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Auto Accidents

Automobile accident

Don’t be misled by the minimal damage to your car. People react much differently than glass, plastic and metal!

You were sitting at an intersection and suddenly you look in your rear view mirror just as a car behind you skids into the back of your car. You didn’t realize it at the time but that split second just before the slow impact you brace yourself, tightening your neck, shoulders and back.

Hidden Damage

It’s tempting to minimize your injuries because your car has sustained little or no damage. You will be asked by the police at the accident scene if you are alright and in many cases you will be shaken but not experiencing a lot of pain. Research shows that occupants can be injured considerably more than what you’d expect from a dented fender or a broken taillight.

The Family Doctor or Emergency Room

If you visit the emergency room, x-rays may be taken and you may be sent home or advised to see your family doctor (general practitioner-G.P.) because you don’t have any broken bones. You might get a prescription to reduce the muscle spasms caused by structural changes in your neck or back. If you do see your G.P. they may recommend physiotherapy, chiropractic or massage therapy. (You don’t need to see your G.P. first as they have limited tools to correct structural and soft tissue injuries. And you don’t need a referral to see a physiotherapist or chiropractor). When we see you at our office we carefully assess your condition and provide treatment options because we deal with physiotherapists and massage therapists specializing in soft tissue injuries.

After what you’ve been through, you’ll need a health professional that truly understands soft tissue injuries, spinal biomechanics and rehabilitation strategies. Call our practice.

We Can Help

Whether it was a little incident in the parking lot, or two cars attempting to occupy the same space in an intersection, you need people who know how to work with lawyers and insurance companies.

If you’ve been in a car accident, give us a call. We’ve been through this many times. Not only can we usually offer drug-free care, we can give you the correct treatment that will prevent it from relapsing or becoming a chronic condition.

Common Questions

  • Why do I have pain in my arms and hands?
    Because the nerves to the arms and hands exit the spine through the injured area of the neck, numbness and tingling are common. Even lower back pain can result directly from the trauma, or as a reaction to the loss of proper spinal curves.
  • Why did my headaches start more than a week after my accident?
    Whether you’ve been in an accident, stressed at work, or over-exerted yourself in the garden, your body is constantly adapting to the environment. When your capacity to adapt is exhausted, symptoms can appear. This can take days, weeks, months or years to occur.
  • Will I ever be normal again?
    Many chiropractic patients report improved spinal function and a reduction of their symptoms. Those who delay seeking appropriate care often discover that scar tissue and long-standing spinal instability increases the recovery period.