Damage to your vehicle does not reflect the degree of damage to the passengers.
The amount of damage to the automobile bears little relation to the force applied to the cervical spine (neck) of the occupants.
After an injury from an automobile accident, if you have been to the hospital and/or been seen by a medical doctor you still need to see a doctor who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of auto accident injuries.
Hospital emergency rooms focus on your vital signs, making sure you have no life-threatening conditions and may send you home with pain medication. You still need treatment for your injury. There may be resulting improper mechanics that lead to pain. In addition, some auto accident injuries, though they may be perceived as mild, become chronic and may continue to elicit pain for months or even more to come.
When injuries are not detected and taken care of properly, and in a timely manner, the accident victim may settle their case with the insurance company without their due care and settlement.
Medical doctors often prescribe pain medication because they don’t understand how to correct structural soft tissue damage. Masking the pain with medication treat does not address the problem, and only masks the symptoms. There are specific therapies designed for addressing your injuries; which are part of your individualized treatment plan.
If you have been involved in an accident, and haven’t sought chiropractic treatment, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible to begin conservative rehabilitation through chiropractic adjustments and other effective therapies. While you are waiting for your initial appointment, try to apply ice for 20 minutes of every hour to the areas of pain, until you see the chiropractor.
Patients rarely pay for care out-of-pocket. If you have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage through your automobile insurance company, it will cover your treatment. If you are represented by an attorney, our offices will treat you “on credit” until your case is settled. We will help you figure out how the care will be paid for.
Chiropractic is safe, effective, and most patients look forward to their next treatment. It is recommended as a first line of treatment by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (HCPR), a federal government research organization. The HCPR group recommends that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first. It recommends spinal manipulation as a safe, effective, and drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low-back problems in adults.
Most motor vehicle accidents injuries take 12 to 16 weeks to progress through the healing process. Pain relief is the first step. Then structural damage caused by the accident is progressively corrected. Age, physical condition, poor health, and the length of time between the injury and the initiation of care, all affect the rate of healing.
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Low Speed Rear-end Collisions: Mechanism of Injury