Have you or anyone you know been in a car accident? There are many factors that come into play when it comes to making sure you do not sustain long term injuries. Have you ever wondered what you can do to improve the outcome of injuries sustained in an accident?
Here are 11 Facts to know if you are in a car accident in Bend:
Symptoms Are Usually Delayed
It is more common to not have initial symptoms but rather delayed onset symptoms following a car accident in Bend. Symptoms may not show up for days, weeks or even months.
Every Accident Is Multifactorial
The severity of the injuries from a car accident in Bend is dependent upon the force of the impact, the position of your body at the moment of impact, awareness of the approaching accident and the proper use of restraints and head rests.
It Takes Much Less Than Expected to Cause Injury
It takes a rear end collision of only 5mph to sustain a neck injury. So no matter the severity of the car accident it is important to see your Bend chiropractor at least for an examination
Get Evaluated Sooner Than Later
It is wise to be evaluated following an accident even if you don’t feel any pain. Remember Pain is the last thing to appear with an injury sustained in a car accident in Bend, it is important to not wait for the pain to show up to be seen by your Bend chiropractor.
Even With No Property Damage the Body Can Still Be Damaged
Minimal or no property damage to your car after a car accident in Bend does not mean you have not sustained an injury. Collisions in the 6-12 mph range cause the highest percentage of whiplash injuries. Many cares can absorb forces in this range without showing damage.
Trauma to To The Brain Can Happen Without Hitting Your Head
Concussion and brain injuries can occur even if your head does not strike anything during a car accident. The forces created in a whiplash injury can be enough to cause a concussion even if you don’t hit your head. Your Bend chiropractor is trained to diagnose and make sure you get the proper treatment from the proper professional if a head injury is sustained.
Chronic Conditions Can Make Traumatic Injuries More Severe
Female patients, the elderly and patients with a pre-existing condition such as arthritis sustain greater injuries with less force than the normal population. Your Bend chiropractor can also give you tools to minimize the the risk of injury with home exercises for individuals with these chronic conditions
Even A Mild Concussion Can Have Lasting Effects
Mild traumatic brain injury can lead to cognitive deficits such as memory loss, irritability, dizziness and even changes in personality. Most people recover in a few months however some people develop post-concussive syndrome and have ongoing problems for years. Early and consistent treatment from your Bend chiropractor and other healthcare professionals is essential to preventing or minimizing these symptoms.
Pain and Dysfunction Can Last Years
Outcomes 5 years following MVA show about 50% of patients continued to have pain and loss of function.
One Injury Can Lead To Another
Loss of function in the neck can lead to loss of function in the core muscles and eventually, lower back pain. But if you address the dysfunction in the neck and work proactively to improve your core strength by seeing your Bend chiropractor this waterfall effect can be prevented.
Earlier is Proven to be Better Than Later
Early active intervention gave whiplash patients more relief (within 4 days versus 14 days after the car accident in Bend).
Stayed tuned for more tips and information about chronic pain, sports medicine, and other musculoskelatal conditions. My goal as your Bend Chiropractor is to educate the community on how through some simple lifestyle changes you can find pain relief and improve your quality of life for good.