ABOUT AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT INJURIES:
Whiplash injuries include fresh tears in the body tissues at the joint level:
Whiplash occurs when there is sudden movement of the head backwards, forwards, or sideways, which can cause variable degrees of tearing in the muscles, ligaments, fascia, and other soft tissues in the neck. Because the mechanism of injury involves changes in acceleration of body parts composed of different weight (momentum), it is also clinically common for whiplash injuries to occur in other regions of the spine (midback, lower back) and body. When the body is suddenly jolted back and forth too fast or too far beyond its normal limits, the muscles and ligaments supporting the spine can be overstretched or torn. Common symptoms of this type of strain can be neck stiffness, neck pain, headaches, dizziness, back pain, and shoulder pain. More serious complications such as disc herniation, joint dislocation, and fractures are also possible and should be ruled out by examination and x-ray.
It is essential to choose the right treating doctor for optimum recovery:
When injured in an automobile accident it is important that you choose an appropriate treating doctor that is proficient in the management of these types of injuries, and who provides joint manipulation techniques and teaches you in self-care rehabilitation exercises in order that you optimally heal from your injuries for a better long term prognosis and less permanent residual damage.
The medico-legal aspect of automobile accidents – fault, facts, documentation:
Automobile accidents happen. Driving is a privilege, and we are held responsible for our actions if we are at fault. The issue of fault is often an area of gray and open to litigation. Due to this fact, automobile accidents involving injury enter the medico-legal realm.
It is imperative that your treating doctor be proficient and experienced in dealing with the medico-legal aspects of automobile accidents, provides detailed documentation that supports his/her opinion regarding your injuries, uses sound reasonable treatment protocol supported by the current medical literature, and who is experienced in deposition and court trial testimony.
If you or someone you care about has been in an automobile accident, we encourage you to call for an appointment today.