Medical Care and Chiropractic Treatment for Soft Tissue Injuries
In day-to-day practice, it is very rare that we encounter an auto accident victim who has not sustained soft tissue injuries. This is because of the jolting that occurs during the initial impact and often leads to whiplash injuries, among others.
The most common injuries associated with auto accidents are sprains and strains of the spinal muscles and ligaments. Although insurance adjusters will try to discount your claim if you have “only soft tissue injuries,” our office takes them very seriously because we know how much pain they can cause. We have heard this line from insurance adjusters all too often.
The reality is that, in 75 percent of patients, whiplash symptoms last more than six months. Sometimes, the symptoms do not occur until days after the accident. The most commonly affected age group is middle-aged persons, especially women.
Rear-end accidents most commonly cause whiplash. The impact can occur at as low as five miles per hour yet still result in whiplash. So, even if the damage to your vehicle isn’t serious, your injuries may be.
A chiropractor, medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, or other medical provider can help you resolve your injuries after an auto accident. A medical provider can offer non-invasive treatment, including adjustment techniques, ice therapy, heat therapy, physical therapies, stretches, and strengthening exercises. Through a progressive course of treatment, you can realize improvement in your pain, range of motion, and strength.
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle collision, contact a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.