Auto Accident Care
Many car accidents or “whiplash” injuries are classified as “soft tissue” meaning that no bones are broken or internal injuries were sustained. Some patients go to the ER where x-rays are taken and they are told nothing is broken, given pain pills and muscle relaxers, and sent home to follow up with a primary care provider.
Whiplash: An injury to the cervical spine, or neck, occurs when the muscles and other soft tissues are hyper-extended and hyper-flexed.
Because the symptoms from a soft tissue injury may not show up until weeks after the accident, a thorough chiropractic examination is very important. These soft tissues may require conservative care to help the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and neural tissues to heal and repair more effectively and efficiently. People are realizing that pain killing drugs are not always the answer. They merely cover up the symptoms, deceiving the patient into thinking they are getting better. Then when the medication is done, they are hurting and have delayed important treatment that is designed to help them recover. Pain changes how a body moves, therefore after the initial pain improves, the body may adapt to moving differently. Unless normal motion is restored, body motion will be unbalanced. Left untreated, the body adapts to the unbalanced pattern of motion, creating a chronic problem. This does not mean you should not take medications for acute pain relief, but that is just part of the injury rehabilitation process. Our recommendation is to look at the healing process and co-manage the injuries with conservative treatment as well medication. Doctors of Chiropractic consider a person as an integrated being, giving special attention to the spine, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Chiropractic is a natural health care method that stresses the importance of keeping all the systems of the body functioning efficiently, not just covering up the pain.
Signs and Symptoms of Whiplash: People who experience whiplash may develop one or more of the following symptoms, usually within the first few days after the accident:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
- Jaw pain
- Pain or numbness in the arm and/or hand
- Ringing in the ears or blurred vision
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering
- Irritability, sleep disturbances, fatigue
If you have been in an auto accident and experience any of the above signs and/or symptoms please call our office immediately for an over-the-phone consultation.