Neck Pain, Back Pain, Headaches, Whiplash?
If You Have Been Involved In An Auto Accident, You Are Not Alone
If your auto accident seemed minor because of slow speeds or little damage to your vehicle, that doesn’t mean injury did not occur. It can be a time of great concern. At just 10mph, the body can be subjected to a force of 5 to 10 G’s. The force of 10 G’s is greater than a fighter pilot would experience during aerial combat.
Independent studies show that your body can violently move back and forth 6 to 10 times the speed your auto was going at time of impact. In other words, a 5-10 mph crash, your neck can move at 50 to 100 miles per hour! This is how G force can cause serious injuries at even low speeds. At Jackson Healing Arts our doctors are experts at detecting and correcting injuries resulting from auto accidents.
Whiplash is a term used to describe what happens to your head and neck in an automobile accident. It can occur at any angle; head on collisions, rear-end impacts, from any corner, or from being T-Boned, which is impact from the side.
The ill effects of a whiplash injury can occur instantly or it could be weeks, months or even years before symptoms occur. Injuries to the neck caused by a sudden movement (head forward, back, or sideways) is commonly referred to as “whiplash” or “acceleration/deceleration injuries”. Literally thousands of pounds of force is exerted upon the neck and spine of the whiplash victim. These forces result in tearing of muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and in turn, can result in a displacement of the vertebrae of the spine (subluxation) which is a dysfunctional joint causing nerve irritation (pinched spinal nerves). The results of such injuries can cause neck pain, shoulder and arm pain or numbness, elbow and hand pain or numbness, mid back pain, headaches, dizziness, and blurred vision. The injured areas lose the ability to function and loss of range of motion (stiffness) occurs. This is where whiplash pain comes from. It’s most prevalent in the neck – but can happen to any area of the spine or body.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Whiplash symptoms can include neck pain and stiffness, shoulder pain, headaches, back pain, arm pain, numbness or tingling in your fingers, dizziness or light headedness, mid back pain, low back pain, numbness or tingling down your legs. Whiplash may also produce facial pain, ringing in the ears or hearing loss, vertigo, blurred vision, or even hoarseness. Whiplash is real and painful. You may experience one or many of the above symptoms. Each person is unique in their injuries.
The Problem With Whiplash
The problem with whiplash is that very few doctors truly understand it. Well meaning emergency room physicians, general medical doctors and physical therapists do not appreciate the extent of the pain and injuries of whiplash accident victims. The end result is these people are often provided inadequate treatment to care for their injuries. Don’t let this happen to you. Dr. Philip Pappas truly understands the pain you are going through.
Whiplash Injuries Can Remain Hidden For Weeks Or Months
Because of the body’s ability to adapt to injury, some whiplash injuries can remain hidden for weeks or months before pain or other symptoms surface. By the time symptoms surface, many people have already signed their right s to treatment away. Insurance companies know the facts and spend millions of dollars a year to hide them. It is no secret that insurance companies may not have your best interest in mind and attempt to get you to prematurely settle your claim in order that they can avoid additional liability. Their concern is not your health. Their concern is to get you to settle for as little as possible. If you do, what happens when hidden challenges begin surfacing? Don’t let this happen to you. Preserve your rights to receive the treatment you need. Do not sign anything until you have been thoroughly checked by a doctor that specializes in Auto injury trauma, like Dr. Philip Pappas.
Chiropractic is the most appropriate approach to these types of injuries. Chiropractic care utilizes specific bone manipulations (Adjustments) to help normalize spinal function. This is crucial in the beginning phases of healing to bring back proper motion, but return of functional joint motion usually requires 2-3 months of chiropractic care. Active care allows the soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, and tendons) to heal most effectively with minimal scar tissue and physical therapy can take from a few months up to a year to complete the healing process.
Effects of Improper Treatment
Improper treatment of whiplash injuries and all soft tissue injuries is a factor in a large percentage of the patient’s that finally present themselves to our clinic. Most MD’s and DO’s prescribe muscle relaxors, pain medications, and anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS). These drugs do nothing to correct the problem and only cover up the symptoms.
The Good News!
The good news is that Jackson Healing Arts has proven to be very effective in helping most whiplash victims identify and treat their whiplash injuries – without drugs or surgery.
A study by Woodward, Cook, Gargan and Bannister found 93% of patients under chiropractic care for whiplash injuries had improved. They further stated”…..”No conventional medical treatment has proven to be as effective as chiropractic.”
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We work with your attorney and insurance adjuster. Payments are made to us when you have been released and the claim has been finalized.
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