Have you experienced a whiplash? Most motor vehicle accidents (MVA) in Scottsdale are rear end collisions, each of which vary in severity. Many of our patients that are involved in rear-end collisions don’t even realize they have sustained injuries until weeks or months post-impact. However, if you have sustained injuries as a result of a car accident, prompt access to rehabilitative care may be essential for full recovery.
Chiropractic Care for Auto Accident Injury Treats Whiplash Pain
According to the Insurance Research Council, nearly 1/3 of all claimants injured in MVA’s seek treatment from doctors of chiropractic. This is an impressive number given that the National Safety Council (NSC) has determined there to be more than 12 million MVA’s annually involving more than 20 million vehicles.
The reason individuals like yourself choose chiropractic care for treatment of injuries sustained in MVA’s is simple – chiropractic care is exceptional in the treatment of soft tissue injuries, especially of the spine. Since the most common injuries associated with MVA’s are sprains and strains of the spinal muscles and ligaments, it’s only natural that chiropractic be the treatment of choice.
Many studies have also found individuals injured in MVA’s prefer chiropractic care for the treatment of their injuries. One such study evaluated 190 whiplash injury victims and found those who received chiropractic care reported treatment satisfaction of 100%.
Neck pain and back pain occurs when the force of an auto accident knocks or whips the musculoskeletal system out of proper alignment. For example, a whiplash injury may occur when the force of a rear-impact accident abruptly “whips” the cervical spine backwards and forwards. Not only does this abrupt movement knock the spine out of alignment, but it also strains the neck muscles, causing further stiffness, soreness and pain. Traditional medical care after an auto accident injury relies on medication to “cover up” a patient’s pain symptoms. While prescription painkillers are effective for providing immediate pain relief, they are not a long-term pain management solution. Additionally, medication alone cannot help patients regain mobility in their bodies after a spine injury. Chiropractic care for auto accident injuries can help.
Without proper care, whiplash injuries can have a serious impact on your health, leading to months or even years of chronic pain.
To have success with a whiplash injury it’s important to work with a provider that understands the problem. Our team has experience with these types of injuries, so if you have recently been injured it’s important to get your spine checked as soon as possible. The sooner that you start care the less chance you have of developing long term problems.
When Should Care Start for a Whiplash Injury?
Whiplash injuries are a serious matter. The results can be devastating if an injury of this caliber is left untreated. What’s unfortunate, is that most people don’t even realize they are injured until long after the accident. By the time many people realize they are in need of help, their problems have escalated into a much greater condition.
What To Do After An Accident
Schedule An Appointment
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident you will need to make an appointment for a brief, but thorough, examination. Often, individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents experience minimal or no symptoms for the first few weeks and even months. It’s important to not only receive immediate and appropriate treatment for any injuries sustained, but also to document the extent of the injuries, if present.
Failure to obtain a timely evaluation or appropriate treatment for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident may negate your ability to receive monetary compensation for any future medical bills resulting from the accident, negate your ability to receive pain and suffering settlements, and negate compensation for work loss.
We Will Determine…
When you come in, we will determine:
- the extent of the injury or injuries
- the number of estimated treatments required to treat your injuries
- if referral to another medical specialist is required
- if special tests are required (i.e. MRI, CT Scan, etc.)
- if you need to take “injury time off” from work (and provide you with a note to present to your employer)
Don’t Delay, Call Today!
If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident, call (or have them call) our office immediately. The quicker you receive the care you need, the quicker your injuries will heal and the faster you can get on with your life. Don’t delay, call today!