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Q: Should I see a chiropractor after an auto accident?

Posted February 12, 2014 in Advice Column, Norwalk

A: Driving is something many people take for granted simply because they have done it for a long time. But the reality is that roughly one in four drivers is involved in an auto accident during the span of five years.

Because your body is likely to be flooded with a surge of adrenaline after an accident you may be unable to fully process your circumstances and surroundings, causing you to make irrational judgments. Many people who are not seriously injured after the accident believe they are “OK,” but as weeks and months pass by, the body heals incorrectly resulting in permanent injuries. Typically a number of symptoms tend to progress into neck pain, headaches, tingling and numbness in the hands, low back pain and/or pain radiating down the leg to name a few. Because these symptoms can progress gradually patients often fail to connect them to the accident they had.

Fortunately most people involved in an accident have Medical Payment Coverage of $1000 to $5000 tied to their auto insurance.  The Med Pay acts as a form of health insurance to help pay for your treatment, and does not affect your insurance rates if you use it.  In the Woodward study, 93% of patients studied with chronic whiplash injury were found to have a statistically significant improvement following chiropractic care.  No conventional medical treatment has been shown to be effective in these established whiplash injuries. Please call Norwalk Chiropractic today 515-981-9208 to schedule your consultation.

Information provided by Norwalk Chiropractic, 1228 Sunset, Suite B, 981-9208, www.norwalk-chiropractic.com.

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