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Auto Accidents

Automobile accident

Don’t be misled by the minimal damage to your car. People react much differently than glass, plastic and metal!

It started with a routine trip to the store, or on your way to work.  Suddenly you hear a screeching of tires and the harsh sound of metal hitting metal. In the split second before you can brace yourself, you feel your car moving from some unseen force!    Your day may be ruined, but don’t let things go from a bad day to terrible life with ignoring your body after a collision.

Regardless of who’s at fault, the most important first step is getting your health back on track, Dr. Black has helped patients suffering from accidents since, 1999 and his expertise in evaluating spinal injury and other soft tissue injuries is vast! !   Dr. Black’s main objective is getting you well, quickly, safely, and comfortably!

You may have hidden damage to your spine!  Get checked!

It’s tempting to minimize your own injuries because your car has sustained little or no damage. Research shows that occupants can be injured considerably more than what you’d expect from a dented fender or a broken taillight.  Your property damage is not a good indicator of how much physical damage your body has sustained.

The most common complaints fall into two categories:

1) Immediate symptoms: Neck or Back pain, numbness in hands or legs, disorientation, anger, feelings of overwhelm, and headaches.

2) Delayed symptoms: More often than not the symptoms begin days later!   Often alignment changes in the spine that can irritate your spinal cord, nerves, discs and soft tissues of the spine will appear days later!   As such my best advice is to get checked out, with a thorough neuro-spinal exam, to make sure all injuries are addressed, not only the ones you feel initially.

The Medical Solution

If you visit the emergency room, you may be given a clean bill of health because you don’t have any broken bones!  You might even get a prescription to reduce the muscle spasms and pain caused by structural changes in your neck or lower back affecting spinal alignment.  These powerful drugs only cover up the underlying issues, it’s equally important to follow up with a detailed consultation, and a customized Functional exam with Dr. Black, to rule out damage to your delicate spinal cord, nerves, discs, and soft tissue (muscles and ligaments) that can  prevent you from returning to health, and impair your quality of life!  .

After what you’ve been through, you’ll need a health professional that truly understands spinal injury and associated soft tissue injuries, that offers a natural and corrective approach to spinal injury an associated soft tissue, with proved corrective care . Call our practice.

We Can Help

Whether it was a little incident in the parking lot, or two cars attempting to occupy the same space in an intersection, you need people who know how to work with lawyers and insurance companies.

If you’ve been in a car accident, give us a call. We’ve been through this many times. Not only can we usually offer drug-free care, we can help put this behind you once and for all.

Common Questions

  • Why do I have pain in my arms and hands?
    Because the nerves to the arms and hands exit the spine through the injured area of the neck, numbness and tingling are common. Even lower back pain can result directly from the trauma, or as a reaction to the loss of proper spinal curves.
  • Why did my headaches start more than a week after my accident?
    Whether you’ve been in an accident, stressed at work, or over-exerted yourself in the garden, your body is constantly adapting to the environment. When your capacity to adapt is exhausted, symptoms can appear. This can take days, weeks, months or years to occur.
  • Will I ever be normal again?
    Many chiropractic patients report improved spinal function and a reduction of their symptoms. Those who delay seeking appropriate care often discover that scar tissue and long-standing spinal instability increases the recovery period.

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Whiplash

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Even a minor fender bender can produce a whiplash injury.

You’re waiting at a stoplight. The sound of screeching tires is followed by the harsh sound of metal hitting metal. Your car is suddenly being pushed forward!

You’re being rear-ended!

In a split second, your body is pushed against your seat. Your head, isolated by your neck, delays its reaction.

Then, your body changes directions, moving forward to the limits of your seatbelt. Then your head is snapped backwards! You can’t stop it.

Even a minor fender bender can produce a whiplash injury. It may take a day or two, or sometimes months for symptoms to appear. Now what?

Get to our practice for an examination!

Specific chiropractic spinal adjustments, because they can help restore proper motion and position of individual spinal bones, can help promote proper healing.

The longer you wait the more unseen damage there is and the longer it seems to take to recover.


Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Why do I have pain in my arms and hands?
    Because the nerves to the arms and hands exit the spine through the injured area of the neck, numbness and tingling are common. Even lower back pain can result directly from the trauma, or as a reaction to the loss of proper spinal curves.
  • Why did my headaches start more than a week after my accident?
    Whether you’ve been in an accident, stressed at work, or over-exerted yourself in the garden, your body is constantly adapting to the environment. When your capacity to adapt is exhausted, symptoms can appear. This can take days, weeks, months or years to occur.
  • Why do minor collisions cause so much trauma to the spine?
    Without getting into the laws of physics, the simple explanation is that in a more forceful automobile accident, the car itself absorbs much of the energy. In the more common parking lot “fender benders”, the energy is more directly transferred to the driver and passengers.
  • Can I prevent a whiplash injury?
    Since car accidents are the major cause of whiplash injuries, defensive driving skills can help. Be sure your taillights and turn signals are properly working. Allow enough stopping distance in front of you. When you slow down or stop, always check your rear view mirror to see if the driver behind you is paying attention.