On my way into work this morning I noticed, and heard the car in front of me tailgating and honking at the car in front of him. We were on a two lane stretch of residential road where the speed limit was 35 miles per hour and there are plenty of school buses and children around. As far as I could tell the car that the driver was honking ats only problem was that they were going the speed limit (which obviously was too slow for the guy in front of me). As he was throwing up his hands in frustration he whipped his car around and passed the driver in front of him. Thankfully no one was injured, but this is something I see more and more often as a cause of car accidents...impatience and being in a hurry.
Being late for work does not justify putting other people and yourself in danger. Use these simple tips to avoid a car accident.
1. Leave yourself plenty of time to get to where you are going
2. Use http://www.navbug.com/washington/bellevue_traffic.htm to check traffic conditions that may slow you down.
3. Use your smart phone to find alternate routes if you get frustrated with sitting in traffic
4. Take a deep breath!
One of the most common accidents that I see here in Bellevue as an accident doctor is the "rear end crash". Below is a great video by CNET on how to better avoid these types of accidents.
Largest BlueCross/Blue Shield Study of it Kind---Over Ten Years it Shows Regular Chiropractic Care Would Reduce Overall Healthcare Costs By 50%
This ground breaking study has massive implications in general health care as well as car accident injury's. Done in 2007, and can be summed up with this statement, "“My research, conducted over a ten-year period utilizing clinical and cost outcomes data from one of the nation’s largest insurance underwriters, suggest that the regular utilization of chiropractic could reduce the need for hospitalization, pharmaceutical usage and overall global health care costs by almost 50 percent.”
All too often the thing we think about first after an auto accident is our car, but the damage to your body may be far worse.
Many of my patients are surprised to find themselves in pain days, weeks or even months after having had a car accident.. Obviously, if you have been in a major accident, go directly to the E.R. so you can be treated for cuts, organ damage, broken bones or other serious trauma's. After any life-threatening emergencies have been treated, it is a good idea to visit a chiropractor.
As a Chiropractor I am skilled in addressing the dysfunctions in the musculoskeletal system that so often happen after being involved in an car accident, especially any misaligned bones. The injury suffered in the neck following a crash can be quite bad, even resulting in postconcussion syndrome and what we call TBI's, or traumatic brain injury's, that may keep you from fully healing. An auto accident can pinch nerves and cause damage to your bones, tendons and ligaments supporting the spine.
The most common condition that I treat as a chiropractor following a car accident is what is called cervical acceleration/deceleration injury's, more commonly known as whiplash. Whiplash from being rear-ended can cause a great amount of chronic, ongoing pain. Though the introduction of seat belts has helped save lives, it can contribute to these types of whiplash injury's. When hit from behind, the seat belt keeps your body from being hurled forward, though, there is no such restraint on your head. What first happens is that your chest, while being supported by the back of your seat, jolts forward, but your unsupported head and neck snaps back. This can cause the neck to go too far back, well beyond its normal capacity, tearing the muscles and ligaments in the front of your neck. Then when your car stops moving your body is flung forward, restrained by your safety belt, but there is nothing to keep your head and neck from being sent forward, injuring the muscles and ligaments in the back of your neck and head.
You may not feel much immediately after a car accident, but do not let that fool you that you have not been injured. This is most likely because your body's natural pain-killing endorphins, like adrenalin, are released when you are injured, masking any pain. You may later experience neck pain, headaches, dizziness or pain radiating into the shoulder and down into your arms or hands.
Many of my patients have experienced relief and stability after an caraccident from headaches, lower back pain, neck pain and even jaw pain. A study in the Journal of Orthopedic Medicine found that 93% of people suffering from pain and symptoms of chronic whiplash experienced improvement under chiropractic care. Chiropractic has been shown to be extremely effective in helping with pain after a car accident and lowering the likelihood of it becoming a long term problem.
by Ryan Pauley,
Many individuals who have been involved in car accidents visit a chiropractor to help treat their injuries. In fact, the majority of my clients have seen the most progress from this form of treatment.
I’ve met with a few chiropractors and found there are at least two forms of common treatment: traditional and Pro Adjuster. Traditional chiropractic treatment is the most common and consists of physical adjustments to the spine. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce vertebral subluxation which is a condition that occurs as a result of a misaligned spinal segment.
Like traditional chiropractic, Pro Adjuster also treats vertebral subluxation. The Pro Adjuster is a tool which the doctor applies to specific areas of the body to determine what areas to treat. After determining the treatment area, the Pro Adjuster tool than applies pressure to that area to increase the mobility of the spinal segments. The Pro Adjuster differs from traditional chiropractic because instead of relying on the doctor’s judgment as to what areas are damaged, the Pro Adjuster measures precise levels of damage and then treats accordingly.
From a practical perspective it seems that the Pro Adjuster would appeal to individuals who are skeptical of physical adjustments. Because the Pro Adjuster tool applies pressure only to a limited area there are no major adjustments which the chiropractor must make when treating the patient.
Personally, I haven’t experienced Pro Adjuster treatment, but the next time I visit my chiropractor I am going to give it a shot.
To learn more about Pro Adjuster please see the following link:http://www.proadjusterlifestyle.com/index.php?do=chiropractic#section1.
To read more about Ryan Pauley and his law group, The Pauley Law Group visit http://www.pauleylawgroup.com/
Intense pain in the back can be due to a number of causes, one that we see quite often here at Bellevue Whiplash Center, at Back in Action Chiropractic is because of car accidents. Yes, thats right, car accidents can injure more than JUST your neck! It’s actually quite easy to have your back injured in an auto accident. The injury usually is a sprain or strain to the tendons, muscles and ligaments that support your back.
Weak, injured muscles due to the accident may suddenly go into spasm from performing the simplest movements. If the discs of your low back, muscles and ligaments can become unbalanced, and it can lead to a misalignment in your spine and create the perfect conditions for acute back pain.
Chiropractic therapy again and again has been proven to be an effective treatment for reducing acute back pain due to injury, and does it in a very safe and cost-effective way. Conventional medical treatment for back pain has not been shown as successful. The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, an organization sponsored by the federal government, recommended that people with low back pain first seek treatment using spinal adjustments, as it is safe, effective and does not require drugs.
A study published in the December 2010 issue of The Spine Journal found that patients who were suffering from acute lower back pain had positive results after treatment with chiropractic manipulation, as opposed to no improvement in the control group who were treated with pain medication and physical therapy. The researchers reported that after 16 weeks, “78% of patients in the UC [conventional treatment] group were still taking narcotic analgesic medications on either a daily or as needed basis.” And that “treatment including CSMT [chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy] is associated with significantly greater improvement in condition-specific functioning.”
If you have been in a car accident and find that your low back is in pain, find a chiropractor to assess your injury's and implement an appropriate treatment plan.
One of the main injury's that I treat hear in my practice, Bellevue Whiplash Center at Back in Action Chiropractic, is whiplash to the neck following car accidents. Quite often I get asked about these injury's and what is wrong. Its important to understand your neck and how it is laid out to best understand whiplash injury's
Your spine is divided into three parts. These three parts are the cervical (upper) spine, the thoracic (middle) spine, and the lumbar (lower) spine. Of these sections, the cervical spine consists of the seven bones, or vertebrae (referenced as C1-C7, with C1 located at the very top). The thoracic spine has twelve vertebrae (T1-T12) and the lumbar five (L1-L5).
The cervical spine is the first part of your spine to hold the weight of the skull, and is also responsible for allowing you to turn, tip, and bend your head and neck. The cervical bones are considerably smaller than the rest of the spinal bones. The mid back and low back are much less flexible than the neck, as the lumbar spine is built more for support than to provide a ton of motion. While being able to freely move the head and neck is vital for human survival, it does leave these smaller more fragile bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and discs prone to injuries such as whiplash.
The first bone in the neck is referred to as C1, and is the uppermost vertebra of the spinal column. This bone is also known as the atlas, since the weight of the skull rests upon it. C2 is called the axis, and it is the pivot on which the atlas vertebra turns, allowing you to turn your head from side to side. Nodding of the head happens between the bones of C1 and base of the skull. .
The next four bones in the neck, C3 to C6, are relatively the same in size and structure being wider than they are long, and having two bones which meet to form what's called the spinous process at the back of your neck (this is the little bump you can feel in the back of your neck). All of these bones are connected with a joint, and a series of ligaments.
C7 is referred to as the vertebral prominens as it has a considerably longer spinous process. This area of the neck is highly
Each of the first six bones in the neck has a hole, called a foramen, in each of the side of the bone, which blood vessels and bundles of nerves are able to travel to and from your brain.
A basic anatomy lesson now orient's you with some of the potential areas that can by injured in a car accident. Hopefully now you can better understand some of the wonderful information that is available, both here on www.bellevuewhiplash.com and across the internet.
I hear the following statement, or some semblance of it almost on a daily basis, "I was so afraid to come in and see you because I was afraid you would 'pop' me, and it would hurt, but I was so amazed that not only did you not pop me, it did not hurt!" So what makes us different here at Bellevue Whiplash Center, at Back in Action Chiropractic? We use technology to help us fix your neck and back which allows use to be very gentle with our adjustments.
Our chiropractic adjustments are to help the joints and ligaments of your spine heal following a motor vehicle accident. The purpose is to improve your body’s functioning and alleviate pain.
Adjustments, especially for car accidents, are most commonly made to joints in your back, and neck, but also if you have injury's to other parts of your body we may treat other parts of the body, such as the shoulders, knees, wrists, or ankles.
Chiropractic has been shown to help with not only whiplash injury's and back pain, but conditions such as:
• Neck, back, shoulder, arm, hand, chest, leg, or foot pain and stiffness
• Sports injuries
• Repetitive strain disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome
If chiropractic is new to you, you may have a bit of a hard time relaxing on your first visit, and this is nothing to worry about, as we will slowly explain everything we are doing and work with you. As you get used to the procedures you should find that it is relaxing, and you may feel relief and a sense of well-being after the adjustment.
After your first treatment, you may feel some soreness or aching in the muscles or joints. If it occurs, this kind of discomfort usually mimics the soreness that you may feel after a vigorous exercise routine. It should not last longer than 24 hours. Typically an ice pack on the affected area of soreness in this case should help reduce the soreness and help you recover quickly.
If you have been involved in a Bellevue auto accident, be sure you choose a board-certified chiropractor with good patient references. An experienced, competent practitioner will be able to give you the most effective treatment possible with the least amount of discomfort.
Chiropractic Adjustment: What you can Expect. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chiropractic-adjustment/MY01107
Reactions Following a Chiropractic Adjustment. http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/chiropractic/reactions-following-a-chiropractic-adjustment
Car accidents can lead to a host of injury's to the human body. Our current understanding of car accident injury's is that the ligaments of the spine are most damaged during these collisions. Monohar Panjabi is one of the foremost authorities on these types of injury's and what they do to the human body. Below is an article he wrote on this subject. This understanding of the car accident injury, also validates why chiropractic patients respond so favorably following a car accident.
In our last blog post we talked about the first step to take if your are involved in a car accident in Bellevue, WA. In today's post we are going to walk through the second step you want to take.
2. Make sure everyone in your car is OK, then make sure the other driver is OK, then call the police.
Car accidents, especially on the busy streets and highways of Bellevue, can be VERY dangerous things. Head injury's, broken bones, cuts, and a whole host of other injury's can occur during a car accident. Because of this you want to make sure that everyone is OK and does not need any special attention for their injury's. Make sure that no one passed out, or hit their heads and that no one is bleeding. Once you have secured your own car, go and check on the other drivers involved, and ask them the same questions. If someone is seriously hurt make sure to call 911 and stay with them until help arrives.
If everyone is OK, the next thing you need to do is get all cars off to the side of the road as to avoid another collision and call the police. Most experts will agree that if there is any damage or any injury's that an officer needs to take account for what happened and file a report. As a physician I get to hear a lot of story's about different kinds of accidents and recently I have seen a ton of drunk driver accidents and in each situation the drunk driver has asked my patient to not call the police. Another reason that a driver may ask you to not call the police is that they say that they will pay you out of pocket to fix your car or your injury's. Even if you are approached and asked to not call the police it is very important that you still do.
You never know how things will turn out or what story's may be told in the future and for this reason a police report is vital. Also if there are any injuries that need to be dealt with or an unsafe accident scene that could harm your safety a policeman or highway patrol can help manage the accident scene.
If you are involved in a Bellevue car accident please make sure everyone is OK, then call the police. In our next blog post we will be discussing step 3 to take following an accident which is to contact your insurance company.
Dr. Michael Weir is the clinic director at Bellevue Whiplash Center at Back in Action Chiropractic. We will also be hosting a variety of relevant guest bloggers to help you understand your injuries better.