Car Accident & Auto Injuries
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident you will need to make an appointment for a brief, but thorough, examination. Often, individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents experience minimal or no symptoms for the first few weeks and even months. It's important to not only receive immediate and appropriate treatment for any injuries sustained but also to document the extent of the injuries if present.
Failure to obtain a timely evaluation or appropriate treatment for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident may negate your ability to receive monetary compensation for any future medical bills resulting from the accident, negate your ability to receive pain and suffering settlements, and negate compensation for work loss.
When you come in, we will determine:
- the extent of the injury or 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 a note to present to your employer
Don't Delay, Call Today! (805) 983-6267
If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident, call (or have them call) our office immediately. The quicker you receive the care you need, the quicker your injuries will heal and the faster you can get on with your life. Don't delay, call today!
Common Injuries Caused By an Auto Accident
Auto accidents can wreak havoc on the body. Even if you don’t notice any immediate signs of an injury following your car accident, it’s always a good idea to be evaluated by a doctor, as some injuries may be “hidden” and the symptoms won’t be obvious for up to a few days. This is especially common among those who experience whiplash following an auto accident.
Specifically, whiplash is an injury that occurs when the spine is thrust abruptly forward at the time of impact; this results in damage to the tendons, muscles, and ligaments along the spinal column. While symptoms may not be noticeable right away, they will eventually develop into back/neck pain, stiffness, and possibly even headaches or migraines.
Another common injury associated with auto accidents is a herniated or bulging disc. This can occur when the fluid-filled discs between the vertebrae of the spine become dislodged or otherwise forced out of place at the time of impact. This, in turn, can lead to severe and localized back or neck pain.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
If you’ve been injured in a recent auto accident and are showing any signs of whiplash, a herniate disc, or similar injury affecting your neck or back, our chiropractor may be able to help you.
We’ll begin with a consultation in our office, which will help us to get a better idea of your symptoms and allow us the opportunity to evaluate you. From there, we can determine the proper course of treatment based on your injuries and lifestyle.
One of the more common chiropractic treatments we may recommend for auto accident injuries is that of spinal adjustment therapy; this manual adjustment allows us to correct imbalances in the spine, which can improve blood/oxygen flow throughout the body and promote your body’s own natural healing processes. This treatment is also great for relaxing muscles and allowing herniated or bulging discs the space they need to return to their proper positions along the spinal column. Other treatments we may recommend can include massage therapy and spinal decompression.