A big mistake people make after a vehicle accident is in having what is called a delay in treatment. A delay in treatment is failing to see a physician as soon as possible.
YOU ARE PUTTING YOUR HEALTH AT RISK! If you have been in a vehicle accident you really need to be checked out by a physician. Our doctors are trained to take a history, examine you and treat you if necessary. You are far better off seeing our trained health care professionals then letting your injuries go untreated. You need treatment ASAP and that is what we can do for you. Due to a new insurance law in Colorado, we can start treating you right away and in almost all cases you will have no out of pocket expenses for your treatment.
Even if you do not have any health insurance, you can still come in for treatment. You are suffering from pain and the last thing you need to do is worry about how to get help. Leave the paperwork up to us. Do not wait for delays from insurance companies before you seek quality care. Don’t put your health at risk call for immediate appointment (720) 515-8002
The insurance company software programs recognize a chiropractor physician as a primary care physician so you should see us as soon as possible. Some people might be reluctant to see a chiropractor physician because they think the chiropractor must necessarily “crack their spine” or perform adjustments on their spine. In fact, our chiropractor physician will may not do an adjustments on our patient’s first visit. We will take history concerning your complaint, do a complete physical exam and possibly take X-Rays, which is critical for your care and the at fault’s auto insurance claim and for your insurance as well. Our chiropractor physicians are trained to perform the same physical examination as an M.D. and D.Os. Chiropractor physicians do not prescribe prescription medications. In any case, all you need is the history, physical exam and possibly an X-Ray. UNFORTUNATELY PHYSICAL THERAPIST ARE NOT NECESSARILY TRAINED AND ARE NOT RECOGNIZED BY MANY INSURANCES TO COMPLETE PHYSICALS FOR CLAIM PURPOSES.
We need to see you as a patient as soon as possible, even if you do not have health insurance or money to pay for treatment. For all of the above reasons, it is important that you be seen by our chiropractic physician as soon after a vehicle accident. You are entitled to be examined, even if you are not feeling pain or discomfort. Our physicians are trained to spot motor vehicle accident problems that you or I might not recognize.
It is easy to sustain neck trauma is when one car collides into the rear-end of another. The passenger in the front automobile has their neck jerked back quickly resulting in an injury we know as whiplash. Whiplash can include: strained muscles and/or ligaments, and spinal joint injuries. This kind of neck injury is often associated with tension type headaches and head pain as a result of cervical dysfunction.
Other symptoms of whiplash include: nausea, arm and shoulder pain, and tingling in the hands and fingers. As with any injury, it is important to get an evaluation shortly thereafter to rule out any serious injury. In most whiplash cases, injuries are surface ones to the tissue and ligaments.
A study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery stated that “…an individual involved in a motor vehicle accident is nearly 7-times more likely to suffer neck degeneration within 7-years of the accident…” than individuals that have not been involved in an auto accident. The goal of chiropractic care is to return the injured joints, muscles and nerves to complete, healthy function thereby reducing this increased risk of degeneration.
Treatment for Whiplash
Since injuries following a motor vehicle accident tend to affect many different tissues, a multi-pronged treatment program is often necessary to achieve full recovery.
Chiropractic Adjustments return joints to their proper motion and position allowing your body to regain its lost function. This often relieves pain caused by inflammation trapped within the joints and reduces strain on tight, fatigued and spasmed muscles. Chiropractic adjustments are also effective in reducing pressure on “pinched” nerves and joint irritation often associated with headaches.
Muscle Therapy following an auto accident is beneficial at reducing the pain associated with muscle spasms and is also effective at preventing muscle inflammation from converting to scar tissue within the muscle (one of the prime contributions to chronic pain following an accident).
Ice and Medications
Ice, anti-inflammatory medications (Advil, Ibuprogen, Motrin, Alleve), painkillers and muscle relaxants can offer short-term relief, but do not address the source of the pain. These methods only mask the symptoms and can sometimes be harmful especially if it allows the injured person to perform activities that should be avoided until significant healing has occurred. Remember: Pain and muscle spasms are both protective responses that attempt to prevent further damage.
This section is provided as a general overview of the complex syndrome known as “whiplash”. More detailed information can be found on this site under Common Problems, or via the links below . Each condition associated with whiplash is covered individually in greater detail in this section.
Common Problems Associated with Whiplash
• Neck Pain
• Low Back Pain
• Disc Injuries
• Shoulder Pain
• Rotator Cuff Impingement
If you think you may suffer from whiplash injury, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our chiropractors today Call us at 720-515-8002. Proper management is critical in the recovery from whiplash injuries and to prevent future damage. If you live in or around Centennial, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Denver, Thornton we will gladly answer any of your questions and provide you with the best treatment options available to you.