Many scientific studies have shown that even low impact accidents can cause neck and back injuries known as whiplash. However, symptoms of whiplash may not always appear immediately after impact. Even if you're not currently in pain, there may be underlying or hidden damage to your spine and muscles. Whiplash and other auto accident injuries may take days, weeks or even months to begin producing pain. Some symptoms may even appear minor and insignificant. Many people have tried to self-treat with medications and wait for the pain to go away, but injuries to the neck, back, arms and legs can become progressively worse without the proper treatment. A list of common signs and symptoms of whiplash are listed below (see "Signs of Injury"). If you're experiencing some of these symptoms, please call any one of our offices for a free consultation. All of our treatment is covered 100% (no out of pocket expenses) by a majority of insurance policies for auto accident and work injury victims. If you do not have an attorney, that is not a problem. Through our extensive relationships within the community, we can refer you to a number of expert attorneys to choose from.
Signs of Injury
Pain between the shoulders
ight and/or sore muscles
Loss of motion in the nexk or back
Numbness in hands or feet
Pain in the shoulders
Ringing in the ears
Pain in arms
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, call our office today so we can evaluate the extent of your injuries. Injuries from auto accidents tend to become chronic the longer treatment is delayed. An article published in the Journal of Orthopedic Medicine in 1999 pointed out the superiority of chiropractic care for patients suffering from long term whiplash. The authors of the article noted that a previous study had shown that 26 of 28 patients or 93 percent of patients with chronic whiplash became better with chiropractic care and went on to state that "chiropractic is the only proven effective treatment for whiplash."
Many people make the mistake of not coming for treatment because they don't have health insurance. However, injuries from auto accidents are paid under the auto insurance policy. This insurance, called PIP, (Personal Injury Protection) is mandatory in the state of Oregon. Our treatment is fully covered by automobile insurance policies, no matter who is at fault, and no matter whether you were the driver, passenger, or pedestrian. Our office also accepts car insurance payments as payment in full. That means no co-pay or deductible and, typically, no increase in your monthly insurance premiums. We will take care of all the messy insurance paperwork and help you file a claim with your auto insurance.