Auto Accident Treatment
2.4 million people are involved in car accidents injuries every year. Auto accidents are classified as either low velocity (below 10 mph) or high velocity (above 10 mph). In low velocity accidents, the car accidents injuries usually result from the rapid movement of the body during the crash. Common low velocity injuries include whiplash and muscle strains/sprains. More serious-auto accidents injuries usually occur in high velocity collisions due to the fact the victim often experiences a second impact, hitting an object in the vehicle such as the airbag, dashboard or even the windshield.
Typical symptoms that may result are:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Headaches Numbness or tingling Anxiety
Back and neck pain from a car accident can not only be excruciating, but it can be traumatizing as well Especially if not treated properly. That is why at Metro Medic Walk-In we provide our patients who have suffered from a recent car accident injury with the most thorough therapies offers by our Physician and Chiropractor. With Metro Medic Walk-In's walk in policy, you can be seen quickly and be on your way to getting back to your life.
Metro Medic Walk-In is proud to offer many services that are necessary for the effective treatment of an auto accident. With Metro Medic Walk-In on-site X-ray imaging capabilities we will be able to quickly evaluate the areas of concern. Our state of the art procedure room allows the physicians and staff to be able to treat lacerations and burns. We can have your wounds cleaned, dressed and treated and have you on your way to a rapid recovery. We have the tools to be able to diagnose your ailments quickly.
So you've been in a fender bender..what comes next?
Call 911 and report the accident to the police and ask for rescue if necessary.
Call your insurance company and report the accident to set up a claim.
Make sure that you get the auto insurance information for the other person that in involved in the auto accident.
If ambulance is not needed and after meeting with police, come to Metro Medic Walk-In for immediate treatment.
What about continued treatment and referrals? Metro Medic Walk-In maintains close relationships with local specialists which include: orthopedics, neurosurgeons, spine specialists, physical therapists and chiropractors. If an x-ray was taken at Metro Medic Walk-In we can email the x-rays to your specialist.
Helpful Checklist if you are in an Automobile Accident
This Checklist will explain exactly what to do if you are involved in an automobile accident. It is important that you immediately come to the office so we can evaluate the extent of your injuries and prescribe a treatment plan to accelerate your recovery.
CRASH FACTS YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN
Threshold for cervical spine soft tissue injury is 5 mph. Most injuries occur at speeds below 12 mph. A 5 mph delta V Crash typically produces 10-12 g of acceleration of the victims head. Other studies show that most rear impact injuries occur at speeds of 6 mph to 12 mph (majority below threshold for property damage to vehicle). Delayed onset of symptoms has shown to be more common. 1.99 million Americans are injured in whiplash accidents each year.
HOW WE TREAT WHIPLASH AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
Even though the car may have received little damage, occupants can suffer serious spinal injury. Injuries to the neck caused by the sudden movement of head, backward, forward, or sideways, are referred to as "whiplash". Whiplash is most commonly received from riding in a car that is struck from behind or collides with another object. When the head is suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its normal limits, the muscles and ligaments supporting the spine and head can be overstretched or tom. The soft, pulpy discs between spinal bones can bulge, tear or rupture. Vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position, reducing range of motion. The spine cord and nerve roots in the neck can get stretched and irritated. While the occupants can suffer considerable soft tissue injury, the car may be only slightly damaged.
After a thorough case history and examination, our doctor will recommend a series of visits to help restore proper motion and position of spinal bones. If caught early enough, inflammation can be reduced and scar tissue can often be minimized.
The following lists the most common whiplash symptoms as well as their race of occurrence. If you experience any of these symptoms, play it safe and get a check up immediately.
- Neck pain or stiffness 92% Headache 57%
- Fatigue 56%
- Shoulder pain 49%
- Anxiety 44%
- Pain between shoulders 42% Low back pain 39%
- Sleep disturbance 39% Sensitivity to noise 29% Difficulty concentrating 26% Blurred vision 21% Irritability 21%
- Difficulty swallowing 16% Dizziness 15% Forgetfulness 15%
- Upper limb pain 12%
- Upper limb weakness 6% Ringing in the ears 4%
- Pain in the jaw or face 4%