Car Accident Treatment and Safety
Concerned about Car Accident Treatment Safety?
I had a new patient recently who was being seen by another chiropractor. My new patient reported that she was having some neck pain and headaches that just wouldn’t go away, and she wanted to know why she was in more pain following her adjustments and car accident treatment.
Severe Car Accident
It turns how that she was involved in a pretty severe roll over accident where the car rolled 4-5 times. She was taken by ambulance to the emergency room where they discovered on a CAT scan that she may have a neck fracture. When I learned this information, I asked my new patient whether or not the other chiropractor had obtained the medical records from the emergency room – especially the CAT scans. She replied that he said he hadn’t received them yet.
I was very concerned that perhaps the reason she wasn’t getting better with chiropractic adjustments is because there might be something on the CAT scan which shows a serious injury.
Well, today, just 1 day after having this new patient, I have received the CT scan results. The radiologist indicates there is possibly a fracture. And to think she has been undergoing spinal manipulation and other therapy for her car accident!
I get asked all the time whether or not spinal manipulation, or chiropractic adjustments are safe following a car accident. The answer is a resounding yes! So long as the chiropractor performs a complete and thorough evaluation and obtains all diagnostic testing previously performed as was not done in this case.
My primary job as a doctor who takes care of people who are injured in car accidents is to first and foremost arrive at an accurate diagnosis. With that diagnosis I can put together a treatment plan which will be both effective and cost-effective. Without all of the information including diagnostic testing, it is almost impossible.
What are we doing now with my new patient?
My patient will be sent for an immediate MRI followed by a neurosurgical consultation to get a clearance to ensure that treatment conservatively in this patient is safe and will be effective. Sure, it will take several days to get that done and a short delay in her treatment program, however how much better is it to be safe than sorry?
If you have been involved in an automobile accident and are not getting better, perhaps you need a second opinion. Call the office at 801-733-8300 and schedule your no cost second opinion consultation.