Why Chiropractic is a Right Choice for Car Accident Injuries – 3 Things You Need to Know

By · Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Locally it has been raining quite a bit.  Just yesterday on my drive I saw over six accidents – 4 of which were major accidents.  Major meaning flipped cars, multiple cars involved, and/or a four lane freeway reduced to 2 lanes.  Needless that say, traffic was terrible, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.  It was quite the reminder of the accidents that I’ve been involved in my life.  It was also a reminder for me of how Chiropractic excels at treating and managing injuries sustained from auto accidents even the “small fender bender”.

If you have been involved in an auto accident you need to realize a few things that could save you from problems that catch up with you years later.

The first thing you should know is that the energy that is involved in an accident that is “absorbed” by your car will also flow through you – its physics.  Cars now-a-days are designed to be repaired easily or just “totaled”.  You body is not as easily repaired or totaled.  You can just go a buy a new cervical spine.

Also, car damage is obvious, but injury to your body can be hidden.  In fact, when you go to the emergency room to be “checked” after a major accident their evaluation is limited to being “stable”.  You are then released with pain killers and instructions to see your primary doctor if pain persists.  Let’s be real, ER has much critical cases than a sore neck.  And that’s one of the reasons why you really want a doctor that is specialized in this type of injury to truly advise you and give you medical advice.

The second thing you should be aware of is the phrase “soft tissue injury”.  This phrase in fact is often discounted by you insurance adjuster.  What is really involved with soft tissue?  Let me name a few and you tell me how important they are – muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs, nerves.   Why is this such a discounted issue?  Well, here’s what happens – you are injured in an auto accident.  You got to ER and they take x-rays.  They see no broken bones.  They then discharge you with “soft tissue injury”, meds and recommendation to see your doctor saying that muscle and ligament take 2 to 4 weeks to heal and then you are as good a new.  Do you see the problem?  How can you assume that the problem is only muscles and ligaments when you have done no test to evaluate those structures.  You only took x-rays, saw no fracture of the bone and so all you know is that there is no problem with the bone.  (By-the-way, in my practice in Rancho Cucamonga Dr. Porterfield and I have had the experience twice that the ER has taken x-rays and then discharged the patient with who actually had neck fractures but missed them.)  What test have you done to evaluate the muscles, the ligaments, tendons, discs, and nerves?

The third thing you should realize if an injury is left undiagnosed and therefore untreated, it can cause significant problems in the future such as early degenerative joint disease, degenerative disc disease, disc herniation, chronic muscle shortening, etc.  You’d be shocked at how often I do a consultation with a patient that complains of neck pain and headaches who reports that they have not had any trauma or change in life style.  They say that the pain just started.  And then I ask them if they had an accident 1 to 2 years ago and they say yes!  I then ask them if they had it treated, but they say no because it was a “minor fender bender”.  After I take a moment to explain to them what that means, they become irritated that no one communicated to them what I did. If only they received PROPER treatment at the time of injury perhaps their current complaint wouldn’t exist.  Heck, at least if they had a PROPER evaluation after the accident perhaps they could have been educated and then given the choice.

Well that’s all the time I have for now.  If there is anything you should get from this article – if you have an accident get checked out by a chiropractor who is well trained on evaluating and treating auto accidents – even for the apparent “minor fender bender” or “soft tissue injury”. Doing this could save yourself from trouble months or years down the road.

Be safe out there with this crazy weather.


Dr. Troy Don, DC QME


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