Motor Vehicle Accidents
One of the most stressful events in life is dealing with the issues that occur after an auto accident. The first thing a person thinks about after the crash is the car. Most people are not aware that some injuries are not detected for months or even years. Two things result in these situations: an insurance company settles with the victim without compensating for the pain and treatment needed from these undiagnosed injuries, and the injury gets worse over time due to the lack or delay of treatment. It is absolutely imperative that anybody that is in an auto accident immediately go see a provider trained in Functional Testing.
Even if you've already been examined by a trained professional, they may not have performed Funtional Testing. I wrote this to shed light on why most "Minor" accidents and injuries turn into major problems later, if functional testing is not included in the inital evaluation and the injured patient is not treated immediately. The sooner the threatment the greater the chance of a favorable outcome.
While whiplash is a common injury from auto accidents, another common complaint of crash victims is that they don’t “feel like their normal selves.” They may also experience other symptoms like dizziness, blurry vision, headaches, back pain, muscle stiffness or spasms, neck pain, numbness and tingling, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, irritability, memory loss and difficulty concentrating.
Auto accidents can also cause post-traumatic degernerative changes. This can cause damage your posture producing a slumped or hump back appearance. MVA generated trauma can also cause the discs in the spine to degenerate and create scar tissue formation leading to chronic stiffness.
Many thought their injuries were minor ... even non-existent. Only later did they discover they had received major, lifelong damage and trauma. Many people involved in MVA related injuries often experience even more devastating trauma ... often without even realizing it!
Your "minor" accident or injuries might turn into lifelong pain. Worst of all, all this is usually avoidable if you get early treatment. The longer you wait, often times the more damage your body incurs living with this trauma.
The reason people choose chiropractic care for treatment of injuries sustained in auto accidents is simple – chiropractic care is exceptional in the treatment of soft tissue injuries, especially of the spine. Since the most common injuries associated with these events are sprains and strains of the spinal muscles and ligaments, it’s only natural that chiropractic be the treatment of choice. Chiropractors are the primary care doctors trained specifically in dealing with injuries to the spine.
Much research has also found people injured in auto accidents prefer chiropractic care for the treatment of their injuries. One such study* evaluated 190 whiplash injury victims and found those who received chiropractic care reported treatment satisfaction of 100%.
One major concern individuals that have lived through the experience of an auto accident should be aware of is most medical doctors are not trained to detect the type of soft tissue or jointinjury that does not show itself immediately. It is imperative that people involved in auto accidents consult with a doctor who is trained in the biomechanics of the human body; someone who treats these injuries every day.
Often, passengers can be hurt more than a driver, especially if it is a side wreck or T-bone. Children can suffer the same injuries as adults and should be given the same care despite a feeling by the parent that a child can’t be “that injured” if no bones are broken or there is no bruising to the skin. Put it this way: if damage was done to a vehicle that actually bent metal, the people inside the vehicle surely absorbed that force as well.
Due to our bodies producing adrenaline at the time of an accident, this hormone acts like a natural pain killer and allows us to muster the courage to move through the impact and “take care of business”. As mentioned above, it is often days or weeks later that the full impact of the crash is felt. A trained doctor of chiropractic can be a brilliant source of diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue and joint injuries.
In addition, x-rays or MRI (if indicated) will be used to check for any structural damage. In our office, we routinely evaluate auto accident victims and make any appropriate referrals to other health care providers if necessary. Our primary responsibility is providing the proper care and submitting the required medical reports to the insurance company or attorney if one is involved so the rights of the patient are protected. You have been involved in a very serious event. I have over 33 years experience treating hundreds of people who've been involved in motor vehicle accidents. I have helped them attain legal representation. Unfortunately, not all Attorneys are equal. Patients that sustained MVA related injuries are best represented by Personal Injury Attorneys. I have testified as an expert in hundreds of PI and MVA Cases.
If we can’t help the patient, we will refer them to a doctor or facility that can. If you have been in an auto accident recently, there are some important decisions you have to make, and it is critical to make the first decision be to be evaluated by a doctor of chiropractic and get under care immediately.
Hopefully I can provide a little "positive nagging" and convince you about how serious this is. Also, I've been successful in treating many different health problems. I've had extensive post doctoral education and training, most importantly, I have over 33 years of experience getting people better.
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George K. Petruska, D.C., D.A.C.R.B.