In Case of a Crash: Call 911, Your Family and the… Chiropractor?

By Doctor of Chiropractic Dennis Mutell

Shrieking tires, shattering glass, crunching metal…on average, 11 car crashes occur every second in the U.S.  Half of those accidents result in injury, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

When (not if) an accident occurs, breathe.  Your adrenaline and heart rate will elevate.  Your focus distorts, your thoughts tangle and fear and frustration overwhelm your senses.  Stay calm and check for injuries.  Assess your situation, then call 9-1-1 or the local police department—yes, for minor accidents too.

11 car crashes occur every second in the U.S.  Half of those accidents result in injury, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Why Seek Medical Treatment? 

While you may not need emergency treatment at the scene of the crash, medical attention concerns your very wellbeing. A chiropractor is especially adept at detecting and treating soft tissue injuries, which often don’t induce pain until hours, sometimes days later. 

Areas of the body especially vulnerable in a car crash include: 

Neck-
Whiplash is a common injury rendering the neck stiff and painful.  Symptoms may take some time to appear which is another reason to visit the chiropractor as soon as possible.

Head
Concussions and head trauma are also common and hard to detect on your own.

Spine-
The central support column of the body protects bundles of nerves easily agitated from the force of a collision.

Back-
Housing vertebrae, discs and muscles, the back absorbs much of the impact of a crash.  Back injuries left untreated lead to debilitation and long-term pain.

Why Use a Chiropractor?

According to a Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic report, more than 35 million Americans visit the chiropractor each year with 95 percent of patients touting effectiveness of their visits.  Chiropractors specialize in diagnosing and treating alignment issues caused by automobile accidents, sports injuries and bad posture.

The best chiropractors stay abreast of trending treatments, provide patient testimonials and often have direct access to imaging equipment like an X-ray machine.  Following an accident, choose an experienced chiropractor who knows and helps with the insurance claims process.  Some doctors can even refer you to quality, area attorneys who handle car accident cases.

To schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Mutell, call Health & Wellness Solutions at (985) 875-2225. 

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