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Auto Accident/Whiplash

Unfortunately, car accidents are an all too common occurrence in today's fast paced world. In fact, it is estimated that one car accident occurs every 5 seconds in the US. A majority of these accidents are thankfully non-fatal, but if you have ever been in an accident yourself, no matter the severity, you know how stressful it can be for everyone involved. Not only is it stressful, but it can all become a bit of a blur, and with the obvious damage to your car, it is easy to neglect the less visible damage that may have occurred within your own body. It is paramount that you take into consideration your own health and prioritize it, especially in the following hours and days of being involved in an accident. Chiropractors are experts in diagnosing damage to both hard and soft tissue. This is why one of the first items on your list to do after an accident should include a visit to your chiropractor!

How will chiropractic care help me after an auto accident occurs?

Whiplash, muscle injuries, minor back pain, disc damage, and ligament problems are all associated with auto accidents. Chiropractors know the signs to look out for when it comes to diagnosing these conditions. If you have recently been in an auto accident and you are experiencing shoulder pain, neck pain, blurred vision, headaches, arm pain, or reduced range of motion, it is time to visit your chiropractor right away. If left untreated, pain can become very intense and cause extreme stiffness which will lead to reduced ability to function normally. If pain continues to worsens, it can lead to the inability to complete simple but necessary daily tasks, such as going to work, completing household chores, driving, climbing steps, and even showering! Sometimes those that are injured don't feel any pain at all, but if the injury goes untreated, it ends up becoming a very serious problem later on. This is why you should never put your chiropractic evaluation last on the list after an accident. The car mechanic and insurance company can wait. Your overall health should always be your biggest priority.


Spinal Injuries and Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries are on the Rise

Although the number of fatalities from motor vehicle collisions (MVC) has reached an all-time low in recent years, innovations such as laminated windshields, collapsable steering wheels, more effective restraint systems, and an increasingly more crashworthy overall structure have greatly improved the survivability of these crashes. But the low fatality statistics tells only half of the story. Figures that are less often reported are the millions of non-fatal crashes that raise the annual estimated comprehensive price tag of MVC to more than $346 billion. The majority of these occur at speed changes of under 15 mph according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Three million of these crashes result in whiplash-type injuries, according to the Spine Research Institute of San Diego, contributing about $43 billion (12%) to this huge comprehensive cost. This is one motivation behind the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( practice of evaluating and ranking the relative safety of cars with regard to whiplash protection. Without a decent rating in this category, the car, SUV, or truck will not earn the Institute’s Top Safety Pick award.

So why this high cost for whiplash injuries? Because nearly half of the victims require prolonged treatment and suffer long-term symptoms. Many suffer mild traumatic brain injuries as well. About 10% of the victims become disabled. And most physicians simply do not have the specialized training to provide the most effective treatment. Dr. Sergio Rocafort DC CCSP has been certified by the Spine Research Institute of San Diego as an expert in this very specialized area of science, which requires insight into the physics of the actual crash mechanics and the occupant kinematics—or motions resulting from the crash—as well as all of the latest diagnostic methods and treatments approaches. For the past 15 years, the institute has been conferring this highest level of certification to only 100 physicians each year.

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Sergio Rocafort DC, CCSP, please call Maximize Life Chiropractic at (303) 922-8146 or email [email protected]

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