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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 

Car Accident Injuries As Seen On X-Rays- by Chiropractor near San Marcos TX

You’ve probably at some time in your life driven by on the highway as there is a car accident on the side of the road and been backed up by traffic from the rubber-neckers driving by. Many people wonder if there were injuries or if they are ok. Some car accidents cause traumatic injuries requiring the ambulance and emergency care due to fractures, internal organ damage and more. Other visible signs of a motor vehicle accident include scrapes, bruises, swelling and burns.

In our office we see many types of whiplash from different types of wrecks. They can range from muscle strain to ligament sprain, joint inflammation, concussion, dizziness, pain, numbness, tingling, herniated disc, nerve compression, back pain, neck pain, shoulder and hip pain and many many more. Car accident injuries can be difficult to diagnose to the untrained eye since they are not all visible at the start and can take weeks to fully develop.

If you experience a car collision, you should at least receive an examination and x-rays from a chiropractor certified in personal injury. This can determine if chiropractic care is appropriate for you or if another specialist is best suited for your situation. It can also determine if more information is necessary in the form of MRI or other diagnostic imaging to determine the extent of injury. It’s important to find all of the associated injuries from the car crash for insurance purposes so that you receive proper coverage during the treatment process. If not, then it will be too late for the insurance to cover your treatment and you are left to deal with care for the injuries later on. We’ll treat you through auto insurance, personal injury attorney, letter of protection, worker’s compensation, etc.

Our office offers NO COST INJURY CARE to help you get evaluated ASAP after an accident and help you determine the best course of action. If chiropractic care and therapy done in our office is the best solution we will let you know.  If it is not, we will let you know as well and get you to the best place for you.

My BEST advice after an accident is to have the chiropractic evaluation including x-rays after your motor vehicle accident to make sure. Find any underlying injuries. Just this week our office was treating a woman for her accident and she commented that her son was having some back pain and wondered if he should be checked out. We did and found a large fracture on his lowest vertebrae (L5). This was a great surprise since his pain levels were moderate, not what would be typical of a spinal fracture! Thankfully, this was caught or he would have been in great danger of spinal cord damage in the future.

If you or someone you know has been in a car accident, please consider being properly assessed (examination, x-rays at minimum) to make sure this does not become a long-term problem for you or a loved one. We are a chiropractor near San Marcos & Kyle & Buda.

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