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If you have been involved in a car accident chances are that you suffered a whiplash" type injury, and you may have suffered some permanent damage. Whiplash Symptoms often take weeks to months to show up and by that time scar tissue is already forming. Many car accident patients suffer from; neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, arm pain, even low back pain.
First and foremost I just want to say that we can help.
We Listen - As one of the leading chiropractors in the county for car accidents, I believe you will find that our office really is different. For starters, we listen. I mean really listen. So many Doctors do not take the time to listen to their patients. That is why we offer a free consultation. That gives us a chance to sit down with you and really find out what your needs are.
We Care- I have been in several car accident myself. One of which I am sure that I survived only by the Grace of God. It was this accident that God used to change the direction of my life and send me to chiropractic college. I believe this gives me a very special ability to understand what you are going through. Whiplash hurts. The headaches, neck pain, arm pain and even low back pain are real. I know.
We Get Results- At Barton Chiropractic in Concord, we utilize the latest techniques as well as some of the oldest and most trusted ones. Gentle Pain relief really is just a phone call away. Over the past 26 years of practice, I have developed what I believe is the most effective, and gentle chiropractic care available. When you have been injured and are in pain, and I have, the last thing you want is to feel more pain! Our primary adjusting technique is the "Gonstead Technique". In my oppinion it is one of the only techniques with the specificity to correct the structural abnormalities that result from whiplash type injuries.
I believe that these are just some of the reasons that Attorneys from all over the state of California refer their car accident clients to our office.
So call 925 685-2002 and schedule a free consultation with one of our doctors today .
Whiplash Causes Permanent Damage!
I Thought It Would Go Away! I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have heard this. To me this is like driving down the freeway and your engine oil light comes on and you keep driving waiting to see if it will go away. You were injured. Your body was damaged just like your car. You need to have it fixed. Too often patients wait a year or two until they can not stand the pain by then the problem is usually much worst.
Effects of Improper Treatment on Car Accident Injuries
Improper treatment of whiplash injuries and all soft tissue injuries is a factor in a large percentage of the patient's that finally present themselves to our clinic. Most MD's and DO's prescribe muscle relaxors, pain medications, and anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS). These drugs do nothing to correct the problem and only cover up the symptoms.
Don't Take Unnecessary Chances
In whiplash injuries, ligaments, muscles and joints are stretched and torn. The bones in your spine can be moved out of their original positions. When this happens, the nerves become compressed and cause pain. Without proper care, the injury can progressively grow worse, because the neck vertebrate are now unstable and disc decay can form. Your ligaments and other soft tissues can heal with scar tissue, and your vertebrate may heal in the wrong positions, creating long-term instability and weakness. This is a permanent condition known as fibrosis, the pain is real and can last a lifetime. Car Accidents cause injuries. Don't fool yourself.
The Good News!
The good news is that Barton Chiropractic has proven to be very effective in helping most whiplash victims identify and treat their whiplash injuries - without drugs or surgery.
No conventional medical treatment has proven to be as effective as chiropractic for whiplash resulting from a car accident.
A study by Woodward, Cook, Gargan and Bannister found 93% of patients under chiropractic care for whiplash injuries had improved. They further stated"....." No conventional medical treatment has proven to be as effective as chiropractic."
Slow Impact Whiplash can fool you!
If your car accident seemed minor because of slow speeds or little damage to your vehicle, that doesn't mean injury did not occur. It can be a time of great concern.
Independent studies show that your body can violently move back and forth 6 to 10 times the speed your car was going at time of impact. In other words, a 5-10 mph crash, your neck can move at 50 to 100 miles per hour! This is how G force can cause serious injuries at even low speeds. At Barton Chiropractic our doctors are experts at detecting and correcting injuries resulting from car accidents.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Whiplash symptoms can include neck pain and stiffness, shoulder pain, headaches, back pain, arm pain, numbness or tingling in your fingers, dizziness or lightheadedness, mid back pain, low back pain, numbness or tingling down your legs. Whiplash may also produce facial pain, ringing in the ears or hearing loss, vertigo, blurred vision, or even hoarseness. Whiplash is real and painful. You may experience one or many of the above symptoms. Each person is unique in their injuries.
The Problem With Whiplash
The problem with whiplash is that very few doctors truly understand it. Well meaning emergency room physicians, general medical doctors and physical therapists do not appreciate the extent of the pain and injuries of whiplash accident victims. The end result is these people are often provided inadequate treatment to care for their injuries. Don't let this happen to you. The doctors at Barton Chiropractic truly understand the pain you are going through.
Whiplash Injuries Can Remain Hidden For Weeks Or Months
Because of the body's ability to adapt to injury, some whiplash injuries can remain hidden for weeks or months before pain or other symptoms surface. By the time symptoms surface, many people have already signed their rights to treatment away. It is no secret that insurance companies may not have your best interest in mind and attempt to get you to prematurely settle your claim so they can pay you as little as possible. Their concern is not your health. Don't let this happen to you. Preserve your rights to receive the treatment you need. Do not sign anything until you have been thoroughly checked by a doctor that specializes in car injury trauma, like Barton Chiropractic.
Chiropractic is the most appropriate approach to these types of injuries. The Doctors at Barton Chiropractic utilizes specific spinal Adjustments to help normalize spinal function. This is absolutely crucial in the beginning phases of healing to bring back proper motion, but also very important to return the functional joint motion. This usually requires 2-3 months of chiropractic care. Chiropractic care allows the soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, and tendons) to heal most effectively with minimal scar tissue.
THE 3 PHASES OF HEALING
There are 3 phases of healing that our bodies must undergo in any type of injury and chiropractic combined with physiotherapy is the most effect approach to all soft tissue injuries:
1) Acute Inflammatory Phase usually lasts 24 to 72 hours and ice (Cryotherapy) and correction is essential during this phase.
2) Regeneration Phase begins around 3 to 5 days post injury and can last up to 3-6 months. Chiropractic care combined with passive modalities is crucial to achieve maximum improvement of joint function during this phase of healing. This is when damaged tissue is replaced by new tissue (Collagen). Mobilization to the injured joints (chiropractic care) is essential to proper healing during this phase of care.
3) Remodeling Phase begins about 2 to 4 weeks after the injury and can last longer than 1 year in very severe cases. Remodeling is when new tissue (Collagen) begins and continues to strengthens. Always remember chiropractic first, medicine (drugs) and physiotherapy second, and surgery last.
PAIN, WHY ME?
Pain is God's way of telling you your body is in trouble. Without pain our bodies could not tell us that there is an injury and that there is something wrong. Usually the absence of pain and swelling after injury is an exceedingly poor indicator of healing tissue. Most minor to moderate whiplash injuries are overlooked by the patient, the hospital, and even the patient's family medical provider due to the lack of initial pain. One week up to 2 months after the injury, the patient continues to have pain or the pain worsens, is when most people begin to realize that the injury is much worse then they had imagined.
Call us for your comprehensive examination. If you have challenges needing treatment, rest assured we will provide you with the most competent and comfortable care available. We are willing to work with you regardless of whether you do or do not have an attorney. Our primary concern is to help you move into your future without the painful effects of whiplash following you there.
Call us today at 925-685-2002. We look forward to serving you.
HOW DO I FIND AN ATTORNEY WHO IS FAMILIAR WITH CAR ACCIDENTS, PERSONAL INJURY, AND/OR WHIPLASH CASES?
We can refer you to several attorneys in the area that specialize in Personal Injury Claims and who have assisted our patients in the past.