Posts Tagged ‘car accident injuries’


Symptoms and Treatment of Whiplash

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

back-pain-whiplashWhiplash Injuries: Symptoms and Treatment

The unfortunate reality of our mobile society is that there are fewer licensed drivers that have never been in an automobile accident. The more years of driving experience a person has, the more likely it is they have been involved in some sort of car accident. The U.S. Census Bureau last estimated that $10.2 million motor vehicle accidents occurred in 2008 alone. These accidents, ranging from minor fender benders to full-on collisions, are leading contributors to whiplash and concussions treated by chiropractors and physicians throughout the US. There is a rising number of bicyclists on the roadways, and whiplash caused by car accidents can be attributed to car-to-bicycle collisions.

Whiplash, car accident related or not, happens when the sudden change in the body’s velocity stretches the muscles and ligaments in the neck beyond normal range. It can occur to both motorists and cyclists involved in collisions. Anybody suffering from symptoms of whiplash should seek whiplash treatment from a chiropractor to help ease pain and stiffness and decrease risk of long-term damage.

To understand the importance of whiplash treatment, read on for information on its causes, symptoms and diagnosis.

car-accident-injuriesWhiplash: The Causes

There are many different causes of whiplash. Car accident injuries are the most common, but sports injuries, bicycle crashes and other accidents can also result in similar neck pain and stiffness.

In an accident where a car is side-swiped, for example, the impact causes the body to fly to the side quickly, with the head following the body’s movements. Sudden stopping of the car flings the head to the other side, often resulting in the head hitting a window. This can leave the spine and soft tissues in the neck unstable, requiring a series of chiropractic appointments for whiplash treatment, or maybe even medical treatment for concussion.

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Possible Auto Accident Injury? What to Do Next

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

auto-accident-injuryWhat To Do When You’ve been Injured in an Auto Accident

Schedule An Appointment Right Away

If you have been involved in a car accident you should make an appointment for a thorough examination as soon as you can.

Often, individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents have minimal or no symptoms until several weeks after the accident.

It’s important to not only receive immediate treatment for any injuries sustained, but also to document the extent of the injuries, before too much time has passed.

Failure to obtain a timely evaluation or appropriate treatment for injuries sustained in a car accident may negate your ability to receive monetary compensation for any future medical bills, pain and suffering settlements, and compensation for work loss.

NOTE: The State of Florida requires that you be examined by a physician within 14 days of the automobile accident to qualify for PIP (personal injury protection) of your automobile policy.  Failure to do so will result in loss of your PIP coverage $10,000 to pay for your medical claims.

car-accident-auto-injury-factsWhen you first visit the Grappin Chiropractic Clinic, we will determine:

  • The extent of your injuries
  • The number of estimated treatments required to treat your injuries
  • If a referral to another medical specialist is required
  • If special tests are required (i.e. MRI, CT Scan, etc.)
  • If you need to take “injury time off” from work (and provide you with documentation for your employer)

The reason auto accident victims choose chiropractic care for treatment is simple – chiropractic care is exceptional in the treatment of soft tissue injuries, especially those involving the spine. Since the most common injuries associated with motor vehicle accidents are sprains and strains of the spinal muscles and ligaments, disc and nerve damage, it’s only natural that chiropractic care is the treatment of choice. (more…)