Regardless of the amount of vehicle damage, we know from experience that even the smallest of collisions can cause whiplash and injury. We also know that most people involved in auto accidents do not get a thorough evaluation for ligament and spinal joint injuries, which can be present with and without symptoms.
As a service to our community, there is no charge for a consultation. In most cases, diagnosis and treatment of your injuries will be covered by your auto insurance policy or that of the insurance policy of the at fault vehicle, with no out-of-pocket cost to you. So please call us today at 317-774-2998 to know for sure the extent of your injuries and options to regain your health.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions and answers:
How do you diagnose auto accident injuries?
Comprehensive Exam – This is done to determine to determine the following: what spinal joints may be injured, directs what other exams may be necessary, what other medical professionals that may need to be involved, and used in conjunction with other tests to produce a complete clinical evaluation.
X-rays – Our office takes the recommended x-rays to aid in the diagnosis of subluxations or misalignments of the spinal joints that often occur in whiplash injuries, as well as to rule out fractures or other contraindications that may require more invasive diagnosis and treatment. These x-rays are also used to determine how to specifically treat the patient. Additionally, stress x-rays are taken to determine whether the person has ligamentous damage, which can cause permanent misalignment and dysfunction of spinal joints.
Dynamic Surface Electromyography – This is a non-invasive, highly objective test that measures how the nerves and muscles are functioning during normal movements of the spine. It is used in the initial evaluation and at progress exams to determine if continued treatment is necessary or maximum improvement has been achieved.
MRI – If the patient is not responding to conservative treatment and/or x-ray analysis suggests intervertebral disc damage, the patient will be referred out for an MRI to establish the extent of damage and help to determine other potential recommendations for treatment.
What if I went to the hospital or Med-Check and was released?
At the hospital, the primary priority is to discover if there are any major medical issues, like fractures or internal bleeding. After major medical issues have been ruled out, often the patient is given medication for pain and inflammation and recommended to follow-up with their primary physician if they continue to have any symptoms. The patient often thinks that this means that they are fine and that with time everything will go back to normal. So many times the proper x-rays and examination for ligament damage and joint dysfunction is not done. Therefore, it is important to go to a physician trained in whiplash diagnosis and treatment.
What are the Warning Signs or Symptoms of Whiplash?
If you have been injured in an auto accident, you may be suffering from any of the following symptoms that are common with a whiplash type injury that occurs in auto accidents.
DON’T IGNORE THE WARNING SIGNS!
- Headaches / Migraines
- Neck Pain
- TMJ Pain
- Muscle Spasms
- Joint Pain
- Extremity Pain
- Back Pain
What treatment is required?
Depending on what is discovered from the exam and x-rays the following treatments and rationale may be recommended.
Chiropractic Care – Chiropractic is one of the most conservative and minimally invasive options for the treatment of musculoskeletal and joint conditions. If spinal joint dysfunction is improved and stabilized, conditions/symptoms routinely improve and delay or prevent the need for more invasive and costly medical treatment.
In Office Therapy – This includes ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, intersegmental traction, and ice/heat. The goal of these options is to help in the healing of the soft tissues that surround and attach to the injured joints.
Active Therapy – This includes both in-office and at home rehab specific to the patient’s needs.
Pain relief Injections – Our medical team will help evaluate the necessity and type of injections geared toward decreasing inflammation and pain relief.
Neck / Back bracing –Specific support devices and traction devices can be fitted for home/work use to give support and relief during the recovery process.
Vertebral Axial Decompression – This is a good conservative option for the treatment of herniated/bulging discs and facet joint dysfunction.
What are the consequences of not getting proper and timely treatment?
When ligaments are injured their function of keeping the spinal joints aligned and working properly is changed. The majority of healing to the torn and damaged ligaments occurs in the first few months up to year. If ligaments heal with spinal joints