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Gadsden Car Accidents

Gadsden Car Accidents Really Adding Up!

 

Amazing Chiropractic Results In Gadsden, Alabama

We are so proud of our amazing patients. You ought to watch this story:

Christy is a special patient. Her story is similar to many of our patients at McClellan Family Chiropractic.

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Facts on Whiplash

Facts on Whiplash

  1. In a series of recent human volunteer crash tests of low speed rear impact collisions, it was reported that the threshold for cervical spine soft tissue injury was 5 mph (delta V).
  2. Other reports have shown that crashed cars can often withstand collision speeds of 10 mph or more without sustaining damage. Thus: the concept of “no crush, no cash” is simply not valid.
  3. Recent epidemiological studies have shown that most injury rear impact accidents occur at crash speeds of 6 mph to 12 mph –the majority at speeds below the threshold for property damage to the vehicle.
  4. A number of risk factors in rear impact accident injury have now been verified including: rear (vs. other vector) impact, loss of cervical lordotic curve, preexisting degenerative changes, the use of seat belts and shoulder harness, poor head restraint geometry, non-awareness of the impending collision, female gender, and head rotation at impact.
  5. Once thought to suggest minimal injury, a delay in onset of symptoms has been shown to be the norm, rather than the exception.
  6. Mild traumatic brain injury can result from whiplash trauma. Often the symptoms are referred as the postconcussion syndrome. This condition, often maligned in the past, has now been well-validated in recent medical literature.
  7. A recent outcome study of whiplash patients reported in the European Spine Journal found that between one and two years post injury, 22% of patients’ conditions deteriorated. This second wave of symptoms has been observed by others as well.
  8. Radanov et al. followed whiplash patients through time and reported that 45% remained symptomatic at 12 weeks, and 25% were symptomatic at 6 months. Other researchers have reported time to recovery in the most minor of cases at 8 weeks; time to stabilization in the more severe cases at 17 weeks; and time to plateau in the most severe categories as 20.5 weeks. Thus, the notion that whiplash injuries heal in 6-12 weeks is challenged. (Incidentally, there never has been any real support for this common myth.)
  9. Each year, 1.99 million Americans is injured in whiplash accidents.
  10. Of the 31 important whiplash outcome studies published since 1956 (19 published since 1990 pooling patients from all vectors of collision (i. e., rear, frontal, and side impacts), a mean of 40% still symptomatic is found. For rear impact only, a mean of 59% remain symptomatic at long- follow-up.
  11. Although estimates vary, about 10% of all whiplash victims becomes disabled.

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Back Pain From Car Accidents

Back Pain From Car Accidents

Know Your Body

When you have a car accident, your body often is jolted forward and then back again.  All the muscles and tendons in your back can be stretched andinjured.  Once the tissue is damaged, inflammation can set in.  The musclescan also react by going into a spasm.  That is when the nerves are irritated and that then results in the muscles going into a spasm.  Once they start to spasm, you will usually need intervention to stop the muscle spasms.
Sometimes after a car accident, the tissue damage is so severe that thejoints are thrown out of alignment.  Even a very small movement of your connective tissue can cause an inflammation in that joint and make it not function normally.

Stretching out your joints is very important to preventa permanent problem.
The sooner you get started with chiropractic, the better.  The longer you wait after a car accident, the longer the inflammation has a chance to causescar tissue and pain.  Once the scar tissue builds up, it will take longerto heal.  Your body can still break down the scar tissue, but it takes a lot longer.
Call us today so we can screen and assess your condition. We can’t help until you pick up that phone and call us at 256-442-1441.