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If you or someone you know have been involved in a car accident, then you should make an appointment with a doctor that regulary deals with these types of injuires. Motor vehicle accident injuries can include neck and back pain, whiplash, concussions, broken bones and more. One of the most common injuries from a car crash is the damaging effect of whiplash. Whiplash occurs when a sudden, jarring movement of the head is sustained backward, forward or even to the side. Signs of Whiplash to the spine might be severe pain but look for these other indicators too:
• Blurred vision • Dizziness • Neck pain • Neck stiffness • Low back pain • Headaches
• Shoulder pain • Reduced range of motion in the neck • Arm/Leg pain, numbness or tingling
Getting Care Quickly
In the state of Florida, you only have 14 DAYS to see a doctor to activate your insurance. If not, you may not have injury coverage and will be resposible for medical costs out of your pocket. Florida also has "no-fault" coverage whch means if your coverage includes PIP(Personal Injury Protection), you should have insurance coverage for your medical care even if the accident was considered your fault.
Our office will evaluate you for these types of injuries and provide the care you need for full recovery. We also refer to other specialists including orthopedists and neurologists for more severe cases and will connect you with an attorney.
Many people go to the hospital after an accident and only get X-rays or CT scans and then are released with prescriptions for pain killers and/or muscle relaxers. This type of treatment may help reduce pain temporarily, but it will NOT correct injuries or get you back to full recovery.
Since chiropractors work with the bones, muscles, nerves and connective tissue, they are crucial to visit after an accident. Allowing the effects of whiplash to go untreated can induce long-term pain. The seriousness of the physical effects of an accident is not always known or felt immediately following. It can take days, weeks or even months for major symptoms to show up. Even a car crash that is seemingly minor with limited damage to the car itself can cause serious injury to the driver and passengers. Chiropractic treatments are the right step toward relieving pain by make necessary adjustments to spine and restoring the body to pre-accident form.