The Truth About Car Accident & Whiplash Injuries & How Chiropractic Can Help

The Truth about auto accidents.  What happens when you are hurt in a car accident?  First is shock!! Surprise!! Then the realization what has happened.  Then the feeling of fear, or anger depending on how bad others in the car are injured or how badily you are injured.  Do you have time to think rationally?  In many cases no!  If the injury is bad, or your loved ones are badily hurt, all logic and reasoning usually goes out the window.  You may be too excited or shocked to think clearly at the moment.  Because accidents happen to the best of drivers, everyone should be prepared to do the right thing.  Many legal troubles arising from accidents could be avoided or lessened if the persons involved knew in advance what they should do.

If you are hurt in a car accident the sooner care begins the better the prognosis (outcome). Chiropractic, massage, and therapy treatment and many other forms of physical medicine can accelerate recovery times and avoiding long term chronic conditions, such as degenerative joint disease or arthritis.   Studies have shown that a large percentage of whiplash victims will still have pain years after their crashes, particularly with no treatment.  These studies indicate that without treatment you risk the chance of myofibrosis (muscles become fibrotic & scar tissues can form within the muscle), degenerative joint disease and arthritis of the spine can develope.  This can lead to permanent pain and disability as you age.

In a Car accident when another vehicle strikes your car, that force is transferred into your body in a shearing, tearing and compressive type of injury that results in the muscles and ligaments supporting the spine and these connective tissues may become torn and the spinal discs may bulge, tear or rupture.  The  nerve roots in the neck and back can get stretched, irritated and inflammed. This can lead to shearing and shooting pain in the arms,legs, or the head.   You may have difficulty walking, sitting, sleeping and performing normal daily activities.  Doing those activities that were normal and common place can cause significant pain.

The car may only show minimal damage, but the occupants may have suffered extensive damage.  Left untreated, the formation of scar tissue can leave the injured person with impaired function to the neck and back for life.  This can lead to a permanent injury and cause a significant disability for life.  You may find that you are not able to care for your children, work normally, and doing those things that were once common place and pain free now cause alot of pain and difficulty.  You may also wind up with chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic headaches, chronic neck and back pain, and this can lead to other significant problems as you age.  

Taking pain pills or Ibuprofen or Tylenol will only cover up the symptoms and mask the injury and clinical condition.  The pain pills will not correct the underlying problem and condition.  Also, chronic use of pills can lead to toxicity and cause other health conditions such as stomach ulcers, liver or kidney damage.  

Each year, over-the-counter pain relievers containing acetaminophen are to blame for more than 100,000 calls to poison control, nearly 56,000 emergency room visits, over 26,000 hospitalizations, and more than 450 deaths from liver failure. 

Many consumers believe that taking over-the-counter medications are safe as long as taken as directed.  The truth is, even a low dose of acetaminophen can put us at risk for severe liver damage, a liver transplant, and even death.  But you would never know it just by reading the warning on the label. 

Most likely, your acetaminophen bottle has this simple message on it, :  

“Warning:  Taking more than the recommended dosage can cause severe health problems, including liver damage.”

So:  BE CAREFUL When taking these "over the counter" medications on a chronic basis!

 In conclusion:   It is important to get the proper treatment if you want to avoid a permanent and chronic condition like arthritis or degenerative joint disease.   If you have been hurt in a car accident, call us today!  We have a no wait policy and can usually get you in for treatment  the same day.   We provide safe and gentle treatments consisting of gentle adjustments, physical therapy, and massage.   Auto accident insurance should cover all treatment 100%.   Call us for details.

Below you will find some things you are required to do immediately by law if you are in an auto accident:

 First thing to do is:

1.  STOP!  ( Oregon state law  requires that the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident wherein a person is injured or damage is done to some property shall immediately stop his vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close to the scene as possible without obstructing traffic more than is necessary).

2.  Assist the Injured.  Your first duty after stopping your car is to check for injured persons.  If someone is seriously injured, try to make arrangements for a doctor to come to the scene or call an ambulance, whichever is quicker.

3.  Protect the scene: Take all possible precautions to prevent further accidents.  Try to have someone stationed to warn approaching vehicles, and if at night and flares and reflectors are available, put them out or have it done.  If no flares are available, use a flashlight.

4.  Call a Police Officer:  Give notice of the accident to the local police department if the accident occurs within a city or if it occurs outside city limits.

5.  Comments:  Do not comment on the accident.  Keep notes and information strictly to yourself.  State Law requires only that you give your name, address, and registration number of the vehicle you are driving and that you exhibit your license.

6.  Assist The Officer:  Remain at the scene, unless injured, until the officer arrives.  Cooperate with the officer by advising him/her of the basic facts briefly.  Remember:  You have the right to consult a lawyer before making any statement.  If it is a serious accident, consult him as soon as possible.

7.  Identify the Other Driver:  Obtain the other driver's name, address, and the registration number of the vehicle he/she is driving, and request him to exhibit to you his driver's license.

8.  Witnesses:  Obtain the names and addresses of all and any witnesses as soon as you can - both eyewitnesses and all others who might have some information about any of the circumstances of the accident.

9.  See you Chiropractor!  You could have evident or hidden injuries as a result of the car accident.  The full manifestation of the injury may not be apparrent for few weeks.  So, you should get checked as soon as possible.    Remember that serious and costly injuries do not always result in immediate pain or bloodshed.  Automobile Personal injury Protection (PIP) will pay for chiropractic examination and treatment.  If you delay in getting the proper help, your could develop a chronic & permanent condition with debilitating pain and arthritis as you age.  If you delay, you may also have problems with your  PIP (Personal Injury Protection) insurance company in that they may say that your injuries are not related the car crash.   If you are taking pain pills for temporary relief after the car crash for a limited and short time, ie a few days to a week, that is acceptable.  However, chronic use of pain pills may cause damage to your liver, kidneys, ulcers and cause other organs to malfunction causing diseases to your organs.  It is best to correct the underlying cause of the neck, back, or spinal injury vs. just masking it with drugs.   We at First Choice Chiropractic utilize Physical therapy, deep tissue massage, and gentle spinal adjustments.   We have a state of the art facility with a complete rehabilitation center.  If you  are not improving as expected, we will refer you to a medical doctor, and/or reqeust additional testing.  

10. Inform you Insurance Company: Make a complete report to your insurance company.  Failure to make a prompt and correct report may affect your rights.

So, if you have been hurt in a car accident, call us today at  (503) 390-1552, or visit us at:  We are here to help you.  PIP (Personal Injury Protection) usually covers upto $15,000 for medical bills for each person in the vehicle in the State of Oregon for injuries sustained in a car crash, whether it was your fault or not.