Whiplash Injury Treatment in Fort Collins
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Only 50% of people injured in a motor vehicle collision ever fully recover. 25% of these people with permanent pain end up disabled. Anyone who has ever been involved in a whiplash incident can tell you how painful it can be in the aftermath. Fortunately for residents of the Fort Collins area, the Square ONE chiropractic center is nearby so that you can obtain full relief from any injuries you’ve sustained.
Do you have whiplash?
Whiplash is a condition that occurs when there is a sudden acceleration or deceleration, such as when a motor vehicle comes to a sudden stop, causing some significant injury to the body. During a whiplash event, your head might be violently jerked beyond its normal range of motion, and the muscles and ligaments which support the head, neck, and spine can be stretched or even torn during the incident. The vertebrae of the spine can be jerked out of their normal position, resulting in severe pain for the victim.
One of the most common scenarios for whiplash is when an occupant of a vehicle is unexpectedly hit from the side or from behind, which causes all the force of the moving vehicle to be transferred to individuals inside the stopped vehicle. As you might expect, this can cause some major issues for those on the receiving end of the forces involved. Apart from automobile crashes, whiplash can occur in other ways as well, for instance from a sports injury or a sudden fall.
There are a number of symptoms associated with whiplash, and you could experience any or all of these at once, but they will generally be very noticeable:
- Neck pain
- upper back pain
- back pain
- shoulder pain or discomfort
- pain in the jaw (TMJ)
- ringing in the ears
- nausea and/or vomiting
When you experience any combination of these symptoms after an incident which involved a sudden, jerky stoppage, it’s very possible that you have suffered injury to the spine. In most cases, the soreness and pain from a whiplash type of injury will not dissipate on its own, especially if you have knocked vertebrae out of alignment, so it’s highly advisable that you seek treatment with a reputable Fort Collins whiplash specialist such as Square ONE. Dr. Chris Gubbels has extensive post-graduate training in the area of diagnosis and treatment of traumatic injuries. We have the knowledge and experience you need in a whiplash provider as you recover from your injuries.
Fort Collins whiplash treatment
Every individual who is subjected to a whiplash type of injury will be troubled by unique symptoms, so there is never a general chiropractic treatment which can be used on all patients. The injuries and the issues caused by a sudden jerking of the neck and head will affect people in very different ways, depending on their position prior to the impact, their general health condition, and the actual forces involved in the impact. However, there are some generalized treatments which are frequently applicable, because the damage done to a person tends to fall into several known specific categories. Here are some of the ways you might be treated for whiplash at our Fort Collins whiplash center:
- muscle and soft tissue therapy – sometimes muscles can become bunched up or tensed following a whiplash incident, and this form of therapy is designed to help them relax into their normal state
- therapeutic exercise – exercising the muscles in the affected areas of the body can help aid in the healing process
- spinal adjustments – abnormally aligned joints of the spine can be realigned with specific and gentle chiropractic adjustment
- ergonomic and/or lifestyle changes – the process of healing can often be expedited by using body-friendly chairs and other accessories, and in some cases, changes to lifestyle will help the healing process.
- referral to other health care professionals – we frequently refer our injured patients to other experts in certain injuries to co-manage your case and help ensure you have the best chance of fully recovering from your injuries.
Have you recently been in an Car injury accident? Call our Whiplash Injury Clinic today!
Pay attention to more than just your car. You could have a whiplash auto injury even if your car has minimal damage. Whiplash injures can occur in accidents where the vehicle is barly moving, many times with very little or no vehicle damage.
How do you feel? Often, whiplash and nausea go together! Watch for emerging back and neck pain. In many cases, symptoms of an injury don’t appear until a few days after the auto accident. Immediately following an accident ones stress hormones, such as adrenalin, are elevated and initial injures frequently go unnoticed. Some symptoms to look for include: neck pain, headaches, muscle stiffness or spasm, decreased mobility, dizziness, numbness or tingling in the arm and nausea.
Don’t worry. In Colorado, Med-Pay coverage will pay for some or all of your medical expenses, regardless of who is at fault. Insurance carriers are required to provide $5000-$10,000 in medical coverage unless the individual specifically opted out of Med-Pay. If there is no Med-Pay or Med-Pay has been exhausted then either the injured individual’s health insurance or the at-fault driver’s car insurance can be billed for medical care related to the auto injury.
Call us to schedule an exam. We’ll help you diagnose any injury and put you on a path to recovery, starting with pain relief for neck pain to then even helping you choose the right neck pain relief pillow.
What is whiplash?
Most auto-related whiplash injuries occur when occupants of a stopped car are hit unexpectedly by another car from the side or from behind. When one vehicle strikes another vehicle the forces are transferred to the vehicle’s occupant (s). The biomechanics of a whiplash auto injury results in an s-shaped cervical spine where the lower cervical spine goes into extension and the upper cervical spine goes into flexion. This creates an alteration of a normal c-shaped cervical spine:
- The lower portion of the spine bends backwards going into extension.
- The upper portion of the spine bends forward going into flexion.
But auto accidents aren’t the only cause of whiplash. Whiplash injuries can also result from sporting accidents, slips, falls and head collisions.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should be evaluated immediately by a professional trained in spinal curve corrective work. Call our whiplash injury clinic today to schedule an appointment and find relief from neck pain.
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How will I pay for the treatment for neck pain?
In Colorado, auto insurance companies are required to provide Medical Payment Coverage (Med-Pay). Unless you specifically opted out of this coverage, your insurance company will pay for reasonable medical expenses resulting from an auto accident. This includes chiropractic, spinal rehab and massage treatments. If you or your passengers are hurt, your insurance will help – regardless of which driver was at fault.
Don’t tolerate the pain and discomfort associated with whiplash for even one more day – contact us today at Square ONE, so we can consult with you on a program of treatment which will correct the cause of your symptoms. Our skilled team in Fort Collins is trained in the management of traumatic injuries and have a great deal of experience in treating whiplash. Call us right away and take the first step toward feeling great again.
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Schedule with our Fort Collins Whiplash Injury Clinic today to schedule an exam. We can help you address what to do about neck pain from your whiplash injury.