Motor Vehicle Accidents:
Whiplash is the common injury most victims suffer from after being involved in a car wreck. This injury occurs when a person in a car is hit from behind in a car accident. In this type of collision, the head of the accident victim often snaps forward and back again. The head weighs a considerable amount, and when it snaps backward, it exerts significant force on the neck. The resulting whiplash can lead to a range of serious conditions, including but not limited to chronic pain, joint dysfunction, and herniated discs of the spine (this occurs when the spinal disc is ruptured, causing a portion of the spinal disc to push outside its normal boundaries and become pinched). Symptoms of whiplash can include neck pain, stiffness, headache, and burning sensations. Shoulder, back pain, and dizziness may be present as well. Some sufferers also report memory loss, depression, fatigue, and nervousness.
Soft-tissue injuries are those involving the supporting, non-body parts of the body, including muscles, tendons, and ligaments. When injured, they are most recognized as tears, sprains, strains, and general soreness. Soft-tissue injuries are most common in motor vehicle accident patients, as the force of impact from auto collisions can cause these tissues to stretch considerably. As a result, victims can endure significant damage and can often experience pain, swelling, bleeding, and even loss of function. Left untreated, these soft-tissue injuries can worsen over time and result to chronic pain and suffering.
There are some symptoms that are present in nearly every single case of whiplash. The following is a list of the ten most-reported symptoms, with their estimated prevalence:
- Neck Pain (97%)
- Headache (97%)
- Shoulder Pain (65%)
- Anxiety (55%)
- Back Pain (42%)
- Depression (41%)
- Visual Symptoms (35%)
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (33%)
- Dizziness (23%)
Often times, victims may not experience these symptoms until some time has passed. Immediately following any type of motor vehicle accident, it’s vital to schedule an appointment with a soft-tissue injury doctor or specialist to detect and treat these symptoms. Injuries left undetected and untreated can cause serious long-term damage and result in chronic pain and suffering that may be irreversible.
It depends. First of all, there is no such thing as a typical whiplash injury. There are so many different variables involved in a collision that it’s not uncommon for two people to be in the same vehicle, yet suffer different degrees of injuries. Therefore, the healing time also varies greatly. Some people who have experienced a rear-end collision may suffer symptoms for just a few hours afterwards. Most people seem to recover in around six weeks. However, the medical literature and research consistently shows that a significant percentage of people — nearly one out of three victims — experience long-term injuries and symptoms after a motor vehicle collision.
Yes. Nearly all engineers refuse to conduct rear-end test collisions over 5 mph because of the possibility of injury to the test occupants. For many years in the scientific community, it was believed that injury was impossible in low speed collisions, since the typical motion of the head seen during a higher speed collision did not occur. However, in the last few years, a whole new body of literature has shown that the cervical spine may actually be more at risk from a low speed collision than a higher speed collision.
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism and on the premise that good health depends in part upon a normally-functioning nervous system. Chiropractic is a natural method of health care that focuses on treating the cause of physical problems, rather than just the symptoms. Chiropractic care maintains the integrity of the spine and nervous system to help prevent health problems. It’s often a successful and effective alternative to risky, invasive procedures (i.e. – surgery).
Yes. Aside from lowest per-visit charges in the health care field, total treatment costs were lower for chiropractic patients than for those receiving care from other types of practitioners, according to a University of Richmond study. Research has proven that chiropractic care helps avoid or reduce the incidence of other more expensive forms of treatment.
Maintaining your spine could be one of the most significant health investments you could make: eight out of ten people will, at one point in their lifetime, suffer from back pain or neck pain. Maintaining your spine will elongate your life and provide you with better functioning and minimal problems. Both your spine and your nervous system are two significant organs, which influence your overall health, which is why it’s important to maintain them both for proper daily functioning and health. Caring for and maintaining your spine is not only smart, but it’s also more cost-effective than correcting and reversing damage. If subluxations are not corrected, you will be merely managing a problem rather than maintaining the correction.
A subluxation, by definition, is a minor misalignment of the segment of the spine (vertebrae) causing irritation to a nerve with a loss of normal function. This can cause an interruption of communication from the brain to any cell, tissue or organ in the body, which is known as nerve interference. When a vertebrae (spinal bone) is misaligned it puts pressure on the nerves in that area, thereby cutting off communication from the brain to that area supplied by the nerve. The purpose of Chiropractic is to correct the subluxation and restore proper nerve flow.