1 in 25 people will be involved in a car crash this year! This is not surprising to anyone who drives around here in rush hour traffic. Being involved in an auto accident can be a rush of police officers, tow trucks and even more traffic. During that stressful period of time it is crucial to remember your own health and wellness and make sure you take care of you!
Here are three things you NEED to know about your injuries following a car accident:
1. Even low speed accidents can lead to significant injuries. Almost every day in our office we hear from patients who are suffering from neck and back pain who have a history involving what they considered minor accidents. It is estimated that crashes involving vehicles moving at speeds of 9 miles per hour can lead to soft tissue injuries, especially to the neck.
2. A large number of occupants involved in a vehicle crash will suffer from chronic headaches. Studies have suggested 45% of those people will have headaches for the rest of their lives after being in an accident. Other studies have found that number to be much higher, this is also something we see in our office regularly. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible to minimize your long term pain and suffering.
3. Most car crash victims will not have to pay for their medical care after being involved in an accident not their fault. Recovering your personal property and health can be extremely stressful following an accident. We work with insurance companies and attorneys to make sure that worrying about paying for your health is not another thing you have to worry about. Most accident victims in our office are treated with no out of pocket costs and we work with very competent attorneys to ensure you get the care you need. The only thing you should have to worry about is getting well!
It is of the utmost importance that your doctors take extra precaution and time with you following your car crash. To properly access your injuries and evaluate your risks for long term effects it takes additional time, documentation, and expertise that will be required by your insurance company and attorney.
In our office we always take the time to properly assess patients who have been in a motor vehicle accident. We evaluate their injuries thoroughly and determine how the mechanism of injury affected the muscles and joints of your body.
We use a combination of orthopedic exams to rule in or out specific diagnosis.’ We also use neurological exams that will be used to test for any deficiency or over activity of the nervous system, which we see commonly following a traumatic event like a car accident. We are also constantly learning and expanding our knowledge base so that we can provide our patients with the best possible care.
Being involved in a car crash can be a very devastating and stressful and we all want to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. Then years later we wish we would have handled and taken better care of ourselves. We always cringe when a patient is in front of us with conditions that could have been taken care of years ago so please don’t let that be your story.