A Chiropractic Injury specialist is one of the most common types of doctors you might be advised to visit after a car accident. That’s because your spine is responsible for supporting the majority of your body weight, and the large amount of force applied in an accident can easily damage the spine and other surrounding soft tissues and cause serious aftereffects. If you’ve been in a car accident recently it is highly recommended to call us and set up an appointment today to get a throughout exam & consultation, with or without your primary care physician’s referral. No referral needed prior to your first visit.
When an individual sustains injuries from a motor vehicle crash, spasm and muscle splinting develop unequally on either side of the spine. This asymmetric muscle spasm prevents the normal range of motion of the spine and misalignments occur throughout the vertebral column. These misalignments need to be addressed via gentle hands on manipulation or gentle low force instrument assisted manipulation.
Common Conditions as a Result of a Car Accident:
Whiplash injuries occur most often to rear impact collisions or also known as acceleration/deceleration force by hyperextension of the neck then hyperflexion.
When the body experiences whiplash, the neck and back often have injuries. Whiplash is very common in car accidents. The pain is partially due to the fact that muscles do not have enough time to brace themselves. Uncomplicated cases of whiplash are the result of sprained ligaments in the neck; the muscles naturally spasm as a protective mechanism. Pain can originate in the neck or may travel down one or both arms resulting in neck pain, back pain, sciatica, shoulder pain and other health conditions.
Severe whiplash can come with persistent, ongoing pain that lasts for a month or more. This pain may indicate that whiplash more extensively damaged and/or trapped the nerves. Whiplash can also lead to discs rupturing in the neck or a “slipped” or herniated disc in the back. See spinal decompression page for more information.
Neck, muscles and shoulder pain are common in car accident, another common complaint of crash victims is that they don’t “feel like their normal selves.” They may also experience other symptoms like dizziness, blurry vision, headaches, muscle stiffness or spasms, numbness and tingling, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, irritability, memory loss and difficulty concentrating.
Auto accidents can also cause post-traumatic osteoarthritis. This can damage your posture (producing a slumped or hump back appearance). Osteoarthritis can also cause the discs in the spine to degenerate and create scar tissue formation leading to chronic stiffness.
The reason people choose chiropractic care for treatment of injuries sustained in car accidents is simple – chiropractic care is exceptional in the treatment of soft tissue injuries, especially of the spine. Since the most common injuries associated with these events are sprains and strains of the spinal muscles and ligaments, it’s only natural that chiropractic be the treatment of choice.Chiropractors are back pain experts trained specifically in dealing with injuries to the spine.
The statistics speak for themselves.
According to the Insurance Research Council, nearly 1/3 of all claimants injured in motor vehicle accidents seek treatment from doctors of chiropractic. That number is astounding when combined with the fact that the National Safety Council (NSC) has determined there to be more than 30 million accidents annually involving more than 60 million vehicles.
Chiropractic evidence has also found people injured in car accident prefer this type of care for the treatment of their injuries. One such study* evaluated 190 whiplash trauma victims and found those who received chiropractic care reported treatment satisfaction of 100%.
An article published in the Journal of Orthopedic Medicine in 1999 pointed to the superiority of Chiropractic care for patients suffering from long term whiplash. The authors of the article noted that a previous study had shown that 93% of patients with chronic whiplash benefited from Chiropractic care.
In the authors’ own study, they interviewed 100 consecutive Chiropractic referrals of patients with chronic whiplash. Their results also showed that of the 93 patients who remained in the study, 69 of them showed a 74% noticeable improvement with regards to decreased pain syndromes.
The researchers concluded that, “The results from this study provide further evidence that chiropractic is an effective treatment for chronic whiplash symptoms.”
Dr. Guita Kianian, D.C.,Q.M.E. has a comprehensive background experience & trained in auto injury. Her extensive continuing education has prepared her to professionally document and treat victims of whiplash and other auto crash injuries.
It is also important to note that our clinic has excellent relationships with other medical specialty providers. This insures that the patient has access to other specialists if needed. We also have access to state of the art imaging centers of San Jose and the surrounding area.
Sometimes, I go in for my appointment feeling so stressed out, from work, or traffic, or whatever. Dr. Kianian always knows exactly where the tension is, even if I barely realize it myself. I mean, she can get rid of a headache instantly, just by putting a little pressure on the right spot. I always walk out of there feeling like a new person.
SHD From Almaden Valley
My girlfriend was being treated by Dr. Kianian for back pain, and asked her if she could treat asthma. Dr. Kianian told me that people often suffer from asthma because the back is misaligned, which causes the chest muscles tighten up against your lungs. I started treatment, and the results have been great. Dr. Kianian fixed the tightness in my muscles and showed me how years of bad posture had caused my spine to curve the wrong way. She knew exactly what the root of my breathing and allergy problems were, and explained everything clearly to me. Now, I feel like I know what I have to do to stay healthy. My breathing is normal and free again. And, it’s now peak allergy season and I haven’t sneezed once yet.
JG from San Jose
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SS from Stockton
I had many sleepless nights due to tremendous shoulder pain. I was not seeking any kind of medical care or treatment; I just tolerated the pain. Some relatives and friends recommended to try out the Holistic Health Care Center. The medical care and treatments I have received here have been very effective. My shoulder pain is almost completely eliminated and is continuing to improve. I’m now feeling healthier and sleeping very well at night.
FM from San Francisco
The effectiveness of the treatment here has been a gift! I’ve regained my life. I can sleep the night through without pain – I am essentially pain free now – and I can dance again! I feel less stressed by stressful situations, and I seldom feel neck pain or headaches anymore either. I went in for my back and got more than I thought I needed.
RH from Cupertino
I was being treated by another chiropractor without improvement -over a 9 month period my symptoms were getting worse and progressively limiting my activity. After visiting Dr. Kianian I strated feeling better almost immediately.
TS from Milpitas