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4 Things To Do After a Car Accident – Advice from Dr. Ryan Browning, Whiplash Chiropractor in Kyle TX

4 Things To Do After a Car Accident – Advice from Dr. Ryan Browning, Whiplash Chiropractor in Kyle TX
Having a car crash is never planned and can be anything from a minor inconvenience to a major life-altering event. Most are somewhere in between.  The goal of this article is to give you information that hopefully you will never need. However, should you or a loved one get into a car accident it this information can reduce the severity of whiplash injuries or prevent them from becoming permanent. Scar tissue, ligament damage, joint movement and nerve function are just a few auto injuries that can be prevented with the proper treatment and by acting quickly after the accident.
1st- If there is a true medical emergency, go to the emergency room!  If you are in a lot of pain, suspect broken ribs or other broken bones, have head trauma or dizziness, you need to be checked in a trauma center. Many people hate the thought of going to the E.R. because you may spend hours there, being around lots of very sick people or due to the fear of the cost of treatment. However, if there is an emergency that needs to be treated, cost becomes insignificant and time becomes very valuable.
2nd- The next step to healing from whiplash and other car accident injuries is proper care at home. Ice is very important to reduce inflammation ASAP! Ice pushes swelling and inflammation away from the site of injury or trauma and helps the muscles, tendons and ligaments to heal. Heat is not the best at this time because it brings blood flow towards the area of inflammation, making it more difficult for the injured area to heal. After ice to the affected areas, other home care instructions are to get plenty of rest and sleep. For more information on proper sleep, click here. After a car wreck the body experiences a high level of stress and much needed healing to take place which will use up the body’s energy, so you will feel fatigue and maybe sluggish.  Also, proper hydration is needed to help rid the body of excess toxins. Water and electrolytes are essential to help the body to heal properly. For more information on how much water to drink or how to hydrate, click here.
3rd- Get a full chiropractic examination by a whiplash and personal injury certified Chiropractor. Many people already know that after an auto accident they will go to the chiropractor for treatment, but what they don’t know is that auto injury treatment is not a specific focus of training in chiropractic school. Any chiropractor can see the patient after the motor vehicle accident, but not all are specifically trained to do so. There is post-doctorate training available to become a personal injury and whiplash certified chiropractor. You need to be seen by a Doctor of Chiropractic with specific training in car accidents to more specifically evaluate the condition and determine the needed treatment. X-ray evaluation should be included. Often times MRI may be done to determine if disc herniation has occurred or other disc problems. Your chiropractor will need to be accustomed to working together with medical specialists including: neurologist, orthopedist, radiologist, pain management specialist, primary care and more.
4th- Following the treatment recommendations. This may sound too simple, but it can’t be overstated. Too often people don’t allow their body the full recovery post-accident and end up paying the price later on with chronic neck pain or other permanent damage like scar tissue and ligament laxity. For many, the treatment duration goes beyond pain and symptoms to allow enough time for the body to heal and recover fully.
Hopefully this information helps you should you have the misfortune of a car wreck. If so, review this information and always feel free to call me directly at the office 512-405-0400.
In Health,
Dr. Ryan Browning
To watch the video, click the link: 4 Things To Do After a Car Accident 

How to Avoid Chronic Neck Pain After Having Car Accident Whiplash of the Neck! ~by Dr. Ryan Browning, Chiropractor in Kyle TX

How to Avoid Chronic Neck Pain After Having Car Accident Whiplash of the Neck! ~by Dr. Ryan Browning, Chiropractor in Kyle TX
Often times we have new patients come into our chiropractic office with neck pain wondering why it started and how it happened. I listen in our consultation and hear how the pain started all of a sudden or they woke up one day and it was there and now won’t go away. This is a common way for people to find our chiropractic office as a solution to the recent pain in the neck. As I ask questions and talk with them there is an all too common conversation that happens… When I probe into past car accidents, whiplash, falls, sports injuries and such, all to often they tell me about a past accident that they didn’t pay attention to their body because there was no pain OR they had some stiffness or tension but it went away on its own and they assumed it was fine.
When an auto accident occurs it places stress on the bones, joints, discs, nerves, muscles, tendons and ligaments that it is not designed to absorb. Our spine may absorb it and not cause immediate or long-lasting symptoms, but there can still be underlying problems that will eventually cause problems like spinal misalignment and ligament laxity. Sometimes the pain and symptoms are immediate and other times they are underlying for months or even years. However, if left untreated they will eventually make themselves known and cause neck pain, back pain, headaches or other pains.
Spinal misalignment affects the overall smooth movement of the vertebrae and can affect the function of the nerve supplying various muscles or organs of the body. These pinched nerves eventually cause the pain and leave many people wondering how it happened when they feel the pain later on. Interference to the nerves can affect the function to the body part or system that nerve is powering. This can lead to stiffness and overall feeling less well and more stressed.
Ligament laxity is when the ligaments absorb a force and then do not retain their same strength in supporting the spine. This results in the neck curvature changing shape and altering the posture of the spine that will create more compression on the bones, discs and the nerves too. This will lead to future disc degeneration and arthritis.
This instance happens way too often because many people don’t know to get checked by a whiplash certified chiropractor after any motor vehicle accident. The sooner spinal misalignment, ligament laxity and pinched nerves are found and fixed the better the result will be and the less likely to have pain down the road because of the accident.
If you need help or have questions about your health we are happy to sit down and talk with you about any problem. We love getting people out of pain and into health!
In Health,
Dr. Ryan Browning, D.C.