My name is Dr. Jeffrey Gerdes, I’m a Chiropractor at Carolina ChiroCare and Rehab who treats car accident injuries in Raleigh, NC .
So, what’s the big deal with car accident injuries?
Good question. Well, it’s estimated that around 25% of people after a car accident injury will end up experiencing chronic pain. That’s one in four people.
Other research studies show that 75% of people who go to the emergency room after a car accident are still having pain six weeks later.
Somestudies suggest that 43% of patients who were injured in a car accident suffer chronic symptoms years later after the car accident.
Car Accident Injuries in Raleigh, NC: Where to Seek Treatment
This is why it’s so important to seek treatment by a chiropractor in Raleigh,NC for car accident injuries or other healthcare professionals if you have been injured in an auto accident.
The most common symptoms that become chronic are neck pain, headaches , whiplash, shoulder pain, back pain and muscle pain. Often times, there is chronic radiating pain, tingling and numbness in the shoulders or legs.
I often see my patients develop a chronic stiffness in the neck, back shoulders after an auto accident. Car accident injuries trigger the body to start developing arthritis in the vertebral joints of the spine.
Car Accident Injuries in Raleigh, NC: Why Seek a Chiropractors HelpThis traumatic insult to the vertebrae of the back and neck can lead to the development of chronic arthritis which in turn leads to chronic pain and stiffness.
Car accident injuries begin with initial soft tissue swelling in the muscles, tendons and fascia. This is typically referred to as a sprain/strain or whiplash when we are referring to the neck.
After the initial swelling, the injured and damaged soft tissues begin thickening and hardening. Scar tissue then starts to develop. This is the beginning of arthritis. This process develops over the years but is begins and accelerates with the initial injury to the soft tissues in the spine.
This study indicates injuries from car accidents cause a condition called central hypersensitivity. This is when the injury causes the muscles around the spine and spinal cord neurons to become overly sensitive to pain. This process causes a chronic pain syndrome in some patients.In most cases diagnostic imaging such as x-rays, MRIs and CT scans do not show this inflammatory process in the soft tissues.
Car Accident Injuries in Raleigh, NC: Why Seek Treatment
This is why it’s critical to seek immediate treatment after a car accident injury. The sooner a trained professional can begin treating you the less likely you are to develop chronic pain from your accident.
Treatments that have a direct impact on the injured soft tissues such as mobilizing your vertebral joints with chiropractic adjustments and physical therapies such as ultrasound therapy , electrical muscle stimulation, therapeutic stretches and exercises , myofascial release, manual therapy, tens therapy and traction therapy begin the remodeling and healing process in the injured muscles, ligaments and nerves.
I often find patients are surprised to learn that chiropractors are also licensed to perform physical therapy. We are able to provide chiropractic care with physical therapy in our office to treat car accident injuries. If you have been in a car accident in the Raleigh, NC area – recently or in your past – please book an appointment with us today. Begin the journey to healing here. Insurances accepted.
WE ACCEPT AUTO INSURANCE & THIRD PARTY BILLING OR ATTORNEY REPRESENTATION: THERE IS TYPICALY NO UP FRONT COST FOR CARE
-We will file your insurance claims for you to the car insurance at fault per your request
-We will submitt your office charges and records to the car insurances for you and our friendly staff will contact any adjusters assigned to your claim
– If you were the at fault driver we will verify any medpay bennefits you may have to use on your own auto insurance policy to pay for your treatment
– If you are represented by an attorney handling your case we will submitt your records when your treatment has finished at no cost to you
WE TAKE THE STRESS OUT OF CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES!
Dr. Jeffrey Gerdes, D.C.
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