It is safe to say that auto accidents are most prevalent during the Holiday months. Well, here we are again! It is also safe to say that there is one type of treatment that is best in the case of whiplash. It is Chiropractic Care! I have been treating injuries of this nature for 37 years, and I have been the best Chiropractor in Mission Viejo taking care of people for over 35 years.
When you are looking for a Chiropractor in Mission Viejo, realize that we are the only ones trained to look for and handle the damage to your back and neck in the most natural, safe, drug-free, and non-invasive manner.
Immediately after the accident, you may feel some neck soreness or stiffness, perhaps accompanied by a headache. But, as time goes by, pain and/or numbness, tingling or that pins-and-needles feeling may develop between the shoulder blades, in the arm, hand, and/or fingers. Over 60% of the time, lower back pain develops as well.
The fact is that your body produces a big shot of Adrenalin during the accident. Part of that is a group of hormones called Endorphins, which by nature work towards minimizing or hiding the pain. So, you may not feel all of your injuries after the accident. It is typical to say that you feel “a little sore” only to have your pain increase as the hormones wear off. It could take days, weeks, or even a couple of months to feel all of the injuries from the effects of a Personal Injury.
Depending on the nerves affected, you may even have ear ringing, dizziness, hearing loss, eye pain, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, nasal problems, lower back pain, and even internal organ problems such as nausea or trouble sleeping. Sometimes, people have memory, thinking, vision, and psychological problems as well, even without a brain injury. This can happen because of the bones in the neck and the only vertebrae that have arteries going up through the bones to supply the base of the brain. Any spinal trauma to the neck from a whiplash-type of injury can affect the blood flow to the brain.
Another dangerous problem is a concussion accompanying whiplash. Those symptoms could include headaches, restlessness, irritability, insomnia, moodiness, depression and emotional “jitters” that may last for hours, days or even months after the accident. As the best Chiropractor in Mission Viejo, I have been called upon to testify in court that I recognized the symptoms of a concussion and referred the patient to a concussion specialist in his health plan, who determined that he had a severe case.
Immediately after the accident, it is important to make sure that you are not experiencing a life-threatening emergency such as broken bones, bleeding or hemorrhage, internal organ damage, serious bruises or abrasions, shock or other damage. This is the job of the ER – Emergency Room specialist. However, because of their limited training in muscular-skeletal injuries, they often just tell the person to go home and rest rather than refer them to a Chiropractor.
This is, unfortunately, a very common mistake. Therefore, it is not unusual for me to see a patient who has had their accident 2 months before but hasn’t really gotten better. In fact, they have actually probably been getting worse as time went on. It is not too late to see the Mission Viejo Chiropractor who can correct the damage from those types of injuries.
It is important to note that Chiropractic Care is the best choice for you as soon as possible after all the Emergency Medical care has been administered. You don’t want to take drugs or have therapy for something that is clearly a problem of misalignment. It would be just like waiting for the pain to go away after you have broken your arm, rather than straightening out the arm and put it in a cast to hold it straight until it fully heals. You must heal in the corrected position or you could have uncorrected problems that go on forever. Why would you want to do that?
The best Chiropractor in Mission Viejo will correct the injuries from the whiplash, and then recommend a corrective plan to make sure the patient is fully healed. It is a known fact that ligaments and tendons that hold muscles and bones in a stable position are always weaker after an accident. They never heal stronger like a broken bone does. That fact makes it extremely important that a follow-up plan is conducted and followed to be sure the spine has reached maximum correction after the injury.
Research shows that if a follow-up treatment is not followed for whiplash patients, rapid arthritis can occur up to 6 times faster. You should never have to tell the story of your chronic pain to your kids or grandkids because you never got fully corrected from that old car accident.
The other key aspect to these types of injuries is in regards to the insurance companies. Even the best Chiropractor in Mission Viejo has the challenge of dealing with the insurance companies because they are constructed to save money rather than pay what is deserving to the victim in the accident.
They will tell you that the other guy has been determined to be at fault and “we will take care of everything”. They give you the impression that they will be easy to work with and get everything you need and deserve since you were not the party at fault. The problem gets created WHEN YOU TALK TO THEM.
Since you don’t feel everything when the accident first happens, they want to talk to you to get your statement as early as possible. They know that you will probably feel more effects of the accident later. So, usually you say something like this in response to their question of how you were hurt. You say, “Well I went to the ER, and they looked at me and said everything is O.K. You just need to go home and rest. I feel a little sore, but not bad. I’m going to give it a little time and I should be fine.” All they heard were the words “a little sore”, “not bad”, “I should be fine”.
Then when the time comes and they are asked to pay your medical bills, they cannot believe you got so much treatment for injuries you said were “not bad”.
You argue that they said they would take care of everything. But they dispute your real need for the care you went out and received, even though you and the doctor knew and could prove that you needed it. That may have to be proven to a jury with a lot of costs and time attached to that procedure.
With all of this as a regular occurrence over the course of the last 37 years of practice for me, I always recommend the use of a legal professional who knows the laws and can communicate to the insurance company for you with your best interest in mind. I am talking about time and money lost going to and from the doctor, a rental car, all of your doctor bills, the follow-up care that you really should get, and all the current and future costs associated with your injuries. And, the accident was not even your fault!
The other advantage of using my services as the best Chiropractor in Mission Viejo is that I don’t do any of that old “popping and cracking”. The adjustments are gentle with only 6 ounces of pressure used to adjust the spine. We also incorporate disc rehabilitation therapy, and hands-on massage therapy to help to get you well and back to normal.
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All the best,
Dr. David C. Manago D. C.
Chiropractor, Mission Viejo 949-364-5656