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It Was Just a Fender Bender…

February 5, 2010

Recently, I had a phone consultation with one of my patients who had been involved in a car accident.  After the occurrence, she stated that she felt some soreness and a headache…felt it was probably normal.  But, over the next week, she stated that she experienced increasing pain and headaches and it was affecting her ability to perform certain activities.   When we spoke, she didn’t  understand what was happening… it was just a fender-bender!

Have you or someone you know ever been in a car accident?  The likelihood that you answer “yes” to this question is very high.  And, odds are, you knew the basics to protecting your possessions: get the number of the people involved and call your agent.  But, what about protecting the most important vehicle, yourself?  Did you know what steps to take and where to go to help you recover in the best way possible?

Basically, whiplash trauma is a neck injury that is caused by an abrupt movement of the head, like the lash of a whip.  Now, this most often happens from a car accident, but can be caused by other events, such as sporting injuries  or being violently shaking.  And, in a car accident, your head can be whipped forward, backward, and side-to-side, causing injury to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that hold your spine together.

So, let’s get to it.  Here are the simple steps to getting you on your way.

  1. Make a move. The healing process begins immediately.  The sooner you get help, the better your recovery will be.
  1. Get checked out. In my experience, the use of multiple professionals is the best approach.  Typically, a chiropractor is one of the best suited doctors to address your situation because they focus on the spine and its surrounding structures on a daily basis!… they should be able to guide you through the process of recovery, and if needed, refer you to other professionals to help along the way.
  1. Follow the Plan. A doctor that is familiar with injury rehabilitation should have a plan for you…  a process to follow to get you to the end result, recovery.  Following this plan is crucial… in both short and long-term.
  1. Ask questions. If you are need help, ASK!

If you have specific questions,  I’d be glad to help guide you through the process.

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