Being in a car accident is scary, but dealing with the pain and the insurance companies afterwards, can be even worse. At Chiropractic Lifestyle Family Practice, PC, you can rest assured that you will be dealing with a physician who has had 15 years of experience taking care of patients and will help you navigate the best course of care. Because Utah is a no-fault state, that means after most traffic accidents, an injured person’s own insurance company will be responsible for providing yours or any passenger’s coverage for medical expenses and lost income, no matter who was at fault for the accident. It is called PIP (Personal Injury Protection) and the usual amount is $3000.00 that you usually will have available for your medical expenses.
So, it is always a good idea to have a professional examine you to determine if there is in fact a need for care. I’d like to point out that if there was damage to the solid structure of your vehicle, it stands to reason that the same impact of energy went through your body. Get yourself checked!
Oftentimes, you may feel little to no pain after an accident. That is very normal, especially since your likely to have experienced quite an adrenaline release. It is usually the following days that you begin to notice the pain or discomfort. It should be noted that your body is remarkably adept at handling pain and you will frequently never even feel any, even though there is an underlying problem. It is not until the illness/injury is more advanced that you will even realize you have a problem. So, it is always a good idea to have a professional examine you to determine if there is in fact a for care. I’d like to point out that if there was damage to the solid structure of your vehicle, it stands to reason that the same impact of energy went through your body. Get yourself checked!
It has been my experience and indeed numerous studies that support my observations that (according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) women’s less-muscular necks make them more susceptible to whiplash injuries. Whiplash is defined as:
An injury to the cervical spine caused by an abrupt jerking motion of the head, either backward or forward, and in the case of auto-injuries usually both. This can lead to neck stiffness/pain, misalignment of the normal vertebral anatomy, headaches, disorientation, nausea and more.
A 2011 study by the University of Virginia’s Center for Applied Biomechanics found that seat-belted female drivers in actual crashes had a 47 percent higher chance of serious injuries than belted male drivers in comparable collisions. For moderate injuries, that difference rose to 71 percent.
It is true that injuries will usually heal on their own, but how will they heal? That’s the important question. Your normal neck curve should look like an open-C. If the neck muscles are injured and spasming, it will often look straight, or in more severe cases, a reversed-C curve. It is important that you treat the whiplash properly right away, rather than wait for it to heal. This is because it will often heal misaligned. If it does, it will most likely cause further issues as you age, leading to chronic pain.
So if you’ve been in a car accident, give us a call today and find out what options are available to you. Let us help lead you down the road to recovery right away.