If you do any driving in a big or medium size city such as Bellevue WA or, Seattle WA which is were I practice, you know that seeing a car accident on the highway is almost a daily norm. This is kind of scary when you consider the impact that a car accident has on your body. As a matter of fact a whiplash injury to the neck causes wide spread consequences to your health. “Whiplash injuries not only increase the incidence of chronic neck and shoulder pain, it also significantly increases the incidence of other systemic ill health effects. In other words,whiplash injuries cause more than neck pain and headache, it hurts the health of the entire body.”(Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 2001)
Did you know that car accidents can give you injuries that if left untreated can create degenerative changes in the spine? Any one who has recently been in a car accident should be evaluated by a chiropractor to assess for these type of injuries.
“It is estimated that 15-40% of those who are injured in a motor vehicle collision will suffer from ongoing chronic pain.”(Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 2007)
Research is discovering more and more that damage to your vehicle has very little to do with the extent of your injuries. Even low impact accidents can give substantial whiplash to the neck
A Bellevue Chiropractor will evaluate your spine by doing specific tests as well as take x-rays to look for any damage to the bones and motion x-rays to look for any damage to the ligaments (the things holding the bones together), and joints.
Many times chiropractors can help car accident patients the best. “Chiropractic spinal adjusting can essentially fix 81% of disabled patients suffering from chronic low back and leg pain, even when other treatment approaches had failed.” (Canadian Family Physician, 1985)
“93% of patients with chronic whiplash pain who have failed medical and physical therapy care improve significantly with chiropractic adjustments.” (Injury, 1996)
If you have recently been involoved in a car accident in Bellevue or Seattle call your chiropractor today.
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