21 Jan Injured in a Winter Auto Accident? Get an Exam!
It only takes a moment for an auto accident to occur, but drivers and passengers can be plagued by physical injuries and ailments for weeks, months and even a lifetime. Auto accidents commonly happen in the wintertime more than the rest of the year, especially around the holidays. One of the most important actions you can take after you’ve been in a winter auto accident is to receive a physical health assessment. Symptoms of injuries can sometimes take days, weeks, or even months to manifest. Here is what you need to know about your health assessment!
Auto Accidents: What Are the Facts?
Millions of drivers are in car accidents or mild fender benders each year. According to car insurance industry estimates, the average American driver files a claim once every 18 years for an auto accident. This means if you got your license at 16, odds are you’ll be involved in at least one accident by the time you’re 34. Typical drivers experience 3-4 auto accidents in their lifetime ranging from parking-lot fender benders to multi-car pile-ups on the freeway.
On average, 20-50 million drivers are injured or disabled each year around the world. Most of those car crashes resulting in fatalities occur in countries outside of the United States. This is because of the strict laws regarding speed limits, safety restraints, industry standards for vehicles and more. However, it doesn’t mean you won’t find yourself in an auto accident unscathed. Here are some shocking statistics when it comes to crashes:
- The Centers for Disease Control report that each year, Americans spend more than 1 million days in the hospital due to auto-accident injuries.
- Over 2.35 million Americans are injured or disabled each year in road crashes.
- If we look at it on a global scale, 20-50 million are disabled each year (depending on the year).
- Over 37,000 Americans die in road crashes each year.
- Cell phone use leads to about 1.6 million collisions each year, resulting in about 330,000 injuries.
- The Insurance Research Council reports that medical expenses due to road accidents continue to increase even though the severity of injuries continues to go down. (Another reason why you should look to centers such as ours for your treatment first).
Healing Injuries After an Auto Accident
Those patients who come into our clinic weeks or months after a car accident will find that they have developed health symptoms that stem directly or indirectly from their auto accident. The tricky part is that many injuries take much longer than the first 24 hours to manifest, so you may think your health condition or injury stems from something else. Only a health evaluation after an auto accident can tell you for sure.
At our office, we offer auto accident assessments after you’ve had a collision. This is a type of assessment where timing is more critical, as it should be done the first 24-48 hours after the event has occurred. Even if you only have mild symptoms (such as slight neck pain) following an accident, it’s worth a check up.
At the scene of an accident, emergency responders are in charge of stabilizing all parties involved. Those needing immediate medical attention will be taken to the facilities they need to go to. Your initial exam may clear you to go home if you have no injuries (external or internal) or signs of a concussion. Emergency responders will be able to know through diagnostic testing and their specific training if you have cracked ribs or other bones, spinal trauma, overextended necks and wounds that need tending to. It’s the extra attention that is the focus once you have been cleared by emergency personnel, and that is through a health assessment.
What Is Whiplash?
One of the most common injuries that stems from an auto accident is whiplash. This is an injury that presents symptoms after an auto accident or injury has occurred. With very small fender benders up to severe car crashes, your neck can suddenly move against the seat of your car or back and forth too fast. This may happen without you even realizing it. Often, symptoms don’t peak until 72 hours after the initial injury or time of an accident. Symptoms include:
- Stiffening and pain in the shoulders and neck
- Visual disturbances like blurred vision
- Insomnia and irritability
- Headaches, especially ones that stem from the top of the neck and the base of the skull
- Ongoing fatigue that develops after the accident
- Ringing of the ears and dizzy spells that come and go
- Chronic pain that gets worse over time
Your Health Assessment
Because whiplash is such a common occurrence after an auto accident, a health assessment is highly encouraged. Since Mile High Spine & Pain Center has numerous specialists, we can run a wide range of diagnostics and tests to rule out common injuries. We can also check you for signs of whiplash. Our health assessments commonly include:
- Physical exams to document bruising or catch signs of more serious internal injuries.
- X-rays to rule out fractures and breaks in bones throughout the body
- Measurement of blood pressure and other vital signs.
- Manual testing of the spine and neck to find soreness and limited range-of-motion.
- Consultation set-ups for chiropractic care, neuropathy treatment, anti-inflammatory injections, physical therapy, and more.
We have found that chiropractic care is amazing for our patients who utilize our auto-accident assessments and treatments. Even if you are just a little sore after an accident, at Mile High Spine & Pain Center, we can be sure that all is well with spinal and joint alignment and that no neuropathic or pain problems set in.
If injuries are present that require healing, we will get you set up with a holistic treatment plan to help keep you (or rehabilitate you) from surgery and injuries. Let us help relieve pain and neuropathic symptoms that you may be experiencing, all without the use of narcotic pain medicines or invasive procedures. Call our office today at (720) 507-0080!