Wham!! You’ve just been involved in an automobile collision. What do you do now?
Following an accident, most people become overwhelmed with getting their car fixed, and often neglect having themselves evaluated for damage to their own bodies. There are many different injuries that can occur during an accident, among the most common are “whiplash” type injuries; neck and back pain, headaches, muscle stiffness and soreness, dizziness, nausea, etc. Many people will experience these symptoms and hope that they will go away without treatment. This is seldom the case. Even minor symptoms should be evaluated by a trained professional to rule out significant injuries that could lead to lasting complications.
A study in the Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain showed that it is possible to sustain an acute whiplash injury and be susceptible to chronic pain even after the most minor of accidents. Certain positions of the head and body at time of impact, lack of preparation for the crash, and being struck from the rear are all variables that will increase the likelihood of incurring injury.
Seek Treatment Immediately - The sooner you seek treatment, the quicker the healing can begin. Rapid intervention and treatment do affect the speed of healing and decrease the possibility and extent of chronic injury.
At Vissers Chiropractic, your treatment will be designed to speed recovery from your injuries. A thorough history of the accident, complete description of the mechanism of injury, details of your pain patterns, and a complete physical examination provide the basis for documenting your injury and preparing your individual treatment plan. Chiropractic adjustments, massage, and physiotherapy, combined with exercise and nutrition, provides an excellent opportunity to recover from your injuries.
According to two recent studies – one in the journal “Injury” and another in the Journal of Orthopedic Medicine – people who failed under medical management were referred to chiropractors for treatment of chronic whiplash pain. In both studies, an overwhelming majority of patients responded favorably, confirming the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for whiplash.
Did you know that Oregon State Law requires automobile insurance policies to include “Personal Injury Protection”? This will cover your medical expenses for auto accident related injuries, up to $15,000 within 1 year after the collision.