Auto Accident Injuries and FAQ

» Posted on Aug 31, 2011 in Chiropractic Care, Injuries and Rehabilitation | Comments Off on Auto Accident Injuries and FAQ

A motor vehicle accident may be the most traumatic event many of us will experience. The injuries that occur can range from minor cuts and scrapes to life changing events. One of the most common traumas we see in our office is what’s known as a “whiplash injury”.  When a car hits something (or is hit) the vehicle may stop or suddenly be accelerated.  In this situation, the weight of the patient’s head causes the neck to violent flex forward and/or extend backwards.  This often damages soft tissue structures such as muscles, tendons and ligaments and may disrupt the normal function of joints in the neck.  Shoulders and low back can be damaged when we grip the wheel and our bodies are wrenched around during the accident.  Even the seat belt that may have just saved your life can cause an abnormal rotation of your back leading to problems.

Care of these injuries typically focuses on two goals. Naturally our first gaol is to reduce pain. The second goal is just as important and that is to rehabilitate the soft tissue component of the injury and work toward restoring full range of motion, strength and normal function to the affected area. If normal funtion and structure are not restored, long term degenerative changes often occur. Therefore proper management including prompt care is important.

FAQs

How much does care cost?
In Kentucky all drivers are required to carry “Personal Injury Protection” (PIP). This covers up to $10,000 in medical bills. Many of these types of injuries can be resolved for considerably less with no out of pocket expenses.

Is chiropractic a good  option?
Chiropractors are trained to manage this type of injury. Our office has been treating patients with these types of injuries for over 40 years.

How long do I have to wait for an appointment?
Due to the serious nature of these injuries we try to get these patients in on the day they call.

Do I need a lawyer?
A lawyer is not essential to start care. In some cases circumstances will arise where we would recommend a patient seek legal advise.