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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.

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

 

Chronic Neck Pain After Car Accidents Treatment by Chiropractor in Kyle TX

As a chiropractor treating patients in car accidents I often see patients come in with neck pain that have a car accident whiplash injury in their history.  The story often goes that they were young and bounced back rather quickly after the accident not thinking they were injured.  Years later they develop nagging neck pain for no good reason at all.  After a chiropractic and orthopedic examination in the office and taking x-rays I often get the rest of the story…
A car wreck causes G-forces to go through the body (that it is not prepared for) at various points in the body.  As the neck is in extension position, such as it would be after being rear ended from behind, it becomes a vulnerable area for the force from the accident to damage.
How does the accident cause damage?  On the surface it can cause muscular damage which would result in tension, muscle spasm, pain, etc.  It also creates joint inflammation from the spinal joints crashing into one another and causing sharp pain and inflammation.  The muscular damage is the easiest and quickest to resolve. The joint damage usually takes more time.  The intervertebral disc acts like a shock absorber to the spinal vertebra and are often herniated (broken) or compressed creating bulging from the injury.  These can create chronic vulnerabilities in the neck chronically.  If a herniated disc puts pressure on a nerve then it can create nerve symptoms like numbness and tingling and will require proper management.  The spinal ligaments can also become inflamed and stretched in a motor vehicle accident.  Stretching of the spinal ligaments may or may not contribute to short-term pain and symptoms, but they are likely to contribute to problems down the road. Loosened ligaments may allow the curvature of the neck to change creating more tension and pressure in the neck and upper back that eventually becomes chronic pain.
These are just a few of the effects that a car accident or whiplash injury can cause.  If you are ever in a car crash make sure you are evaluated by a personal injury certified chiropractor that does an examination and x-rays to determine what treatment can resolve the injury and prevent it from becoming a chronic pain situation for you.
In Health,
Dr. Ryan Browning, D.C.

Chiropractor in Kyle TX Offers Free Consultation for Car Accident Victims

 

Chiropractor in Kyle TX Offers Free Consultation for Car Accident Victims

Have you ever been in a car wreck?  Many people aren’t sure what to do after getting into one.  From a fender bender to a totaled car accident, bodily injuries vary greatly.  The person in the motor vehicle accident’s physical condition, age, health, force of the trauma, head position, and other factors affect the visible and underlying damage done.  It is common for the onset of pain, whiplash symptoms or post-concussion syndrome to be delayed a few days after the crash.

Some injuries are uncomfortable and painful for the first few weeks or months following the whiplash. These include sprains and strains causing neck pain, back pain, headaches, shoulder and hip pain, muscle spasm, tension, trouble sleeping, feeling fatigue, anxiety, nervousness, etc. In most cases the sooner treatment begins after the accident the better. This can shorten the recovery time to getting back to 100%.

Other car wreck injuries can take longer to treat and resolve, such as: herniated disc, nerve pain, concussion, torn muscle, ligament damage. Did you know that if the ligaments in the neck are stretched a mere 3 millimeters they can cause long-term pain and symptoms.  Damaged muscles need assistance to heal to avoid scar tissue. Ligaments need chiropractic treatment so that the damage is not permanent and the neck can regain normal range of motion and normal alignment again.

There are many other possibilities and variables involved in these car accidents. Our office offers a consultation to talk about your situation and see if chiropractic care and therapy is the proper treatment for you.  If it is not, we also have a full team of medical specialists in our referral network.  We also work with personal injury attorneys for those that need this service.

In Health,

Dr. Ryan Browning, D.C.

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.

Kyle TX Chiropractor Now Certified in Personal Injury -near San Marcos, TX

Kyle TX Chiropractor Now Certified in Personal Injury  -near San Marcos, TX

 

Personal injury has always been an area of practice that many shy away from and just don’t want to deal with.  Most medical doctors, especially specialists, won’t even consider letting you past the front desk once you mention two words: car accident.  It’s as if many offices are allergic to car accident victims and injuries and want to send them on to the next doctor.

There are a couple of reasons why car crash victims get the run around.  First, most doctors don’t want the insurance headache or their offices haven’t been trained to deal with the insurance hoops that need to be jumped.  Trying to figure out if the person is using their own auto insurance or the insurance of the at-fault driver is beyond many billing departments that simply don’t want this time consuming burden.  Sorry, but your whiplash induced pain in the neck is their figurative pain in the neck!

Once you bring the potential hire of a personal injury attorney to represent your interest with the auto insurance tactics they are sure to try, almost all healthcare offices wave the white surrender flag and decide to not put up a fight.  Unfortunately, all of these logistical challenges become the headache (no pun intended) of the car accident victim.

Dr. Ryan Browning is a Kyle TX Chiropractor in Plum Creek who sees many after their motor vehicle accident.  Over the years I have several cases each month and have seen a great variety of symptoms caused by car accidents.  The most common are whiplash of the neck, neck pain, back pain, headaches, numbness and tingling, sciatica, and muscle spasms.  We also diagnose and treat concussions, post-concussion symptoms, TMJ (jaw pain), herniated disk, bulging disk, and many other aches and pains.  Most people after the physical trauma of a car wreck experience one or many of the following symptoms: dizziness, sleep disturbance, constant discomfort, tension, pressure, head feels heavy, anziety, depression, moodiness and more.  The biggest challenge of the pain is the way it affects everyday life.  They are very likely to make it impossible or more difficult to go to work, take care of children, play sports or engage in hobbies, they can take away your desire to be social and even affect relationships physically, mentally and emotionally.

It is very satisfying to help someone get back to normal life after a car accident or motorcycle trauma! That’s why my office has always welcomed car accident victims and personal injury clients.  We have trained our staff to take the insurance burden off of the patient and reduce this stress.  I am also certified in personal injury to provide the best chiropractic treatment, refer for any necessary medical evaluations and have a network of MD’s that will accept referrals from us for personal injury cases.  We also are trained to help protect your legal situation in many ways.

If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, don’t wait to see if the pain will go away on its own, seek the proper chiropractic care from a certified chiropractor right here in Kyle to get you feeling better and reduce the risk of chronic pain.