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Auto Injury

Car Accident Related Injuries

Even "fender-benders" can cause hidden injuries that can develop into pain, headaches, and arthritis. Even worse, most people who have been involved in an auto accident may not even know that they've been hurt. Most doctors give pain killers to hide these injuries. The chiropractic approach to these types of injuries is to use specific chiropractic adjustments to help return spinal function. After a thorough case history and examination, the doctor will recommend any necessary care to help restore proper motion and position of spinal bones. If caught early enough, inflammation can be reduced and scar tissue can often be minimized.

The following is lists of ailments can be caused by an auto injury:

  • Whiplash
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Shoulder and Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • Numbness
  • Dizziness & Vertigo
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Pain in Legs or Arms
  • Car Seatbelt Injury

It is imperative that after the injury that you seek medical attention by a qualified practitioner that can properly diagnosis your injuries. Physical Examination, Orthopedic Examination, X-Ray and MRI's are often required. These tests help specifically pinpoint your problem and help dictate the treatment that your require for your full recovery.

Any whiplash injury that goes untreated, regardless of the severity, will cause future health problems, premature degeneration and can lead to a chronic condition. In general, you have 90 days to seek active treatment before irreversible damage can occur. Full recovery from a Whiplash injury can take 3-12 months depending on the severity of your injury. The sooner you begin treatment, the better your chances for a full recovery. Otherwise, if left untreated, there is greater than a 50% chance that you will have a Chronic Condition that will give you problems for the rest of your life and possibly untreatable or require future surgery.

Common Questions and Answers:

If you have been in an auto accident recently, there are some important decisions you have to make, and if I were you, I'd make these decisions very carefully.

  • Q: Should I See An Attorney Before I See My Chiropractor?
    A: It is important to get checked out by the doctor first. That way the findings from your exam will allow you the information you need in order to decide if an attorney is necessary. If necessary, we can refer you to a reputable and qualified attorney.
  • Q: What If My Car Sustained Only Minor Damage?
    A: Documented studies done by Charles Carroll, M.D., Paul McAtee, M.D. and Lee Riley, M.D. revealed that: "The amount of damage to the automobile bears little relation to the force applied to the cervical spine (neck) of the occupants." In other words, the damage to the passengers is not necessarily directly related to the damage to the vehicle.
  • Q: If I Need Treatment For This Injury, Do I Have To Pay For It Myself?
    A: No, only in very rare circumstances does the patient pay for his care as he goes. Our office provides care "on credit" when patients are represented by an attorney. Some car insurance policies have what is called "Med Pay." This means that medical bills will be paid at 100% up to a certain limit. My office can assist you in obtaining this information. Using your medical coverage should not raise your premiums.
  • Q: The Insurance Company Has Been Calling Me And Wants To Settle,What Should I Do?
    A: Do not sign or settle until you have had us evaluate your injury for you. If you settle before your injury is fully resolved, you will be completely on your own and will have to pay out of pocket for your care.
  • Q: I've Been To The Hospital And My Medical Doctor, Do I Really Need to See a Chiropractor?
    A: You need a doctor who focuses in the treatment and diagnosis of auto accident injuries. Usually hospitals will check vital signs, make sure there are no life-threatening conditions and release the patient with pain relief medication. They normally do not treat the underlying improper musculoskeletal biomechanics that can and often do lead to future pain. If you are still having problems, you should get a second opinion.

    If your M.D. has given you pills, you must understand that pills do not correct structural or soft tissue damage. There are special therapies designed for that, and we offer these modalities at our office.
  • Q: Does Your Care Hurt?
    A: Absolutely not. The care is very gentle and quite soothing. Most patients can hardly wait to get their care.
  • Q: Is The Care Safe?
    A: Yes, extremely. Particularly when compared to the side effects from medication. I urge you to go to the patient testimonial tab to get a feel for what you can expect.

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