Auto Accidents and Personal Injury
Auto accidents can cause hidden injuries that can develop into pain, headaches, and arthritis. Most people who have been involved in an auto accidents may not even know that they've been hurt. Dr. Shawn Jones's approach to these types of injuries is to use specific chiropractic adjustments, neuromusclar re-education, and therapeutic execercise, and various other treatment methods to help return spinal motion. After a thorough examination, Dr. Jones will recommend any necessary care to help restore proper motion and position of spinal bones. If caught early, inflammation can be reduced and scar tissue can often be minimized.
Dr. Jones has years experience in the treatment of injuries resulting from auto accidents. If you have been in an auto accident it is important you call the office as soon as possible. If you have reported the accident to your insurance company and have a claim number we will bill them directly for all the services. Dr. Jones recommends you seek legal counsel after an auto accident so that you are treated fairly by the insurance companies. If an attorney has accepted your case, we can work with you on a lien basis which means we will get paid when you have accepted a settlement.
Whiplash is a personal injury term used to describe neck pain following an injury to the soft tissues of your neck (specifically ligaments, tendons, and muscles). Whiplash is most commonly associated with rear-end car collisions in which the passenger in the front vehicle gets their head forcefully jerked backward and then forward causing injury to the structures of the back and front of the neck. Whiplash happens in auto accidents such as car crashes, auto accidents, and truck accidents, as well as during sporting activities, accidental falls, and assault
Sprain and Strain
Muscles allow movement to happen by contracting and making joints flex, extend and rotate. Muscles attach on each side of the joint to bone by thick bands of tissue called tendons. When a muscle contracts, it shortens and pulls on the tendon, which allows the joint to go through a range of motion.
A strain occurs when the muscle tendon unit is overstretched or torn. The most common reason is the overuse and stretching of the muscle. The damage may occur in three areas:
- The muscle itself may tear.
- The area where the muscle and tendon blend can tear.
- The tendon may tear partially or completely (rupture).
Joints are stabilized by thick bands of tissue called ligaments which surround them. These ligaments allow the joint to move only in specific directions. Some joints move in multiple planes; therefore, they need more than one group of ligaments to hold the joint in proper alignment. The ligaments are anchored to bone on each side of the joint. If a ligament is stretched or torn, the injury is called a sprain.
Lower Back Pain
Low back pain is one of most prevalent types of chronic pain. The tremendous forces created during auto accident are enough to tear apart soft tissue and shatter bone. Life altering spinal injuries are often the result of serious automobile wrecks and even minor fender benders can create some significant back ache complaints.
The spine is the most important part of our skeletons. Spinal injuries are common in automobile accidents. Vertebral fracture and spinal instability can result from the nightmarish force of a high speed collision. Occupants who are ejected from a moving vehicle face an even greater risk of spinal fracture, serious injury or death. Many spinal injuries require immediate back surgery and may leave the patient permanently affected in form and function.
If you have been seriously hurt in an automobile accident, be happy to be alive. Your situation could always be worse, regardless of the extent of your injuries. Concentrate on your recovery and try to make the best of the functionality you still possess.
What to expect on your first office visit following a car accident:
- A full examination to determine the extent of your injuries
- Then Dr. Jones will start treating your injuries, to get you out of pain as quickly as possible and to prevent long-term injuries
- A suggested treatment plan will be discussed for optimum healing.
What is Medpay?
Medical payments ("med pay" for short) coverage, an option on automobile insurance, is extremely important to getting a good result in a personal injury case arising out of a car crash.
Medical payments coverage says that if you or anyone else gets hurt arising out of the use of your vehicle, that the insurance company will pay medical expenses up to a certain dollar figure regardless of fault. Typically, it is sold in increments of $1,000.00, $5,000.00, or $10,000. So, med pay covers you if you are driving and you run your own car into a tree. It would cover medical bills of up to $1,000.00 limits or whatever you buy, even if you caused the accident yourself. It would also do the same for any passengers in your vehicle. Moreover, if you or a family member are hurt in someone else's car, your medical payments coverage would kick in if they don't have any, or over and above the car owner's, if they do have medical payments coverage.