Auto Injuries

According to the Insurance Research Council, nearly 1/3 of all claimants injured in motor vehicle accidents (MVA's) seek treatment from doctors of chiropractic. This is an impressive number given that the National Safety Council (NSC) has determined there to be more than 12 million MVA's annually involving more than 20 million vehicles.

This also means that 2/3 of all claimants injured in MVA’s never seek care. These types of injuries can be insidious in nature, which means that pain is not always present immediately. Many times pain will occur 2 weeks after an incident or even years later. Emergency rooms typically check for broken bones but do not evaluate for soft tissue injuries.

An insidious soft tissue injury can alter the biomechanics of the spine. Altered biomechanics of the spine is related to the development of arthritis. If this type of injury is left undiagnosed it can lead to serious health concerns later on in life. Studies have shown that altered alignment and biomechanics of the spine are related to higher rates of disability and mortality.2,3

The reason individuals like yourself choose chiropractic care for treatment of injuries sustained in MVA's is simple - chiropractic care is exceptional in the treatment of soft tissue injuries, especially of the spine. Since the most common injuries associated with MVA's are sprains and strains of the spinal muscles and ligaments, it's only natural that chiropractic be the treatment of choice.

Many studies have also found individuals injured in MVA's prefer chiropractic care for the treatment of their injuries. One such study evaluated 190 whiplash injury victims and found those who received chiropractic care reported treatment satisfaction of 100%.1

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• Kado DM, Huang MH, Karlamangla AS, Barett-Connor E, Greeendale GA. Hyperkyphotic posture predicts mortality in older community-dwelling men and women: a prospective study. JAGS 2004;52:1662-7
• Ting Yip CH, Wing Chiu TT, Kuen Poon AT. The relationship between head posture and severity and disability of patients with neck pain. Manual Therapy 2008; 13:148-154

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