Saturday, March 16, 2013

Chiropractic Care for Auto Injuries and Whiplash

Chiropractic Care for Auto Injuries

How many people choose chiropractic care?

The Insurance Research Council reports that one third of the people injured in car accidents choose chiropractic treatment for their injuries. The Spine Research Institute of San Diego reports that there are 3 million new whiplash injuries every year. Other studies estimate that one in six people are involved in a motor vehicle accident every year, that's a lot of people.

Why do so many people seek chiropractic care after a wreck?

  1. Sprains and strains of the spinal muscles and ligaments are the most common injuries reported from motor vehicle accidents. Doctors of Chiropractic are highly trained in the treatment of soft tissue injuries, especially spinal injuries. Add to that the high patient satisfaction ratings from chiropractic (nearly 100%) you have a winning combination. For more information check out previous post.

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Should I be checked after the wreck?

If you experience any symptoms, you should be checked by a trained professional:

  1. Neck pain
  2. Headaches
  3. Arm Pain
  4. Leg Pain
  5. Numbness or tingling
  6. Dizziness
  7. Memory Loss
  8. Ringing in the Ears
  9. Any other symptoms...

There are many factors that determine your risk of injury. These include: the speeds involved, where the impact occurred, and occupant risk factors.

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is a non-medical term that describes a group of problems that are also known as Whiplash Associated disorders (WAD). The more technical term is flexion-extension injuries. Researchers are still studying the large number of problems that can be caused in these types of collisions.

The term was first used in the 1920's and was first called railway spine. New technology and studies demonstrate that the muscles and ligaments can stretch, discs can tear and protrude. Brains can be injured and even the low back can be hurt.

What should I do after an accident?

Schedule an appointment to be checked. We will perform a consultation and examination to determine the extent of your injuries. It is not uncommon for symptoms to get worse as time goes on, or to not occur at all for weeks or months. It is important to be checked and to document any injuries immediately after the accident and to receive appropriate treatment.

Your examination will help decide:

1) The extent of your injuries

2) If special tests (i.e. MRI, CT scan, Motion X-ray, etc.) are required

3) If you should see another specialist (i.e. Pain Management doctor, Surgeon etc.)

4) the type and the number of treatments you may need

5) If you need time off work (we will provide a note to your employer if warranted)

Who pays for my care from a car accident?

Kentucky car insurance will pay 100% for car accident related injuries. Payment is available for any passengers in the car, the driver, and even if you are "at fault."

Under Kentucky Assigned Claims, you can receive care, even if the driver was not insured at the time of the collision.

It is important to note that, payment to the chiropractor depends on the documentation of the injuries. One of the main considerations when choosing a chiropractor is choosing a doctor who understands the documentation requirements as well as treatment options.

How long does treatment take?

The answer to this question depends on several factors including:

  1. The severity of the injury
  2. Timeliness of beginning treatment
  3. Type of Injury
  4. Risk Factors including occupant age, gender, pre-existing conditions and a number of other factors

What types of treatment are available?

Treatment types include gentle chiropractic care, massage therapy, exercise rehabilitation, electric stimulation. We also provide referrals for pain management, neurologist, neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon as needed. Our goal is to get you the relief you deserve.

What if I have an attorney?

Your doctor will send your records to an attorney of your choice. Kentucky Law requires doctors to provide one free copy of your medical record to you or a representative, like an attorney.

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