According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “In 2017, there were an estimated 2,775,608 police-reported motor vehicle crashes in which at least one passenger vehicle (i.e., a passenger car or a light truck) was towed from the crash scene in the United States, which resulted in an estimated 1,686,240 known passenger vehicle occupant injuries.”
The statistics are staggering. According to HuffPost, some of the top reasons for car crashes are:
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving such as speeding, tailgating, and running red lights
- Inclement weather
- Driving drunk or on drugs
- Inexperienced drivers
- Design defects with the car
- Driver health related issues
- Night driving
Speaking of staggering statistics, “In 2010, the cost of medical care and productivity losses due to injuries from car accidents was more than $99 billion – nearly $500 for each licensed US driver”, according to SaferAmerica.
Total Chiropractic Care & Wellness and Car Accident Injuries
Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness has extensive experience in treating people who have been in a car accident. Your local Long Island Chiropractor, Dr. Goldman is passionate about getting people back to work and helping ease the pain that often occurs as a result of the impact.
Dr. Todd Goldman’s Advice for Car Accident Injuries
When you first visit the office, the first thing we ask is if you’ve been to the hospital for a full evaluation to see whether you’ve sustained any serious injuries. Dr. Goldman, as he details in his book Taking Control, will almost always advise that this be the very first course of action, often sending you there immediately if you haven’t already gone.
Another piece of advice he gives patients is to advise your insurance company of the accident and if you begin feeling any aches and pains at all. He sees it all the time; you will feel fine right after the crash, but after a week or even a month later, painful symptoms arise. There is only a 30-day period to report an injury to the insurance company, so it’s best to do so as soon as possible. This way, if more significant issues arise later, they can be directly associated with the accident. Because it can take up to 30 days for swelling and nerve damage to be felt or become noticeable, Dr. Goldman will not even perform a nerve test until about the 30-day mark.
The first thing Dr. Goldman will do after you have been to the hospital is to perform a complete spinal examination, check for signs of a concussion, and try to ascertain if he needs to recommend any other specialty doctors.
Most Common Car Accident Related Injuries
The most common injuries resulting from a car crash are:
- Neck pain
- Lower back pain
Whiplash is often the cause of most of these symptoms. Please refer to our blog article dedicated to whiplash.
Chiropractic Care & Car Accident Related Injuries
Chiropractic care is a non-drug, non-surgical option for treating a variety of auto accident-related injuries. This is not to say that you won’t be advised to see a specialist for specific injuries; surgery and certain drugs may be necessary.
Dr. Goldman takes your overall health and well-being seriously and will evaluate your particular circumstances and advise appropriately. He has numerous specialists in his office, including a neurosurgeon, an orthopedic surgeon, and various therapists.
As we hope we conveyed in this article, Total Chiropractic Care & Wellness and Dr. Goldman personally take accident-related injuries very seriously. We want to help you get back to your life healthier and as pain-free as possible after an automobile accident. Contact us today.