1: Answers to 25 FAQWhat you should know if you have been involved in an auto accident!
► From : Alaska Healing Touch.
Dear Accident Victim, Thank you for taking the time to order this report. It was one of several very important decisions that you may be facing if you have been in a car crash. The purpose of this report is to inform the injured so they can make better decisions.
A huge public perception is that if there is no blood from a car crash, then there is nothing to worry about; so people are not aware that some injures are hidden and are seldom detected for months or even years.
As a result, a lot of crash victims settle their case with the insurance companies before getting your injury evaluated and documented by a doctor trained in soft tissue injuries.
► THIS COULD BE A BIG MISTAKE.
Why? Because once you settle your case you lose the right to get your testing and care paid for if you are in need of it.
A good rule of thumb is to get educated on your rights, understand your injury, then make a decision, there is no reason to rush; it can only hurt you. In the state of Alaska there is a two year time period to allow the injured victim time to resolve the case.
It is our position that if you were injured, you should get the testing and the care you need to get you back to the way you felt and functioned before you were injured.
Now it is not the responsibility of an insurance company to pay for anything more than that. Insurance companies are not responsible for pre-existing injuries; only the injuries sustained as a result of a crash. Although a few preexisting factors that can make someone more at risk to injury are age, gender and size.
Even if you are just a little sore, you should get checked out.
You may develop pain, numbness, headaches, muscle stiffness, fatigue, and other problems including arthritis many months down the road as a result of previous spinal injuries like whiplash.
Remember nothing is more important than your health when you start to lose it.
Here's where the problem begins... Most people who suffer from a car crash have one thing on their mind: Their automobile!
Common questions include:
"Who is going to fix my car?"
"What will I drive in the mean time?"
"Will my insurance rates go up?"
"Who is going to pay for it?" The last thing on their mind is:
► "AM I Really O.K.?"
Not only are the crashes an inconvenience and a hassle, a common general complaint of crash victims is that they don't feel their normal self.
One might now be experiencing obvious soft tissue injuries symptoms like pain from muscle stiffness or spasm, headaches, numbness and tingling, back pain, and even difficulty sleeping, irritability, memory loss, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and many other difficulties or worse than that, one may be injured and have no symptoms at all.
► BUT ARE YOU O.K.?
Most victims will assume that their condition has healed when their symptoms subside which is understandable. But as stated earlier if they heal improperly it could lead to complications at a later date.
It should be well understood that delay in onset of symptoms is extremely common and is well documented in the literature.
Crash victims should be advised to seek follow-up care with a practitioner skilled and knowledgeable in the detection and management of these types of injuries.
As a matter of fact...
Most Medical Doctors are not trained in the detection of these hidden injuries. In the 2003 annual meeting of the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates (HOD) a new resolution was passed, resolution 310, which reads:
Resolution 310, Musculoskeletal Care in Graduate Medical Education, introduced by the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, asked the AMA to
1, strongly urge medical schools to formally re-evaluate the musculoskeletal curriculum;
2. strongly urge medical schools to ensure that the medical students have the appropriate education and training in musculoskeletal care, making this competence a requirement for graduation.
3. Encourage it’s representatives to the liaison Committee on Medical Education, the Accreditation Council for graduate Medical Education and the Residency Review Committees to promote higher standards in basic competence in musculoskeletal care in accreditation standards.
This is a statement by medical profession formally admitting that they just don’t have the necessary training to care for most spinal soft tissue injuries.
► HOW ARE THESE INJURIES DETECTED?
First of all there are 3 types of Motor vehicle injuries 1. crush injuries and 2. acceleration injuries(Whiplash injuries), and 3. chemical exposure injuries.
1. Crush injuries are detected by means of the human eye for obvious cuts and bruises, and by looking at X-rays for fractures and gross dislocations. MRI, and CT Scans can detect spinal lesions but are mostly used for detecting internal injuries such as brain trauma and organ damage.
Car accident victims experiencing crush injuries usually get accelerated before the crush. Sense medical professionals, focusing on the crush, usually because of emergency purposes, often overlook the less obvious but extremely significant acceleration injuries that cause musculoskeletal damage, (damage to muscles and ligaments).
2. Acceleration injuries Whiplash Injuries are another type of injury also detected by the human eye by means of X-Ray views of the spine to access the integrity of the ligaments that connect the vertebra together. If you went to the E.R then you may have had these views take already and told you were fine with nothing to worry about.
They may have sent you home with muscle relaxers and pain medication. Because they were looking for fractures and gross dislocations but aren’t trained in locating misaligned vertebra. There is always some level of whiplash in every car accident Although there are usually no cuts or fractures from an acceleration injury, acceleration injuries are just as devastating because of the energy transfer from collision energy to acceleration energy absorbed by the occupants of the vehicle. That is one little known (secret) proven fact that the insurance companies don’t want you to know.
By looking at an accident victim with an acceleration injury one cannot visualize a ligament or muscle problem because it is under the skin so the victim’s condition is often dismissed as a minor soft tissue injury when in fact it is a major soft tissue injury. That is another reason acceleration injuries go undetected. To add insult to injury most people don’t know that 60% of the rear end acceleration injuries resulting in whiplash occur at speeds between 6 and 12 MPH. Now you know another (secret) fact that the insurance companies don’t want you to know.
3. A third type of injury that is way over looked is the chemical injury from exposure to the toxic chemicals of the air bags and or the gasoline fumes or fumes from the toxic materials that are destroyed in the crash and sometimes from the melted plastics if there is fire involved... These are very toxic to the body and sometimes lead to a lifetime of toxic illness.
My name is Dr. Thomas R. Taylor I am a Chiropractor. Here at “Alaska Healing touch” we treat acceleration type of injuries and screen for chemical exposure injuries. I have been treating whiplash injuries for over 15 years. I evaluate car crash victims, document the information, explain the information, give my recommendations, give you the care you deserve, listen and answer any questions you may have and/or make any appropriate referrals.
If you had a torn ligament in your knee wouldn’t that impair the way you walk?
Well what if you had damaged ligaments in your neck or back that could be causing your neck or back pain. Those ligaments and muscles need to be treated by a professional trained to treat those types of injuries.
For the most part people want to know what is wrong with them.