Auto Injury

headlamp-2940_640Results of evaluations of police reported collisions determined that a person in a car crash will sustain on average 2.5 injuries, with some having up to 5/6 injuries result.

As the majority of these are deemed minor, many injured parties are never directed to seek treatment and continue to suffer what can debilitating chronic neck pain, back pain, arm numbness, lower back pain and sciatica.

During even a low speed whiplash injury, where the delicate neck and spine muscle/joint complex is taken quickly backwards and forwards immediate injury occurs to the normal movement of the neck and spine resulting in common symptoms including headaches, upper back pain, hand/arm numbness and lower back pain. Rib pain and chest pain can result if the front of the chest contacts a part of the car or steering wheel due to the force of impact.

Even if you were evaluated by a Medical Doctor who determined that you didn’t fracture or dislocate a joint as a result of your injury, if you are still experiencing pain in either the neck, back, extremities or lower back since the impact, you have sustained definitive injury and require treatment. We take a thorough approach in examining the patient’s overall neurologic/orthopedic condition as well as appropriate functional tests and mechanical disorder as a result of the injury.

We are fortunate to have X-Ray facilities and digital scanning available on the premises. In addition to this, we are a fully functioning wellness center and combine the healing therapies of chiropractic care, acupuncture, exercise/fitness training, massage therapy and reflexology to return the injured party to normal tone and function as quickly as possible.

Whiplash is a generalized term for the symptoms typically seen after a traumatic injury to the neck. Whiplash is most commonly seen after car accidents, however, any abrupt jerking motion of the head backwards or forwards can cause whiplash. No whiplash patient is ever the same, whiplash can vary from can damage vertebral nerve, intervertebral joints, cervical discs, ligaments, and cervical muscles. Many people who suffer from a neck injury do not initially seek treatment as symptoms can be delayed up to a few days after the initial accident.

WHIPLASH SYMPTOMS:

  • Headache
  • Neck pain
  • Neck Stiffness
  • Shoulder pain 
  • Peripheral Nephropathy
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Difficulty Remembering

WHIPLASH TREATMENT:

MRI imaging and CT scans can help identify specific tissue damage which can assist in creating a more specific plan of treatment. The current recommendation is to avoid restricting the neck in a cervical collar, as was one the standard. Now doctors recommend keeping the injury on ice for at least a day after the accident, and then incorporating gentle neck exercises to help stabilize the area. For the best results continuous treatment with a Physical Therapist or Chiropractor is highly suggested. Chiropractors can increase mobility and circulation to the injured area to help increase circulation and reduce inflammation around the injured area. Chiropractic adjustments can further facilitate healing by realigning vertebrae that may have been impacted after trauma. 

Other treatment options:

  • Heat
  • Ultrasound Therapy
  • Ice
  • Massage
  • Cortisone injections
  • Pain medication