A young woman is driving home from work in rush hour traffic. The SUV in front of her has to stop suddenly for traffic. The woman slams on her brakes and stops just before hitting the SUV in front of her. Unfortunately, the vehicle behind her does not react quickly enough and hits the woman’s vehicle from behind. The woman receives a significant jolt during the collision. She feels her head jerk backwards and then forward during the collision.
Immediately following the accident she feels somewhat dazed and has some pain and tightness in her neck. In the next few minutes she starts to develop a headache. Someone who witnessed the accident called the police. The policeman asked the woman if she wants an ambulance to transport her to the hospital. She declines but when the pain does not diminish she drives herself to the hospital. The hospital performs a brief examination and x-rays. The woman is informed that x-rays reveal no broken bones. The hospital gives the woman a prescription for muscle relaxants and pain pills. The staff tells the woman if she is not feeling better in a couple of days she should contact her family doctor or chiropractor.
A hospital ER is designed for treating serious emergency health situations. If a patient is not bleeding profusely, does not have any broken bones or life threatening injuries they cannot receive the attention and time that a person with a life threatening situation would require. When there are no fractures on the x-rays there can be significant supportive soft tissue, structure damage and instability in joints especially the spinal vertebra. If these damaged vertebra, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves are not diagnosed and treated they can cause significant pain and problems now and in the future. Muscle relaxants and pain pills are designed to give relief of pain temporarily. They do not correct damage, they just help the patient cope with it.
The young woman whose vehicle was struck from behind later went to a chiropractor for examination and treatment. The chiropractor performed a thorough examination including neurological, chiropractic and orthopedic testing. The chiropractor explained what the results of the tests meant. He also showed the patient her x-rays and pointed out the problems on the x-rays that were causing her pain. He discussed treatment with her that would actually correct her injuries, not just cover them up temporally with pain pills and muscle relaxants. The chiropractor would have referred her to a different specialist if her injuries were not best handled by a chiropractor. The woman received chiropractic care consisting of chiropractic adjustments to correct specific vertebral injuries. Her care also included therapy modalities that re-educated and healed muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. She responded well to treatment and her chiropractor was able to demonstrate rehabilitative exercises that she can perform at home. The chiropractor provided information and comprehensive medical reports for attorneys and insurance companies involved in her accident.
A chiropractor that has extensive training in injuries caused by accidents including automobile collisions, sport and work related injuries and falls is a great choice to evaluate, diagnosis and treat the patient to stop pain as quickly as possible and to try to eliminate future problems.
At the Brown Chiropractic Center we offer a free initial consultation and examination to see if comprehensive chiropractic care can help you or your loved ones recover from your car accident, work accident or other personal injury.