Auto Injuries… Trust Me, I’ve Been There
I have literally been a life-long chiropractic patient. My mother brought me in for my first adjustment when I was just days old. I grew up understand just how amazing a good adjustment can feel. But over the years I haven’t just used chiropractic to feel good. I have used it to get over some of the most serious injuries I have faced in my life. One of the areas where chiropractic care has helped me the most is when I have dealt with auto injuries over the years.
Call me unlucky, but I have been involved in over a dozen auto collisions. I have never had one that was actually my fault. I guess I’m just not the guy to drive with. My auto collisions have run the gamut. I have had minor fender benders with no injuries. I have been involved in a head on collision which resulted in months of headaches.
My Most Serious Auto Injury
My most serious collision was a roll-over when I was a teenager. I was a passenger in our family van. We had just purchased a large trampoline and so the seats in our van were all laid flat. My mom was driving and my younger brother was in the front passenger seat. We were taking him to a day camp that morning and my sister was helping him get his shoes on. She was having trouble with this and my mom became distracted trying to help. It was just for a moment but it was a costly mistake. She went into a curve while she was trying to help my sister. By the time she looked up it was too late. We hit gravel on the shoulder and then a mailbox at about 55 mph and this sent our car tumbling. Because the seats were down flat I was laying on them like a bed without a seatbelt. My sister was also unbuckled so that she could help. She and I suffered serious injuries being bounced around inside the car before we were both ejected. I flew about 30 feet before I landed in a ditch on the side of the road. Miraculously, everybody survived but I had deep cuts, concussion and sprains and strains throughout my neck and spine.
Recovery was a long and hard process but I credit my chiropractor for helping me to overcome what could have otherwise been long term disability on my part. I don’t know… depending on who you talk to they might say I have some sort of disability. 🙂 But, you know what I mean right?
It’s one thing to survive an auto accident; It’s another thing to thrive afterward and lead a healthy life. This post is really my personal testimonial for how important chiropractic care can be in helping me recover from auto injuries. Chronic headaches, back pain, whiplash, scar tissue, strain, sprains, cuts, bruises, concussions; you name it I’ve had it (well, except broken bones). Each time I have been injured, chiropractic treatment for my auto injuries helped me get back to full health.
It wasn’t just the chiropractic adjustments. The advice from chiropractors about the things I could do for rehabilitation made an important difference for me. I’d like to think that I’ve been through all of this stuff so that I can me a better chiropractor and doctor to my patients who are injured in an auto collision. When you tell me, “it hurts” I can tell you “I know” and mean it.
Why use a chiropractor for auto injuries?
Take it from somebody who has been on both ends of the equation when it comes to chiropractic for auto injuries. Chiropractic HELPS. If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a car accident you owe it to yourselves to, at the very least, get checked out by a chiropractor. Auto injuries respond well to chiropractic management because chiropractors specialize in biomechanical function and the treatment of muscle & joint pain. I have seen people who come in after an auto accident for a checkup and we discover that they are very fortunate and were not injured. Others may not realize that they have sustained an injury in their auto accident and my examination helps to uncover problems that could have become chronic had they not sought some sort of help. A common example of this is when somebody starts to have more frequent headache symptoms after a car accident. Let’s say that they typically experience headache once a week (which is still too often) before the collision but afterward they are having 3 or 4 headaches per week. You would be surprised at the number of people who will attribute this to other factors in their life such as hydration, stress or other potential causes instead of the very real possibility that the increase in headaches is actually due to an auto injury. This is more common than you would think and the victim of the auto injury could be in for a lifetime of more frequent headaches if this trauma isn’t addressed.
Even though I’ve had around a dozen auto injuries myself, I have treated hundreds of people who have had their own misfortune and received an auto injury. Don’t wait to see if your injuries become permanent. If you are in the Corvallis area and have an auto injury I’d be happy to help you. If I can’t help you then I will get you the best possible referral for someone who can. If you aren’t in the area and at wondering how you can find the right chiropractor in your area. Please leave a message in the comments and I will do my best to help you.