Have you been in a car crash? Are you
suffering from chronic pain because of your injury? You don’t need to suffer. Here at Summit View Health Center we have been treating auto, work and recreation related
injuries for over 10 years. We have the experience, knowledge and plenty of staff
to help you get through this tough time.
Watch our video (to the right) that talks
about recovering from auto injuries to see
how chiropractic can help.
Injuries like cuts, bruises and broken bones
are easily identified and treated. But other
types of injuries may not be visible. Pain or discomfort may develop in a day, a week, a month, a year or even longer. They can
present themselves as headaches, joint aches, tingling, numbness or many others. These
types of “hidden” injuries can be very serious and cause long term damage (such as disc degeneration or bulges) if left untreated.
Getting the proper treatment early after your crash can be very important in recovering quickly. Most auto injury pain originates in the spine, and that’s why chiropractic can be beneficial: we get to the underlying trauma that you experienced and help your body heal. Dr. Gray is great at correctly diagnosing your problem and will give you the advice and proper treatment that you need to get out of pain and enjoy your life again. He utilizes chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, massage therapy, pain injections and spinal decompression to get your body back to a pre-injury status as soon as possible.
Accidents cause spinal misalignments in the body, a serious condition that distorts your structure, irritates nerves, bones, ligaments and discs and can damage your overall health. Any accident, no matter how mild, can create nerve-damaging misalignments.
It is for that reason that if you have ever been in an accident or fall, no matter how minor, you need a chiropractic spinal checkup to ensure that your spine is free from these health destroying abnormalities. Only a chiropractor is trained to analyze your spine for the vertebral subluxation complex.
Is chiropractic care helpful in serious accidents? Absolutely! But in such situations it is necessary to first attend to any life-threatening emergency such as bleeding or hemorrhage, stoppage of breath, loss of fluid electrolytes, internal organ damage, broken bones, serious contusions or abrasion, shock and the like. This is the specialty of the medical profession: dealing with trauma.
Long-term damage to the spine and head is especially common in auto accidents. Doctors of chiropractic have for years recognized that most victims of automobile injuries do not fully recover under medical care – they may continue to have problems for years after the accident because their structure is often ignored. New medical terms acknowledging the incomplete healing of accident victims have recently arisen: Postconcussion Syndrome (PCS), Whiplash Syndrome (WS), Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (MTBI), and Mild Head Injury (MHI).
All people who have been in an accident or trauma should see a chiropractor to have their spinal columns checked for nerve pressure caused by vertebral subluxations or spinal stress. A chiropractic adjustment can make the difference between life and death, between a life with pain, disability and sickness and a life of true recovery, activity and accomplishment.
Whiplash is probably one of the most misunderstood kinds of injuries. For those who have experienced first hand the effects of a car crash, you know all too well that whiplash occurs when you are struck by a high force that causes unnatural jerking back and forth of your head. When this occurs, muscles and ligaments, that support your spine can be overstretched, or even torn. This disruption can also cause a misalignment of vertebrae and stretching of the spinal cord.
Most instances of whiplash occur during a front-end or rear-end automobile collision. The force of the vehicle being struck or striking another object are quite powerful (even in low speeds), and can cause the neck muscles, ligaments, and tendons to twist and turn with incredible, unnatural force. These tissues, when stretched far beyond their natural limits, can become torn and, in some cases, permanently damaged. In addition, vertebral discs in the cervical spine can bulge, tear, and rupture.
Symptoms of whiplash may include one or more of the following:
- Headaches, especially behind the eyes
- Dizziness or Blurred vision
- Pain in the shoulder, arms and/or hands
- Ringing in the ear
- General stiffness
- Burning and/or piercing pain in the neck, jaw or face, shoulders (may be a sign of a muscle or ligament tear).
- Sharp pains when moving (a possible sign of disc damage)
- Swallowing difficulty
- Loss of range in motion
- Low Back Problems
Despite a car’s ability to emerge from an auto accident unscathed, it is vital to your long term health to ensure a proper exam. Effects from an auto accident may not show themselves immediately. If you have recently been in an auto accident, call to schedule an appointment today. (801) 748-0140