Auto Accidents and Whiplash

If you've been in a motor vehicle accident, most automobile insurance covers 100% of your chiropractic care, and you may also be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.

Most Americans will be involved in at least one motor vehicle accident at some time in their life. Injuries that result from a motor vehicle accident are often misunderstood. Frequently, the pain or other symptoms of the injury are not apparent at the time of the accident. In fact, some injuries are hidden so well they may be missed by emergency room technicians and can take weeks, months and even years before actual symptoms appear.

The term "whiplash" is commonly associated with rear-end auto accidents. It conjures up a variety of reactions in different people. A large percentage think that these accident victims overemphasize their condition to profit from what may seem a trivial accident.

The term "whiplash" is not a diagnosis of a condition or description of an injury; it refers to the injury's mechanism. An example of proper terminology is cervical hyperextension/hyperflexion sprain and/or strain of whiplash dynamics. Hyperextension means that the head and neck are bent backward beyond their normal range of movement; hyperflexion means that the head and neck are bent forward beyond the normal range of motion.

The amount of damage to the vehicle does not depict the amount of injury sustained by the victim. Studies indicate that injuries can occur at impact speeds of 10 mph where there is little or even no damage to the car. Today's vehicles absorb much of the impact in the bumper, but transmit this energy from the impact to the person's head and neck. This can eventually cause pain and stiffness possibly leading to arthritic changes in the spine.

If you or anyone you know has been involved in a motor vehicle accident it makes good sense to have your spine examined for possible misaligned vertebrae causing pinched or irritated nerves.

Dr. Chance has been successfully treating patients who have sustained injuries in auto accidents for over 30 years. Please do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation at (239) 466-5656.