October 9, 2016

Personal Injury

Personal Injury

Our office provides second-to-none care for all types of injuries. Unfortunately, some of our patients suffer from life-altering injuries resulting from severe traumas, such as car accidents, motorcycle accidents, or slip & falls.

WHIPLASH

Also known as Cervical Acceleration-Deceleration (CAD) injury, whiplash is common in many types of trauma. Years ago, doctors recommended ice and pain medication to treat whiplash, suggesting that it would heal on its own. We now know through extensive peer reviewed research that there are countless further problems that happen as a result of whiplash.The joints of the spine contain neurons that communicate directly with the brain

Some of these neurons inform the brain when the joints undergo even the slightest bit of motion (known as mechanoreceptors), while others tell the brain what your body’s position in space is (known as proprioception). The inability of either of the neurons to communicate with the brain leads to improper motion of the spine; this may cause balance problems, vertigo, headaches, or may lead to further mechanical damage such as disc herniations.

Science tells us that there are a myriad of further problems (“sequelae”) caused by whiplash—but we know for certain that it is NOT a “wait and see” problem!

Car Accidents

A common misconception of car accidents is that you may have had a “minor” crash. In fact, a meta-analysis of thousands of accidents found NO CORRELATION among speed of the accident, change in speed (delta V), property damage, and the amount of pain and/or MRI findings. In fact, peer-reviewed studies have shown that LOW SPEED impacts can cause more injury than higher speed impacts—the concept being that higher speeds cause the car to absorb more of the impact (collapse) which reduces your body’s acceleration.

Attorneys

Our office does not mandate any participation with an attorney at any time. However, if you choose to use an attorney as a result of your accident, we are very experienced in dealing with the legal aspects of your injury. We can handle your injury as “central command”, organizing your MRI, orthopedic consultation, pain management, or other referrals on your behalf.