Many motor vehicle accident victims suffer from soft tissue injuries due to the sudden jerking movements involved when two powerful structures collide with each other.
One of the most common soft tissue injuries is whiplash, which is caused by the sudden jerking of the neck after a point of impact. Chiropractic treatment can help a motor vehicle accident victim recover from this painful injury.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Accurately diagnosing whiplash is the first step in receiving proper treatment. Motor vehicle accident victims may notice some of the following symptoms if they have developed whiplash:
- Neck pain
- Stiffness in the neck
- Lower back pain
- Shoulder pain or pain between the shoulder blades
- Pain or numbness in the upper extremities
- Problems concentrating or remembering
- Sleep problems
Sometimes these symptoms may be delayed. Accident victims may not experience these symptoms until days after the motor vehicle injury. The adrenaline that victims often experience may mask these symptoms, so it is important that they carefully monitor their situation so that they can receive a diagnosis as soon as possible.
If a motor vehicle accident victim believes that he or she has experienced whiplash, it is important to seek immediate medical treatment. Potential treatment options for whiplash include:
- Ice application – Medical professionals often recommend icing the neck and shoulder area for the first 24 hours after a motor vehicle accident.
- Chiropractic care – Manual therapy and other therapeutic exercises may be used to treat whiplash.
- Laser therapy – Some chiropractors offer laser therapy as a way to help heal the damaged tissue.
Other treatment options may include ultrasound, injections, traction, massage, and heat application. Patients often respond differently to treatment options and react differently to pain management measures. A chiropractor can provide pain management after an accident victim suffers an injury. Early treatment can prevent a worsening of the condition and provide critical pain relief.
Motor Vehicle Insurance Coverage
If whiplash was the result of a motor vehicle accident, the Alberta Diagnostic Treatment Protocols Regulation provides a minimum of 10 to 21 chiropractic treatments. This treatment is billed directly to the insurance company.
A professional chiropractor can assist you in completing the forms necessary to have this treatment covered. Additionally, Section B insurance provides $750 of chiropractic treatment regardless of who was at fault for the accident.
Find a Professional Calgary Chiropractor
At Power Health Chinook, we are committed to providing you with effective pain management for your soft tissue injury. Our seasoned team of chiropractors help motor vehicle accident victims who are suffering from back pain and whiplash. We use traditional pain management techniques as well as cutting-edge technology like laser therapy applications.
Contact us today at (587) 317-4262 to set up a consultation and discuss potential treatment options.