A car accident is one of the most traumatic events that can occur to your body. Even if you appear okay following the accident, you may have sustained serious internal damage to your musculoskeletal system that can haunt you and cause serious painful conditions years later. Did you know that even a low-impact fender bender may cause serious whiplash and chronic headaches?
Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries or sport neck injury. The force of impact "whips" the neck backwards and forwards, damaging the cervical spine, ligaments, and tendons. Your neck will feel sore and stiff following the accident or injury, and you may suffer from chronic headaches, neck pain, dizziness, blurred vision, pain in the shoulders, arms and hands, reduced ability to turn and bend, and low back problems, and difficulty concentrating. Chiropractic adjustment can restore alignment to the cervical spine, reducing this pain. Additionally, physiotherapy, exercises, laser treatment can help restore a full range of motion and movement to your neck, therefore reducing pain and future problems.
Many accident victims also suffer from herniated disc. If the force of the accident causes a disc to slip out of alignment in your back, this disc may compress nearby nerves, leading to intense, radiating back pain. Even with medication, this pain will continue until pressure is no longer placed on the nerve. Chiropractic adjustments help relieve nerve pressure and restore alignment to the spine by treating the cause of the pain in a conservative manner before surgery is considered.
All too often, we treat patients who did not experience pain until weeks, months or even years, after the initial accident. Unfortunately, many of these patients have already stated to their insurance companies “no injuries resulting from the accident”, resulting in the loss of potential health compensation for their injuries through their car insurance. This is why it is so important to see a chiropractor as soon as possible to determine the extent of your injuries.
Even if you don't experience immediate pain, serious damage may have been done to your musculoskeletal system. When your body tries to heal itself, scar tissue will form, which can make full recovery difficult and exacerbate pain. The earlier we can begin treating your injury, the faster we can help you heal - and avoid the development of chronic pain.
Don't wait until chronic back pain and neck pain compromises your ability to work and enjoy life. Consult Dr. Jeffrey P. Johnson before depending upon addictive pain medication, enduring constant whiplash-related headaches or submitting to surgery.
Dr. Johnson first takes a detailed history of your accident and medical history. From this consultation, he will determine if your condition is one he can help you with or he will refer you to a doctor better suited for your condition.
If Dr. Johnson determines your condition is one he can treat, then a comprehensive examination (physical, orthopedic and neurological) will be done and the appropriate imaging will be ordered. If an MRI is indicated, Dr. Johnson has special protocol for the MRI technician to use which surpass typical MRI studies. With his protocols, many things that are typically overlooked are caught and will help insure you receive the correct treatments.
Call Dr. Johnson’s office today for a complimentary consultation. Life is too short to live in pain...