Car Accident Victims

Auto Accident Injuries

Dealing with the problems that arise after an automobile accident can be extremely stressful. First and foremost are your injuries, then there are the insurance and legal issues, not to mention the stress associated with car repair. A common mistake following an automobile accident is to settle your case with your insurance company before having been evaluated by a doctor trained in soft tissue injuries.

Most people are not aware that some injuries are hidden and are seldom detected for months or even years after the accident. Once you settle your case, you lose the right to have your insurance company pay for treatment if you need it. A good rule of thumb is to be informed of your rights and then make a decision. It is our position that if you were injured, you should receive the care you need to get you back to the way you felt and functioned prior to your accident.

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash usually occurs when the head and neck are unexpectedly or suddenly thrown very quickly in one direction and then rebound in the opposite direction. You might say the head is “whipped” forward and backwards. In an automobile rear-end injury the first thing that occurs is the body is thrown forwards but the head is thrown backwards and the neck is hyperextended. A whiplash can also result from the sudden stopping of a car where the body remains fairly in place but the head and neck are thrown forwards into hyperflexion.

An individual who has been in an accident should first make sure that there are no life threatening emergencies. Once that has been ruled out, since any kind of accident or trauma may (and usually does) cause spinal subluxations (the vertebrae being out of alignment and “pinching” or interfering with the nerves), and since most medical doctors are not trained to locate or correct subluxations, the individual would be well advised to have a chiropractic examination. No amount of painkillers, muscle relaxers or physical therapy can re-align the vertebrae and relieve the nervous system and skeletal system from pressure. What is needed is a chiropractic adjustment to realign the spinal column safely and easily.

How Whiplash Occurs

Some of the more common symptoms following an auto accident that respond favorably to chiropractic care include:

  • Muscle spasm and stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Back pain
  • Pain, numbness and/or tingling in the arms or legs
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating

Of greater concern is that you may be injured and feel nothing at all! At Berglund Chiropractic & Wellness, we specialize in the analysis and correction of spinal bio-mechanical injuries which often occur following an automobile accident and can lead to unnecessary pain and suffering in the future.

We Can Help!

If you’ve been involved in an automobile accident, we’re here to help. Following a complete diagnostic work-up, a treatment program designed to get you back to pre-injury status – feeling great and fully recovered – will be recommended. We have professional relationships with many attorneys and medical doctors in the immediate area. If you need legal or medical assistance, we will either work with your attorney and/or doctor, or, we can make a recommendation if necessary.

As always, we will process all necessary paperwork with your insurance company and will provide your attorney with all required reports. No insurance, no problem… we will work with your attorney and wait to receive payment upon settlement of your case.