Have you been in an auto accident?
If you've been involved in an accident, seeing a Doctor of Chiropractic to ensure proper healing is essential...Whiplash injury to the neck, or cervical sprain/strain, is by far the most common injury that results from a car accident.
Sprains and strains are referred to as soft tissue injuries (soft tissue includes muscles, tendons, and ligaments). Chiropractors are specialists in treating these kinds of injuries.
Soft tissue injuries, for the most part are invisible on x-rays and often overlooked. Soft tissue injuries can cause severe, debilitating pain after a car accident. Worse yet, if a soft tissue injury is not directly addressed with proper rehabilitation, and left untreated and unresolved, the injured muscles and other soft tissues can end up causing chronic pain for months...even years following the accident.
Unfortunately, the standard medical approach to these injuries often amounts to nothing more than suppressing the symptoms with pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs, leaving the injured muscles to hopefully heal on their own, done with random laying down of scar tissue. Soft tissue damage is usually more serious than a bone injury since bone heals with calcium which is one of the naturally occurring substances of bone; whereas, soft tissue, usually takes longer to heal after injury with fibrous or scar tissue. This scar tissue is different from the original soft tissue, and is usually less pliable and more sensitive after repair.
Injured muscles heal with scar tissue in a way that leaves them weaker, less elastic, and prone to re-injury and pain. Active and passive therapies administered by a chiropractor help to restore muscular strength, flexibility, and normal function by "aligning" the scar tissue. This will allow the soft tissue to heal healthier with less chance of future pain and dysfunction.
For over 18 years I have specialized in treating non-surgical spine injuries and commonly treat whiplash injuries from car accidents. My job in helping you overcome the pain and disability associated with whiplash is to:
1) Diagnosis the source of the pain from the whiplash injury
2) Treat the most important dysfunctions
3) Help you return to a more normal lifestyle
We will review specific information regarding the car accident, such as:
What was the vector of the crash (i.e., rear-end collision, head on collision, side impact collision, etc)?
Were you wearing a seatbelt?
Did you or the vehicle strike any other objects after the crash?
Were you aware of the impending impact?
How was your head positioned at time of impact?
What was the collision speed and damage amount?
I will also ask questions about the whiplash injury:
Where is the exact location of your pain?
What is the quality and character of your neck pain or back pain?
What movements, positions or activities either increase or decrease your neck pain or back pain?
Finally, I will ask about any other symptoms that may be related to the pain, such as numbness, tingling, weakness, dizziness, or blurred or double vision.
Next, I will examine you to assess, in the immediate stage, whether serious whiplash injury is present that may require hospital and/or surgical referral, and to identify specific tissues that have been injured.
I will conduct a neurological examination which involves a cranial nerve examination, sensory, motor and reflex examination of the extremities.
Maneuvers will be carried out that stress certain tissues to see if they have been injured by the whiplash.
I will perform motion palpation, designed to assess the mobility and pain reactions in the joints of the spine.
The muscles of the spine will be examined for areas of spasm, congestion or tenderness called myofascial trigger points, which are common sources of pain after whiplash.
From the history and examination, I will establish a "working diagnosis" — a clinical impression of the most striking features of the whiplash injury.
Based on this diagnosis of the whiplash injury, I will then determine whether any additional tests (such as x-rays, MRI or EMG) are required. I will obtain reports from any tests that were done through the emergency room or at previous consultations to avoid unnecessary duplicate testing.
Once all the necessary information has been gathered, we will make a determination to the best course of action required to bring about maximum recovery from the whiplash injury in the shortest time possible.
I would love to use my clinical experience, skills and knowledge combined with my own personal experience of being injured in an auto accident to help YOU...
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