Each year thousands of Martin County residents are involved in car accidents. Here are 3 reasons to choose chiropractic care after a car accident. Some car accidents cause minor damage while others cause major damage. The severity of the damage to vehicles and the severity of the injuries vary. Did you know that the vehicle […]
If you live or work in Stuart, Florida, chances are you or someone you know will be involved in a car accident.
Gentle chiropractic care is beneficial for those who have been injured in a car accident. This unique form of chiropractic care can provide maximum benefit with minimal visits.
Chiropractors are doctors who specialize in treating the musculoskeletal injuries common in car accidents which is why chiropractic care is often recommended after a car accident. It’s important to see a chiropractor who is experienced working with the severe trauma that can result from even low impact car crashes.
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Being in a car crash can be frightening. Right after the crash, your body releases an adrenaline rush. This decreases your ability to feel pain, increases your strength, and sharpens your mental focus. You may refuse treatment at the scene only to wake up the next morning feeling intense pain.
Even a seemingly minor fender bender can result in injuries that need treatment for the driver and/or passengers.1
Chiropractic care after a car accident
You should seek medical treatment after any car accident. Many serious injuries can take days – even weeks or months – to appear. Dr. Danielle can determine whether you sustained any serious injuries in the accident.
Chiropractors specialize in treating the musculoskeletal injuries common in car accidents. After an auto accident, Dr. Danielle performs a comprehensive medical examination. Based upon her exam results, she may order advanced imaging as well. This imaging can help to determine and document the extent of your injuries.
It’s important to note that medical imaging can’t capture and identify the micro-tears that occur in your ligaments and muscles after even minor car accidents. These micro-tears can cause intense pain and result in scarring. Chiropractic care can help break up scar tissue and adhesions. This helps to relieve the stiffness and pain common with car accident injuries.
Scheduling an appointment with a medical professional within 14 days of your accident will “activate” your Florida PIP insurance benefits. For most injuries, you’ll know within this 2 week window whether or not you’re seriously injured.
The three most common car accident injuries are:
- traumatic brain injury (concussion)
- spinal cord injury
Serious Car Accident Injury #1 Whiplash:
Whiplash is a soft tissue neck injury that occurs when the neck snaps back and forth in a rapid motion. The pain may start immediately or it may take days to appear. 2 Symptoms can vary widely among individuals. Symptoms of whiplash include:
- neck pain
- numbness or tingling in the arms
- blurred vision
- sleep disturbances
- memory problems
- ringing in the ears
Soft-tissue injuries like whiplash can take a long time to heal. Without proper chiropractic treatment, whiplash can cause pain for years. Dr. Danielle will be able to tell you how serious your whiplas injury is and what to do (and what not to do) to help it heal.
Serious Car Accident Injury # 2 Traumatic Brain Injury:
Head injuries should always be taken seriously. What may seem like a mild injury – literally a “bump to the head” – can be lethal if there is undetected bleeding in the brain.
The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may appear immediately after the crash. Sometimes the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may not be noticeable for weeks. Some signs of a traumatic brain injury include
- trouble concentrating
- sleep disturbances
- repeated vomiting
- slurred speech
- decreased coordination
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. According to Brainline, accidents that cause a concussion can be so minor that neither doctor nor patient makes the connection.
Dr. Danielle is often the first to diagnose traumatic brain injury in her patients. Many times her patients don’t recognize that these symptoms are signs of brain trauma.
Serious Car Accident Injury #3 Spinal Cord Injury:
Some of the most common signs of a spinal cord injury include
- breathing problems
- loss of bladder or bowel function
- loss of feeling in the arms or legs
- muscle weakness or paralysis in the trunk
- heart rate problems
- blood pressure problems
- or sexual dysfunction.
In the most severe cases, spinal cord injuries can lead to paraplegia, triplegia or quadriplegia.
Other Serious Car Accident Injuries
Whiplash, head trauma and spinal damage are by far the most life altering injuries caused by a car crash. The extreme forces of a car crash can cause other serious injuries. These include:
- broken bones
- fractured ribs
- internal bleeding
- herniated disc
- knee trauma
- shoulder trauma
Chiropractic care after a car accident can diagnose your injuries. If your injuries are beyond the scope of chiropractic care, Dr. Danielle will refer you to the appropriate medical specialist.
It’s important to seek medical care after any car accident.
After a car accident, it’s important to see a medical professional who is experienced working with the severe trauma that can result from even low impact car crashes. Should you need surgery or other medical care outside of the scope of chiropractic, Dr. Danielle will refer you to the right medical professional for your needs.
On your first visit to Advanced Wellness Solutions after your car accident, Dr. Danielle will not be manually adjusting you. She must first determine the extent of your injuries. Even though she provides effective gentle chiropractic care, it is critically important that she makes sure your injuries won’t be made worse by manual chiropractic adjustments. While she won’t be manually adjusting you, she will provide other gentle chiropractic treatment modalities that will help ease your pain and discomfort. These treatments help your body release IL-6, an important anti-inflammatory substance the body produces to help with acute injuries.
For car accident victims, who are often left in debilitating pain, a doctor of chiropractic can be a beacon of hope.
Dr. Danielle Hurd specializes in treating people who are in pain. She is a sought after chiropractic physician who frequently treats the severe injuries caused by car accidents. Dr. Danielle has helped hundreds of patients achieve drug free relief from chronic and persistent pain.
If you’ve been in a car accident, call 855-509-5400 to schedule your appointment.