Whiplash in Fort Collins
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Have you recently been in an auto accident? Call our Whiplash Injury Clinic today!
Pay attention to more than just your car. You could have a whiplash injury even if your car has minimal damage. Whiplash injures can occur in accidents where the vehicle is moving as little as 5mph, many times with very little or no vehicle damage.
How do you feel? Often, whiplash and nausea go together! Watch for emerging back and neck pain. In many cases, symptoms of an injury don’t appear until a few days after the auto accident. Immediately following an accident ones stress hormones, such as adrenalin, are elevated and initial injures frequently go unnoticed. Some symptoms to look for include: neck pain, headaches, muscle stiffness or spasm, decreased mobility, dizziness, numbness or tingling in the arm and nausea.
Don’t worry. In Colorado, Med-Pay coverage will pay for some or all of your medical expenses, regardless of who is at fault. Insurance carriers are required to provide $5000-$10,000 in medical coverage unless the individual specifically opted out of Med-Pay. If there is no Med-Pay or Med-Pay has been exhausted then either the injured individual’s health insurance or the at-fault driver’s car insurance can be billed for medical care related to the auto injury.
Call us to schedule an exam. We’ll help you diagnose any injury and put you on a path to recovery, starting with pain relief for neck pain to then even helping you choose the right neck pain relief pillow.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash describes an injury to the neck that results from rapid acceleration or deceleration, typical of those types of injures seen in relation to motor vehicle accidents. Whiplash occurs when the head is suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its natural limits. This motion can stretch or tear the muscles and ligaments that support the head and spine. The soft discs between spinal bones can bulge, tear and rupture, causing neck pain and back pain. The vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position, reducing range of motion.
Most auto-related whiplash injuries occur when occupants of a stopped car are hit unexpectedly by another car from the side or from behind. When one vehicle strikes another vehicle the forces are transferred to the vehicles occupant(s). The biomechanics of a whiplash injury result in an s-shaped cervical spine where the lower cervical spine goes into extension and the upper cervical spine goes into flexion. This creates an alteration of a normal c-shaped cervical spine:
- The lower portion of the spine bends backwards going into extension.
- The upper portion of the spine bends forward going into flexion.
But auto accidents aren’t the only cause of whiplash. Whiplash injuries can also result from sporting accidents, slips, falls and head collisions.
How do I know if I have whiplash?
Whiplash can cause a wide range of pain and general discomfort, including neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, low back pain, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, vertigo and even irritability. Whiplash sufferers may also have difficulty swallowing, blurred vision and ringing in the ears. If these symptoms are left unchecked, the whiplash could cause long-term damage. A victim of whiplash can lose the normal forward curve in the neck, which leads to joint instability, neurological problems and spinal degeneration. Whiplash and soft tissue damage is diagnosed by taking special x-rays in which the cervical spine is stressed in both flexion and extension to check for excessive anterior and/or posterior movement of the vertebra. Most medical providers do not do take this x-ray so it’s important to go to a healthcare provider that specializes in treating whiplash injuries.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should be evaluated immediately by a professional trained in spinal curve corrective work. Call our whiplash injury clinic today to schedule an appointment and find relief from neck pain.
How will I pay for the treatment for neck pain?
In Colorado, auto insurance companies are required to provide Medical Payment Coverage (Med-Pay). Unless you specifically opted out of this coverage, your insurance company will pay for reasonable medical expenses resulting from an auto accident. This includes chiropractic, spinal rehab and massage treatments. If you or your passengers are hurt, your insurance will help – regardless of which driver was at fault.
Call our Fort Collins Pain Clinic today to schedule an exam. We can help you address what to do about neck pain from your whiplash injury.
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