Auto Accident Information
Did you know:
- An auto accident at speeds as slow as 6 mph can cause damage to the neck and back.
- Chiropractic and a specific exercise program have been shown to be the best treatment for patients injured in a motor vehicle accident.
- Chiropractic, massage, and physiotherapy are often 100% covered by auto insurance when you are in a car accident.
As a South Seattle chiropractor, Dr. Frederick has been successfully treating whiplash and soft tissue injuries sustained in automobile accidents for over 20 years. He uses specific chiropractic adjustments, physical therapies, and strengthening exercises to help restore proper motion and re-position individual spinal bones to promote proper healing.
Whiplash is one of the most commonly received injuries from riding in a car that is involved in an accident. Even minor fender benders can produce a permanent injury. When the head is suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its normal limits, muscles and ligaments supporting the spine and head can be overstretched or torn. Vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position, reducing range of motion and discs between spinal bones can bulge, tear, or rupture leading to permanent injury and accelerated degeneration of the spine.
The resulting instability of the spine and soft tissues can result in headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, shoulder, arm and hand pain, reduced ability to turn and bend, and lower back problems.
Other symptoms of whiplash and soft tissue injury:
- Numbness or tingling in any area of the body
- Stiff neck
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty sitting or standing for long periods of time
- Inability to concentrate
If you have even one of the symptoms above, and have been in an accident, you could have a soft tissue injury.
Following an automobile accident, the body attempts to adapt. As a result, symptoms may not appear until weeks or even months later. Pain pills won’t heal inflamed tendons, muscle relaxers won’t heal torn muscles, and cervical collars won’t restore graceful spinal curves. Care from a chiropractor, coupled with a specific exercise program is the best treatment for patients injured in a motor vehicle accident.
Following a motor vehicle accident, you can take the first step toward regaining your health by scheduling a complimentary consultation with Dr. Frederick today.