Car Accident/Whiplash Pain Treatment
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WHIPLASH/AUTO ACCIDENTS INJURY
Getting into a car accident can be extremely terrifying and stressful. After the incident, many people sustain neck pain. Every year more than 3 million people get whiplash. In 50% of these cases, the whiplash will progress into chronic symptoms, as per latest statistical analysis. In many cases, particularly if left untreated, it can progress into a debilitating complication.
If you’ve recently sustained a similar injury or you know someone who did, it’s very important to get checked by a best Bellevue chiropractor.
Note: All car insurances fully cover the cost of diagnosis and treatment.
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SYMPTOMS OF AUTO ACCIDENTS
INJURY / WHIPLASH
Many patients may experience symptoms after a couple of days after they’ve been injured. In many cases, symptoms will not appear, even after 12 weeks post-injury. According to the Mayo Clinic, these symptoms are:
- Dizziness, Stiffness, Pain, Numbness or tingling in the arms, Painful or very soft shoulder, arms, upper back.
- Headache that starts from the top of the skull, Inability to move/stretch the neck in multiple positions.
Depending on how much the nerve roots, ligaments, discs, joints, or cervical muscles have been damaged, the symptoms will vary.
CAUSES OF AUTO ACCIDENTS
INJURY / WHIPLASH
When the whip in the neck is cracked or injured from a quick back-and-forth motion or a sudden forced impact, that’s when people sustain a neck injury, commonly referred to as whiplash. This is a typical injury after a rear-end collision. But, it can also appear as a result of trauma, physical abuse, or a sports injury.
The soft tissues, particularly the ligaments and muscles, extend beyond what they are supposed to, which leaves a major impact on the neck. This is a physical change that can tear or damage the soft tissues.
TREATMENT FOR AUTO ACCIDENTS INJURY / WHIPLASH
Whenever the neck gets injured during a traffic accident, it will suffer micro-tears in the soft tissue. The tissue will get damaged, bleed, and leak fluid that can irritate the skin and cause inflammation. If the tears don’t heal properly, it can cause scar tissue. At some point, the scar tissue will limit the neck movement and result in discomfort and pain. With time, the pain can get gradually worse. The best way to heal the neck is to get treatment immediately after the injury. This way, patients can avoid scar tissue completely.
Since every whiplash case is different, the chiropractic treatment will vary. These treatments include:
- Muscle stimulation/relaxation.
- Spinal manipulation (chiropractic adjustments).
- Lifestyle changes.
- Different exercises.
The treatment is about understanding the extent of tissue damage, which will then determine the necessary type of chiropractic neck adjustment to treat the injury.
CAN THERE BE HIDDEN INJURY TO THE BODY DUE TO AUTO ACCIDENTS?
According to statistics published by the ASIRT (Association for Safe International Road Travel), from 20 to 50 million people get injured during a traffic accident, many of which won’t experience immediate symptoms of an injury.
The problem is that even months after the accident, symptoms may not appear. If left untreated, they can result in a disability. Here is a list of some of the hidden damages from auto accidents people should look out for. These include:
- Herniated disc.
- Brian injury.
- Damaged knee.
- Injured shoulder.
- Psychological impact (phobia and trauma).
DOES MEDICAL INSURANCE COVER TREATMENT FOR AUTO ACCIDENTS INJURY / WHIPLASH?
Yes, car insurance will completely cover the auto-accident injury. In fact, car insurance companies will always encourage their clients to get proper treatment, since people can later avoid the potential adverse effects. These adverse effects are a lot more expensive and draining. If you need any help with filing a medical claim, a chiropractic office can walk you through it.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU VISIT AN EMERGENCY ROOM FOR AUTO ACCIDENT?
Unless you have a very serious injury, your underlying whiplash injury will not be likely treated in the emergency room. Instead, you will most likely get muscle relaxers or pain medications that can reduce the impact of the pain. A chiropractor can help take different x-rays to diagnose the impact of the injury.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT Auto Accidents injury
Whiplash is one of the most prevalent auto accident injuries.
It depends on the medical bills and lost wages. For example, if the bills were $4,000, your lost wages were around $500, you need to multiply the total sum of damages $4,500 by 3, for a total of $13,500.
You experience any of the symptoms, like dizziness, pain, numbness.
You need to provide evidence from medical treatment.
Provide valid evidence of physical injury, testimony, or a medical evaluation that proves the accident has left a psychological impact.
These cases take time. Sometimes the evidence is not sufficient, or there are some issues with the case.
Pain in the abdomen, headaches, swelling, bruising, nausea, behavioral changes, discomfort, shoulder pain, etc.
If the nerve roots that connect the neck to the spine have been inflamed or compressed, they will radiate down your body all the way to the hands and arms, fingers, shoulders, etc.
The spine is extremely delicate. All the structures that hold it in place can be injured even after a minor accident.
It is possible to prevent it since the majority of cases happen after a rear-end collision. Wearing a seat belt is the primary preventive method.
Both minor and major car crashes can result in nausea, vomiting, dizziness, etc. It doesn’t mean you’ve sustained serious damage; it means you’ve probably experienced a major shock.
The recovery time heavily depends on the grade of injury. Minor soft tissue injuries can rejuvenate after 1 to 4 weeks. For more serious cases, it can take much longer than that.
If you’ve gone through serious trauma, have been injured, or suffered, it might be possible to seek compensation for the emotional stress.
- Irritation or grumpy behaviour.
- Persisting pain in the shoulders, neck, or head.
- Ears ringing.
- Difficulty focusing or paying attention.
- Weakness/numbness in the arms.
- Painful head or neck movements.
Signs that start to spread through the entire arms or shoulders.
It’s not a good idea to leave whiplash untreated. Leaving it to heal on its own can cause misalignment of the bones in the spine, chronic pain, stiff neck, and other serious health complications.
TEMPORARY PAIN RELIEF FOR AUTO ACCIDENTS INJURY / WHIPLASH
For anyone looking for temporary relief, there are a few options that can help soothe the pain. These include:
- Heat and cold treatment.
- Plenty of rest.
- Pain meds (ibuprofen, Tylenol, etc.)
- Muscle relaxant.