Auto accidents have impacts on our life, whether it be large or small car accident. Many problems from car accidents do not present immediately after an accident, these can take weeks to months to show up with a significant amount of pain. If you have been in a car accident you need to be evaluated and probably treated right away for the most optimal outcome. Automobile accidents often cause neck and head injuries, which can have long-lasting complications if not identified and properly treated. The painful neck injury known as whiplash is a particularly common consequence of rear-end collisions. 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 to a much greater condition.

Injuries tend to be more significant when your headrest is positioned too low. In the instance where your headrest is positioned too low it can act as an acceleration point when you are hit from behind. A 5 mph impact can result in your head whipping back at a much higher rate of speed causing greater injury. Trauma sustained in an auto accident is similar to trauma sustained in a sporting environment. They both can involve high velocity and large amounts of force being imparted on a person leading to injury.  Utilizing current evidence for soft tissue and joint healing your injuries sustained in an auto accident can be treated and returned to a pre-injury state.

What are the symptoms of Whiplash?

Signs and symptoms of whiplash usually — but not always — develop within 24 hours of the injury and may include: Neck pain and stiffness,Worsening of pain with neck movement, Loss of range of motion in the neck, Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull, Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back or arms, Tingling or numbness in the arms, Fatigue, Dizziness, Blurred vision, Ringing in the ears (tinnitus), Sleep disturbances, Irritability, Difficulty concentrating, Memory problems, Depression, Painful chewing (TMJ).

How do I recover following and car accident?

Chiropractic treatments combined with Massage therapy and physical therapy exercises have been shown to significantly improve the outcomes after car accidents. Improvement was noted for 93% of the 28 patients studied in the Woodward study while under chiropractic care. In the research study chiropractic care consisted of spinal manipulation, PNF, and cryotherapy. Many of the patients were treated prior to the study with NSAIDS, soft colors, and physiotherapy. Using the best research available and guidelines we tailor your recovery to get you the best outcome possible following and auto-accident.

WHO will pay for the bill after a car accident?

The majority of auto patients that come into our office pay nothing out of pocket for treatment. Utah is considered a “no fault” state. That means that regardless of who is at fault, there are funds set aside for your treatment, at least $3,000.00. The patients that end up paying for treatment are those who have waited to start treatment. The best way to avoid this is to come in for an exam and start treatment as soon as possible after the accident. If there is a gap in time from the wreck and when you start treatment, the insurance company likely will deny responsibility and you will be left with covering your expenses.

 

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