Car Accident Treatment and Whiplash Help with Seattle Chiropractor Dr. Jas Walia
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Before you turn to medicine for help, visit your Seattle Chiropractor if you live in the area.
Think you can only get whiplash from a car accident? Think again!
Most people associate whiplash injuries with car accidents. But did you know that playing a weekend game of football, being pushed from behind, falling down, or even a violent sneeze can produce a whiplash-like injury? It’s true! Any sudden movement or stop of your body that forcefully snaps your head and neck forward, backwards, or sideways can severely your neck’s soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves), as well as the vertebrae. Even “minor” accidents can cause a major whiplash injury. Sometimes you can even injure yourself stopping suddenly without actually hitting anything.
Many people actually suffer a major injury with little (if any), damage to the car. This is often because the energy was shifted from the car, to the occupant, making the injuries worse. Research has shown that people can have a serious injury with as little as a 7 mph crash. Many new cars have bumpers that can withstand crashes at several times that speed without any damages. Never let anyone tell you that you cannot be hurt if there is no damage to the car. Whiplash injuries often follow a predictable pattern of pain. Some people report pain at the time of the accident, however, many others state that the pain began hours or days later. This is because the body can release a great deal of endorphins (super string pain killers) when it is traumatized. These endorphins usually start to wear off around the time that the swelling from the tissue damage starts. As the swelling continues, more pressure and stretching is placed on the weakened and torn soft tissues which can cause even more damage and swelling. Ice is very beneficial at this time.
If the damage is severe, pain may continue for a long time. If the damage is mild to moderate, the pain may be reduced or go away when the swelling starts to subside. Unfortunately, many people think they are okay once the pain starts to go away, and do not seek treatment. Due to the stretching and tearing of the ligaments combined with the fibrotic nature of the healing process, the alignment and biomechanics of the joints become altered. This increases the stress and “wear and tear” on the joints causing degeneration. As the degeneration progesses, many people find their symptoms returning six months to several years later. Often, permanent damage has already occurred. For this reason, it is recommended that everyone who has been in a car accident or who has sustained a whiplash injury be examined by a physician trained in the treatment of whiplash.
Chiropractors are specialists in treatment of the spine and connective tissues. They often testify in court on behalf of their patients. Chiropractors have one of the highest patient satisfaction ratings of any of the healthcare professions. They have succeeded in helping many people when traditional medicine has failed, and are usually covered at 100% under your automobile insurance. The sooner you see a chiropractor, the greater the chance of preventing permanent damage.
Symptoms related to whiplash may include any or all of the following:
|Neck or back pain
Jaw pain and clicking (TMJ)
|Ringing or buzzing in ears
Numbness or tingling in limbs
Weakness or paralysis
Fatigue or nausea
If you think you have, or know someone who may have sustained a whiplash injury, please immediately consult a Dr Jas Walia your Seattle chiropractor.
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