If you’ve been involved in a car accident, chances are you’ve been affected by some form of physical trauma. Even low speed collisions – especially rear-impact collisions – are shown to have high rates of injury.
Finding a chiropractor who concentrates in the diagnosis and treatment of auto accident injuries is a major first step to ensuring you don’t suffer from lifelong pain and discomfort due to your accident.
Common Auto Accident Injuries
Some of the most frequent motor vehicle accident injuries occur to a person’s spine and/or neck. Over 3 million Americans suffer from accident-related whiplash ALONE each year, and half of those patients will suffer from chronic, long-lasting pain and discomfort.
Whiplash occurs when your head is jolted back and forth. Even during low-speed accident impact, your head can be caused to jolt violently, causing whiplash. When neck or spine injuries of any severity go untreated, they can lead to lifelong discomfort and deterioration. Complications often include arthritis, pinched nerves, stiffness, limited movement, and disc degeneration. Many of these effects can be relieved in part or entirely through effective
Accident victims are also liable to head and brain injuries – often without realizing these injuries have occurred. Many people fail to realize that certain kinds of traumatic brain injuries – such as those that occur when your brain collides with your inner skull – can happen without any direct impact to one’s head. Ortega Chiropractic, a Help4Jax clinic are the only chiropractic clinics in Jacksonville, FL with exclusive access to the Cranial Cervical Protocol MRI. The special technique is designed to diagnose neck, head, and brain trauma after auto accidents.
Symptoms of Whiplash & Other Auto Accident Injuries
Whiplash usually presents itself through neck pain and stiffness, loss of range of motion in one’s neck, headaches starting at the base of the skull, and pain or tenderness in your upper back and/or shoulders.
Spine and back injury symptoms can include pain, numbness, stiffness, dizziness, limited ability while walking, and can even lead to bladder or bowel control issues.
Brain injuries have a range of symptoms, depending on the severity of the trauma. Symptoms can include dizziness, nausea, headaches, blurred vision, disorientation, confusion, memory problems, trouble speaking, and emotional changed.
After an accident, certain neck, spine, and head injuries can take days or even weeks before they become noticeable. Sometimes a patient may fail to realize entirely that an injury has occurred.
Note: Only a chiropractor or doctor is able to properly diagnose spine and neck injuries, and it is essential that you seek medical attention after an accident – even if you believe you emerged from the accident unscathed.
Diagnosis & Treatment
At Ortega Chiropractic, we use our exclusive, research proven Cranial Cervical Protocol when diagnosing you for neck, spine, and head trauma after a car accident. Our approach combines an extensive chiropractic exam with the use of a special MRI and X-ray protocol. The use of our MRI protocol in after-accident diagnosis reveals brain trauma in 25% of accident victims. Without the use of MRI, many of these cases go undiagnosed. Help4Jax clinics and Ortega Chiropractic are the only chiropractic clinics in Jacksonville with access to this technology and can drastically improve your chances of detecting brain trauma.
As with other chiropractic procedures, chiropractic treatments for whiplash and other neck or back injuries can involve the following:
- Chiropractic adjustment/manipulation
- Muscle tension relief
- Rehabilitative exercises
- Recommendations for ergonomic or lifestyle changes
Chiropractic treatment maybe be completed independent of or in concert with other medical treatments for auto accidents. As with all chiropractic treatment, our goal is to relieve immediate pain and discomfort while reducing or eliminating the chance of chronic pain or complications. While chiropractic treatment can be used in tandem with doctor-prescribed medications and painkillers, chiropractic treatment itself is drug-free. Painkillers, while effective for the immediate relief of pain, offer no long-lasting benefits and are often misused or addictive. By offering long-lasting, corrective treatment, chiropractic procedures strive to eliminate the need for painkillers completely.
Book Your Appointment
If you have recently suffered a motor vehicle accident, call our office today at 904-425-4545 to book your appointment. Our waiting times are minimal, and we are often able to provide a same-day appointment.