Hey there, I am Dr Jason Lyles owner and Chiropractor at Georgetown Back Pain Relief Center
The obvious reason people seek treatment for Whiplash ASAP, is due to pain, headaches and dizziness.
But what if you don’t have any symptoms? This happens so much and the deceiving nature of this costs many people years of suffering with problems that could have been corrected if they had just played it safe. The first thing you should do if you have an auto accident or some other injury causing the head and neck to whip forward and back, is to see a doctor.
You could go the ER, your family MD or a Chiropractor. All of these are great choices and should be considered. I’m going to talk to you about what I look for as a Chiropractor in the business of helping patients recover from injuries such as whiplash for over 17 years.
Often times I will look at a x-ray of a new patient and see problems indicative of past trauma. I will point out the issues on the x-ray and say “When did you have your auto accident?” They usually say.. “Well, I was rear-ended 5 years ago, but I wasn’t hurt, or I didn’t think I was.”
Here is an example of “Why You should Seek Treatment for Whiplash ASAP”
Just because you don’t have pain when an injury occurs, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t seek care for your injury. It happens too many times and it’s very costly for the patient. Long-term problems which could have easily been corrected, linger and cost people dearly in the long run.
Did you know in Kentucky, we carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) on our car insurance? Most people have no idea what this is and quite frankly, it is why our auto insurance is more expensive than say.. Ohio. PIP covers you in the case of an accident or injury while driving for up to $10,000 to see doctors and receive care for injuries.
It is a good thing to have when you are injured and the best news is, it doesn’t affect your rates if you use it and it doesn’t matter who was “At Fault” in the accident. Kentucky is a No Fault state, so you can use the benefit whether you crashed into someone or they crashed into you. You pay for it, don’t be afraid to use it.
Her is some research on why you should see care ASAP
Interestingly, this hypersensitivity not only occurs in the injured area, but also in areas away from the neck such as the front of the lower leg or the shin bone. This can only be explained by some type of neurobiological processing of pain within the central nervous system, which includes the spinal cord and brain.
It’s not surprising that when pain continues for lengthy time frames, people with these symptoms may also experience psychological distress. The confusing thing is that not every WAD injury case has this “central sensitization” and when it’s present—its intensity is highly variable.
Current research into WAD is focused on the following: 1) developing better treatments in the early or acute whiplash injury stage with the goal to PREVENT development of these chronic symptoms; 2) determining what factors can PREDICT slower recovery following a WAD injury; 3) investigation into how the stress response associated with motor vehicle crashes influence pain, other symptoms and recovery, and how to best address and MANAGE the stress response; 4) research into the effect a WAD injury has on daily life function; and 5) developing improved assessment methods for healthcare providers so that EARLY treatments can be more targeted and effective.
A Swedish study is currently looking at the importance of reducing the acceleration of the occupant during an automobile collision by redesigning the body of the vehicle and its safety systems. In rear-end crashes, the main issue is to design a seat and head restraint that absorbs energy in a controlled way and gives support to the whole spine. In frontal crashes, the air bag, seat belt pretensioner, and load limiter must work together in a coordinated way to reduce the acceleration between the vertebrae of the spine and occupant.
What is known is that a “wait and watch” approach may NOT be appropriate in a lot of cases. It appears there is a relatively short window of time, the first three months, when treatment seems to be most effective. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to identify and treat these types of injuries, so PLEASE, don’t delay your initial visit—time is truly of the essence. Don’t waste it!