Car Accidents

An unfortunate product of living in Southern California is the crowding of our streets and highways that result in car accidents. We typically have several patients at any one time that are recovering from an auto accident. While many accidents seem like “fender-benders”, the reality is even the light impact accidents can cause spinal injury that you may be forced to deal with later if not taken care of now.
Insurance companies will have you believe that if you’re car is not damaged to a great deal, then you can’t be hurt. However, laws of physics and various studies don’t support that. If you’ve ever seen a commercial with crash test dummies, the slow-motion of the impact shows why muscle and ligamentous tissues get torn as the head and spine are slung back and forth. (See our page titled “Whiplash”.) The reality is, in our Fountain Valley office, we see many patients who have sustained car accident injuries in the past but did not have the opportunity to get treatment to allow them to heal properly. Fast forward 10,15 or 20 years and there is usually spinal degeneration and back or neck pain that has been getting progressively worse.
The safest thing to do if you’ve been in an accident is to have your spine checked to see if you’ve sustained any vertebral misalignments (subluxations) that affect the nerve flow between the brain and the body. Your neck and back will begin to heal right after the accident but it is important to be sure that you heal with the correct spinal alignment, with the normal range of motion and that the muscles have their normal length and elasticity.
We recommend a Chiropractic exam with x-rays to assess spinal health. If you appear to have spinal subluxations (misalignments) we will advise you on a course of care that best suits you.