscle spasms caused by structural changes in your neck or lower back.
After what you've been through, you'll need a health professional that truly understands soft tissue injuries, spinal biomechanics and rehabilitation strategies. Call our practice.
We Can Help
Whether it was a little incident in the parking lot, or two cars attempting to occupy the same space in an intersection, you need people who know how to work with lawyers and insurance companies.
If you've been in a car accident, give us a call. We've been through this many times. Not only can we usually offer drug-free care, we can help put this behind you once and for all.
Q: Why do I have pain in my arms and hands?
A: Because the nerves to the arms and hands exit the spine through the injured area of the neck, numbness and tingling are common. Even lower back pain can result directly from the trauma, or as a reaction to the loss of proper spinal curves.
Q: Why did my headaches start more than a week after my accident?
A: Whether you've been in an accident, stressed at work, or over-exerted yourself in the garden, your body is constantly adapting to the environment. When your capacity to adapt is exhausted, symptoms can appear. This can take days, weeks, months or years to occur. Symptoms of a whiplash injury can take weeks or months to manifest, it is easy to be fooled into thinking that you are not as injured as you really are.
Q: Will I ever be normal again?
A: Many chiropractic practice members report improved spinal function and a reduction of their symptoms. Those who delay seeking appropriate care often discover that scar tissue and long-standing spinal instability increases the recovery period.
1. Machine vs Man ( c ) 2000 Arthur C. Croft, D.C., M.S., M.P.H. Spine Research Institute of San Diego.