After sustaining whiplash injuries, it’s common for people to suffer from chronic neck pain if untreated. At Vanguard Spine & Sport, we can detect certain factors in a patient’s history and exam to better determine whether a patient may be more susceptible to chronic pain from a whiplash injury.
Whiplash is a term that describes injury to the neck that occurs as a result of a motor vehicle or car accident. The most common type of car accident is the rear impact, and most typically, the occupant in the vehicle that gets “rear-ended” (hit from behind) is at the greatest risk of injury, including whiplash.
The appropriate treatment for whiplash is unique to each whiplash injury and individual. We generally gear treatment toward the primary dysfunctions detected during the exam and history, which includes the mechanisms of injury and ordering of imaging (X-ray, MRI) if clinically warranted. We commonly utilize different treatments for whiplash, including:
- Massage Therapy
- Moist Heat/Ice
- Muscle Stimulation
- Rehabilitation Exercises
- Ergonomic and Lifestyle Changes
CAR ACCIDENT CHECKLIST
PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS
BE PREPARED FOR THE UNEXPECTED
In the glove compartment of your car, keep a copy of: your insurance card, driver registration, emergency contact numbers, and a list of drug allergies and medical conditions for you and your family members.
ASSEMBLE A CAR KIT
You should carry an car emergency kit that includes a flashlight, extra batteries, light sticks, roadside hazard markers, wipes, water, non-perishable snacks, a small first aid kit, jumper cables, an umbrella, and gloves in case you need to change a flat tire.
CHECK FOR INJURIES
You have an obligation to render reasonable assistance to anyone injured in the accident, including calling for an ambulance or making arrangements for the transportation of the injured person to a hospital if necessary.
Regardless of whether there have been injuries or serious vehicle damage, you should report the accident to the police. You should contact the police even if the other driver admits fault and says he or she will pay for everything.
SECURE THE SCENE
If it is safe to leave your cars where they are, you should do so in order to let police officers get a clear picture of what occurred. However, if your car is creating a hazard and is drivable, pull it to the side of the road.
All drivers involved in an accident should provide his/her name, address, driver’s license and registration numbers to the other driver(s) involved. If the name on the insurance card and that on the driver’s license don’t match, clarify before leaving the scene.
OBTAIN WITNESS INFO
Get the contact information of witnesses who saw the accident before they leave the scene. Having witnesses to support your description of what happened and back up your version of events will help you build a stronger case for compensation.
DOCUMENT THE SCENE
Snap photos showing the position of the vehicles, damage to the vehicles, the license plates on the cars, any debris or skid marks on the pavement, and any injuries sustained by you and other occupants of your vehicle.