No one ever
expects to be involved in a car accident. In a split second, your body can be
suddenly thrown in any direction, at very high rates of speed, and often without
any warning to the driver or passengers. Add to this the possibility of a
collision with another object, even another car, and thousands of pounds of
steel are brought to a complete stop in the time it takes you to blink. The
real problem here, however, is that even if you are wearing your seatbelt, what
is going to prevent your head from still traveling after the car has stopped?
This is what we know as whiplash, and it is by far one of the most common
injuries to result from car accidents. Basically the momentum of your head
moving at the same speed your car was traveling is then being brought to a
complete stop, but it is your neck that must try to hold it in place. No easy
task for your neck to do, considering that an average adult has a head that
weighs almost as much as a bowling ball! We now know that even low speed
collisions can have a devastating effect, making it crucially important that
those who have suffered an automobile accident injury seek care promptly.
Many people involved in these low speed accidents don't show symptoms right
away. They may feel fine initially after their accident and turn down any care
at the scene. It is often soon after this that problems begin. Your automobile
insurance provides you with chiropractic coverage after your accident to ensure
you receive the care you need to prevent these injuries from becoming chronic.
Chiropractic are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions caused by
your automobile accident. Whiplash, and its associated problems are one of the
most common reasons people visit a chiropractor. A recent study published
in the Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine points out the superiority of
chiropractic care for whiplash patients, while noting that "conventional
treatment of patients with whiplash symptoms is disappointing". Your chiropractor is able to
select and apply the appropriate treatment and rehab needed for your injury, and
can often do so at no cost to the patient through their auto insurance
benefits. Not having your injury examined and treated may lead to problems
later in life, such as an earlier onset of arthritis. You owe it to yourself to
make sure you have your injury, however minor it may seem, examined by a
HERE now to set up your appointment with
Dr. Geoffrey Hann.
Chiropractic "Only Proven Effective Treatment" for
Khan S, Cook J, Gargan M, Bannister G. A symptomatic
classification of whiplash injury and the implications for treatment.
Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine 1999;21(1):22-25