Unfortunately, most doctors do not have specific training when it comes to automobile collision related injuries. It is not just regular medical doctors that miss this problem, but also most radiologists are not even looking for this hidden injury. The amount force experienced in an auto collision is unique in that it produces a condition that is also unique to the body. I’ve personally seen time and time again that the injury goes unnoticed and not worked up appropriately. This can have lifelong health repercussions and legal repercussions when this problem is not uncovered.
This is why it is very important for your well being to utilize specific car accident doctors that have been trained in dealing with these unique injuries. I’ve also seen doctors believe that the patient is faking their injuries because nothing is showing up on standard imaging studies. Unfortunately, this happens all too often because doctors are not accustomed to looking for Spinal Ligament damage.
The spine is held together by about a dozen different ligaments organized in a complex fashion which give rise to the spine’s stability. When one of these ligaments have been disrupted, the spine loses some of its integrity. The muscles often try and compensate by becoming very tight, which ultimately gives rise to myofascial pain syndromes that can be stubborn to treat. It’s often understood that when a patient is injured in a car crash, that the person has sustained a strain and a sprain, one of the most common diagnoses given. This begs the question of what is exactly sprained and strained.
Our diagnosis codes don’t even reflect the exact location of the sprain. This is very problematic because if the doctor doesn’t know where the exact sprain has occurred, how can one decide on which therapy to use or which site to target the therapy.
The whole idea of a spinal ligament being sprained is not new, but it is one of the most commonly overlooked conditions because there are many factors that go into trying to find these lesions. This is where the team approach in a multidisciplinary setting surpasses non-integrated clinics. There are also other factors of why these types of injuries are going unnoticed, which you can read more about in our blog.
Author: Dr. Trent Artichoker
Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211
Auto Accident Injury Treatment
Not all auto accident injury treatment was created equal. I have found that the best approach utilizes multi disciplinary integrative treatment plans. This allows the best treatment options available from the variety of health care practitioners that treat whiplash accident injuries. Conversely, an approach that utilizes only one profession, such as chiropractic, massage, or anyone profession might not yield the best results for several reasons.
Going to your local family chiropractor for your whiplash accident may help temporarily, but ancillary services will help speed up your recovery and help prevent future aggravation of your injuries. Chiropractic is an excellent option to help realign the spine, but physical therapy will also keep the adjustments lasting longer. Massage therapy will help improve the circulation and help decrease excessive muscle tension that pulls the spine out of alignment. The medical doctor helps authorize the care so the insurance company pays as well as supervising treatment and provide any necessary referrals to specialists when needed.
In Denver we are seeing a huge jump in our population which is also congesting our roads. The increase in traffic is also causing an increase in whiplash accidents in Denver. These types of accidents can be very serious, and can produce significant injuries, such as concussions (mild traumatic brain injuries), facet syndrome, strains/sprains, which is what people with whiplash usually get in an accident.
Besides improved care with a multi disciplinary approach, your legal case also become better in terms of documentation. Improved documentation results in an increase in your case value, which means your rights are being protected. Utilizing one type of health provider will decrease your case value, this will decrease the funding needed for future medical expenses and may not help you recover all of your lost wages or any other economic damages.
Auto accident injury treatment in Denver provides the best outcomes with an integrative approach. Denver Chiropractic, LLC is an almost 4,000 square foot facility that houses chiropractic, massage, medical doctor (Dr. Lee Moorer), physician assistant, physical therapy, physical therapy assistant, acupuncture, and a rock solid team of assistants. If you are involved a whiplash accident or any other type of car accident in Denver, our team would to help you out. Call us 303-455-2225 to schedule a free consult for your auto accident injury treatment.
Author: Dr. Trent Artichoker
Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211
All automobile accidents are painful. Not only can there be expensive physical damage to your car, but there can also be serious injuries to the precious cargo inside your car – you and your passengers.
In the chaos following an accident, it’s not unusual for those involved to imagine that they feel just fine. The adrenaline racing through your body masks pain very effectively. Sometimes days or even weeks later, pain from injuries suffered in even what seemed to be an inconsequential accident can manifest itself in crippling ways. You may suddenly find that you cannot work, cannot play, and that the quality of your life has been seriously restricted. It is for this reason that you should quickly head to a chiropractor after an automobile accident.
In cases such as these, the passage of time can erode your rights to recover damages from the negligent driver. The tick-tock of passing time can be your worst enemy.
In the heat of the moment, we rarely think about future medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, and the other cataclysmic impacts that may be visited upon you and your family as a result of someone else’s negligence. In order to protect yourself, it is essential that you visit a qualified chiropractor as soon after your accident as possible so that you can have a professional evaluation of your physical condition. If you wait until the painful evidence develops, you may be too late.
Of course, we hope you’re well. Too often, though, symptoms of whiplash, musculoskeletal trauma, or even internal injuries can develop after the fact – if you have not seen a chiropractor in a timely fashion or, worse, if you have been rushed into the settlement of your claim by an over-eager insurance adjustor, your right to recover these damages may already be gone.
Accidents happen – but, we know that lives can be forever altered as a consequence of someone else’s negligence. Thankfully, our system of justice works to protect the innocent, but it only works when you do your part. Protect yourself and your family. If you are involved in an automobile accident, get a chiropractic evaluation as soon as possible. Denver Chiropractic, LLC is your best bet, if you’re in the Denver area. And whatever else you do, don’t be badgered into settlement of your claim before you know how seriously the quality of your entire life might be diminished (–for that, check out TengeLaw.com who offers services in the Denver area as well.)
By Fort Collins Chiropractor Dr. Mathew Ullom BSc, DC
Following a Whiplash accident, there are a host of different common symptoms that can happen. Some of the more common symptoms include neck pain, headaches, pain at the base of your head, shoulder, and even jaw pain. Other symptoms include but are not limited to numbness and tingling, muscle spasms, difficulty sleeping, irritability, memory loss, ringing in the ears, weakness, and concentration issues.
Although the term whiplash is the most commonly used term it is archaic and the more recent and more explanative terms are CAD (cervical acceleration deceleration) injury and cervical hyperextension injury, although for the purposes of this article I will use the term whiplash for simplicity. Analyzing slow motion videos of auto accidents easily gives reason for the updated terminology. On impact the head whips forward or back and then recoils the opposite direction, in a fraction of a second.
The most common mechanism of injury is an auto accident. It is very important that your doctor asks the right questions and documents them accordingly. It is the little details that matter in an accident and this is especially important when it comes to settling your case. Damage that occurs to ligaments, discs, and joints can be significantly worse if your head was turned looking into the rearview mirror or talking to a passenger. While driving with one hand can cause rotation in your mid back or having one foot on the brake can torque your pelvis. As you can see it is the minute details that mater and if the doctor you are seeing is not asking these detailed questions you should probably be asking yourself if you are in the right place.
How long it takes for you to heal whiplash syndromes depends on how severe the trauma sustained to your body is and what structures and tissues were damaged. But for a quick guideline, muscles usually heal the quickest, taking a few months to repair, ligament and tendons can take six months or more, and discs can take over a year to heal completely. If you have pain that lasts more than 4-6 months it is often associated with a spinal problem in your spine involving the facets (a part of your vertebrae), ligaments and/or discs that is most likely affecting your nervous system slowing the healing process.
Whiplash treatment in Fort Collins and other cities can be quite diverse. And if you have read this far you can see the value of finding the right doctor. You need a doctor, who is detail orientated, trained in soft tissue injuries, and who is genuinely concerned about you, not just a pay check. When you head to the hospital they will check your vitals, look for broken bones and life-threatening conditions and release you with some medication for the pain. Their focus is on life and death and not on treating underlying musculoskeletal problems that often lead to future pain and degeneration. What you need to understand is that pills will not correct structural or soft tissue damage, there are specialized therapies designed for treatment of these injuries that some chiropractors will utilize.
There have been numerous studies that have shown early manipulation and mobilization have better outcomes than waiting weeks or months to seek chiropractic care. Our Fort Collins whiplash treatment goal for you is to get you back to pre-accident state as quickly as possible.