Every 14 seconds, someone in the US is injured by a car accident. If you’ve had a wreck or fender-bender, you may walk away without any apparent injuries. However, many auto accident injuries may go undetected for days, weeks or even months following the accident. Slowly, symptoms may start to develop. These include:
Most people involved in an automobile accident suffer a whiplash injury. Your head “whips” forward (hyperflexion) and then backwards (hyperextension) or vice versa. When this occurs, tendons, ligaments and muscles that protect and cushion the spine can become damaged – as well as injuring discs and the spine itself. When tissues are stretched or torn, the spine becomes significantly less stable. If you have suffered a whiplash injury, it is vital to seek whiplash treatment.
Automobile injuries are a common source of chronic pain. Therefore, seeking care as soon as possible is crucial to your recovery.
Dr. Lauren McCabe and the team at Cedar Mill Chiropractic in Beaverton, are experts at evaluating and treating injuries from car accidents. They skillfully realign vertebrae that are out of alignment in the back or neck, helping to relieve pain and restore structural balance. Soft tissue injuries are detected and corrected through a rehabilitation program tailored to your specific needs.
At CMCC our thorough approach to diagnosis and treatment is aimed at providing the right treatment program.
A structural evaluation may include X-rays, Orthopedic and Neurological Testing, Motion and Static Palpation Techniques, Spinal Joint Movement Evaluation, Gait Analysis and Postural Analysis. A muscular evaluation may include Joint Range-of Motion Testing, Arm and Hand Strength and Reflex Evaluation. A CT or CAT scan or MRI may be necessary if a herniated disc or a significant muscle or ligament injury is possible.
Once necessary tests and evaluations are analyzed, a customized treatment program can be created. Treatment options offered include:
Oregon law requires that drivers have insurance with a minimum of $15,000 available for payment of medical expenses related to a motor vehicle accident. This rider is called Personal Injury Protection, or PIP coverage. To open a PIP claim, this must be done with the driver/passenger’s own auto insurance company. If the injured party was not at fault, the other at-fault party’s insurance company will reimburse the injured party’s insurance company at completion of the medical treatment. Chiropractic care is covered under PIP without a referral. Chiropractors can order any medically necessary imaging studies relating to the motor vehicle injury. If you have any questions regarding PIP coverage for medical treatment for motor vehicle injuries, please call us at 503-646-3393.
If you’re suffering the effects of an auto accident injury, contact us today to schedule your initial evaluation!