Do I have whiplash?
If your head
got "whipped" back and forth by the impact, your neck pain and
stiffness may be the result of whiplash. Whiplash can also
cause nausea, headaches, jaw pain, dizziness, mood changes, cognitive
problems, hearing/vision abnormalities and arm or hand symptoms.
My back got bumped, so why does my leg hurt?
A jolt to the spine can cause a lumbar disc to bulge or herniate and press against the sciatic nerve. The resulting leg pain, tingling, muscle weakness and numbness is called sciatica.
I'm experiencing little or no pain following my accident. Why is it so important to get a spinal evaluation?
The immediate shock of the accident can cause symptoms to be delayed. This delayed reaction permits the injury to get even worse before you notice significant pain.
Is your chiropractor the right person to look at my injury?
Dr. Owens is a fully qualified car accident doctor and has been practicing in Bellevue since 1999. Chiropractors in general go through four years of science education in college, followed by four years of postgraduate study, to prepare for situations just like yours.
Why should I see a chiropractor in addition to visiting the hospital?
Hospitals tend to address acute symptoms of an auto accident injury first and foremost, often by prescribing pain relievers or providing emergency care in the case of severe accidents. Chiropractors aid in the rehabilitation and restoration of spinal function while decreasing pain through the process of spinal adjustments or physical therapy modalities.
What is the evaluation like?
We will perform specific tests to determine the cause of the problem. We will also ask you about the details of the accident, your medical history and any symptoms you're currently experiencing. If you're in acute pain, we can proceed with treatment as soon as we've isolated the exact cause. If we need X-rays, we will refer out as necessary.
How do chiropractic adjustments treat an auto accident injury?
Chiropractic adjustments restore normal joint alignment and function in the spinal column. These corrections free trapped nerve tissue to relieve neurological symptoms while also taking stress off of injured muscle groups.
What other methods do you use?
We may recommend a variety of other natural, conservative treatment methods to facilitate your recovery. Myofascial release, for instance, can help relax muscles and relieve spasms. Rehabilitative exercises can help restore muscle tone, flexibility and balance. Kinesio taping can help stabilize and protect the joints.
Will auto insurance pay for my care?
Your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage will pay for your medical expenses, up to the policy limits. If it's proven that the other driver was at fault, the person's insurance might pay for your treatment. We will help you navigate the complex world of auto accident insurance and even refer you to an attorney if needed.