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Why It’s IMPORTANT to Get Chiropractic Evaluation & X-Rays After Car Accident! by Kyle TX Chiropractor

Ever wonder what your x-rays would look like after a car accident? I’m going to show you firsthand what they look like and why. The video below will show you two cases of average sized women in their mid 20’s with no prior history of back pain or spinal problems.

In case #1 on top you can see how this side-swipe auto accident has caused spinal alignment issues throughout the entire back. The caveat on this person is that this accident happened 5 years ago and was never evaluated and treated properly!! So we are now years later and this patient has sudden neck pain, low back pain, upper and mid back pain, headaches and an overall feeling of hurting all over the place- just all of a sudden, with no explanation or incident. As I was able to talk with her about underlying causes or past incidents, we spoke about her car wreck in the past and how she was in pain initially, but it seemed to go away on its own and she figured everything was fine. Now it’s not. This is a situation that I see all too often… accident happens, pain goes away by itself, cause has not been corrected properly, pain returns years later. This happens regularly!!!

Case #2 will show you x-rays of a patient that was in a motor vehicle accident two weeks prior to the x-ray being taken. She also came in feeling neck pain, shoulder pain, mid and lower back pain, headache and also some concussion symptoms. In her x-ray you can also see the alignment problem from top to bottom in a girl who previously had zero symptoms or history of back problems. These two cases are interesting to compare because of the similarities they share in the x-ray findings. It’s a good lesson that if the spine is not properly evaluated and treated after a car, motorcycle or 18 wheeler accident the underlying problem will remain even if the symptoms go away for a while. Research has shown that the sooner whiplash and trauma injuries are detected and fixed the better chance they have of not becoming problem that could turn into chronic pain.

For those in a recent motor vehicle accident, it’s always a good idea to use ice regularly at home to help decrease the inflammation and swelling. Heat is not advisable because it brings more blood flow to the area and makes it more difficult for the soft tissues to heal. Ice will push the blood flow away to help the repair process to begin in the connective tissues. For extreme pain after an accident, get checked in the emergency room to have any fractures or trauma detected. The next step in treatment is a trained chiropractor in whiplash and car accident injuries. Chiropractors certified in personal injury are trained to detect issues with spinal movement and alignment, proper curvature, ligament and muscular injuries, concussion symptoms, disc herniation, pinched nerves that can cause numbness, tingling and weakness.

Hope this is informative to you. If you have any specific questions, feel free to call me personally at our office- 512-405-0400.  Most of our patients come from the Kyle, Buda, and San Marcos TX area,, but if you have a loved one in another part of the country needing help, I can help you find a chiropractor that has the necessary training to do so.

In Health,

Dr. Ryan Browning

 

Car Accident and Injury Mistakes to Avoid

Car Accident and Injury Mistakes to Avoid
At the office, we see many people who have been in different types of car accidents.  It could be a rear end, head on collision or a T-bone from a side swipe.  We’ve even seen patients that were hit by a car as a pedestrian on a motorcycle or an 18 wheeler accident.  Regardless of how the collision occurred and the variety of whiplash and other injuries or pain associated with the car wreck, there are certain car accident treatment guidelines that should be followed.
Let’s start with what to do immediately following a motor vehicle accident.  First, if there is significant pain or obvious injury at the time of accident then go to the emergency room to be checked.  Any broken bones or serious medical injuries will need to be addressed immediately.  For the typical car crash victim, they will x-ray to check for broken bones and prescribe pain medication or muscle relaxers.
At home treatment starts with the ice pack.  Ice is great for reducing inflammation because it pushes blood flow and swelling away from the injury to allow damaged tissues to heal quicker.  Heat is generally a mistake at this time.  Heat will bring blood flow to the area, thus making it more difficult for the injured muscles, tendons or ligaments to heal.  So stay with ice.  Drinking lots of water to hydrate the muscles during the healing process is important to help with muscle spasms and overall neck pain and back pain.  Fatigue can set in due to the body going into overdrive using all of its energy to heal the damaged tissues and joints so rest is important at this stage of healing.
Find a chiropractor certified in personal injury with experience in treating whiplash.  Not all chiropractors are the same and some do not do very much treatment for car accident injuries.  A personal injury certified chiropractor is essential to diagnose injuries to the soft tissues and joints.  The spine needs to have proper alignment, curvatures and movement.  The shoulders, hips and other extremity joints can be checked too.  Examination procedures will include x-ray analysis, orthopedic evaluation, neurological testing and hands on feeling of the joints and muscles.  Afterwards a good treatment plan can be formed to get the patient feeling better from pain and symptoms, get them active and fully functional again and most important is to resolve the injuries now so that there are not long-lasting effects.  Your chiropractor should have a good medical referral network should the need for MRI, orthopedic, neurologic, pain management treatments need to be part of the treatment to resolve your injuries.
Many chiropractors also work together with a personal injury attorney to help you get full treatment under the auto claim so that you don’t have to pay out of pocket up front for all expenses related to your treatment.  This is where a good certified personal injury chiropractor will save you many headaches, literally and figuratively.
The worst mistake you can make after getting into an auto accident is to assume that it will be fine or just cover up the symptoms at home with Tylenol or another pill.  These will not fix the problem and could allow the injuries to get worse in the near future or cause you permanent damage later on from allowing the injury to just sit there.  This happens all too often and years down the road can be too late to effectively treat your condition.  If you have any further questions or would like to speak for a brief consultation, my door is always open to you.
In Health,
Dr. Ryan Browning

Chiropractor In Kyle TX Answers, “What Should I Do After Getting Into a Car Accident?”

Getting into a car accident can range from being an inconvenience and a pain in the neck to traumatic and life altering.  Whiplash, bruises, ligament sprains, muscle strains, pain, herniated discs and broken bones are all possibilities that your body experiences after a motor vehicle accident.  A totaled car, inability to work, and dealing with insurance adjusters can be major hassles at a time of vulnerability.

After a car accident, the main concern is for your physical health and getting any necessary medical treatment.  When pain is immediate, a trip to the emergency room may be in order.  Some patients refuse this due to financial concern, not knowing that it can be covered through auto insurance or attorney settlement.  The next step should be to find a certified car accident chiropractor to assess the rest of the damage.  Most injuries will not include a broken bone, rather they are connective tissue injuries such as herniated discs, ligament damage, muscle tearing and joint inflammation.  These can be evaluated and corrected with the proper assessment, diagnosis and treatment.  Make sure to find an accident doctor like a chiropractor that is used to seeing car wreck victims.

One major concern that patients ask me is about the cost of care following their car wreck.  Treatment will need to address pain and symptoms, functional restoration and prevention of scar tissue formation.  This can take some time.  However, what most do not know is that their treatment can be covered either through the auto insurance or a personal injury attorney‘s representation.  Every situation is different and we are able to help guide you in making the decision on which way is best in your situation.  If a personal injury lawyer is needed, we are happy to refer you to the best.  One of the worst things to see is when a car accident victim does not get the appropriate chiropractic care because they are afraid of cost or unaware of how the process works.  We are used to helping patients to navigate this process.

Too often, auto insurance adjusters are worried with protecting their company and not with your physical well-being.  Their focus is to close the case as soon as possible.  Our focus is to make sure that your accident injuries are healed properly and completely, making sure you receive any and all necessary chiropractic and medical treatment along the way.  We want you to get on with life and not be slowed down by effects of the motor vehicle accident.

We are here to help you with any situation.  We see many car crash victims all throughout the Kyle, Buda and San Marcos area. Feel free to call our office and speak to me personally.
In Health,

Dr. Ryan Browning, D.C.

Why Wellness Matters…by Kyle Chiropractor Ryan Browning, D.C.

Why Wellness Matters…
Most people today wait to take action on their health until it is too late or a much bigger problem than it needed to become.  This is also true when it comes to spine and posture maintenance. Taking a preventive approach to caring for your spine and body will pay off in many ways down the road: lower healthcare costs, less surgeries, fewer hospitalizations, fewer medications, less likely to be on medications, less imaging costs such as MRI and CT scan, etc. The list continues of financial savings associated with utilizing chiropractic for spinal maintenance.  This doesn’t even include the health benefits: more energy, better sleep, less tension, fewer headaches, less back pain and neck pain, healthier nerves and less likely to have pinched nerves, and the list could go on and on.  Chiropractic care also improves mood, decreasing your chance of depression and anxiety and overall stress that will bombard the body.
So don’t just wait until you get a kink in the neck or your back goes out, don’t wait for a car accident or sports injury.  You don’t have to have scoliosis or sciatica.  Take care of your body now while it is still in good health so that it stays that way! It’s always easier to fix a small problem than a big problem.
When it comes to your body’s health, prevention and maintenance go very far.  This is true for diet, exercise, sleep, water, stretching, and chiropractic care.  If you would like to know more about keeping you and your family healthy, give us a call at    512-405-0400.
In Health,
Ryan Browning, D.C.