Auto Accidents

Car_Accident_GilbertThe sudden impact of a car accident is enough to turn your life upside down.

We understand the bio-mechanical relationships that result in pain and discomfort from whiplash-type injuries.

Injuries to the neck caused by the sudden movement of the head, backward, forward, or sideways, is referred to as “whiplash”. Whiplash is most commonly received from riding in a car that is struck from behind or that collides with another object.

whiplash_gilbertWhen the head is suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its normal limits, the muscles and ligaments supporting the spine and head can be overstretched or torn. The soft, pulpy discs between spinal bones can bulge, tear or rupture. Vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position, reducing range of motion.

The spinal cord and nerve roots in the neck can get stretched and irritated. While the occupants can suffer considerable soft tissue injury, the car may be only slightly damaged.

The resulting instability of the spine and soft tissues can result in headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, pain in the shoulder, arms and hands, reduced ability to turn and bend, and even low back problems. As the body attempts to adapt, symptoms may not appear for weeks or even months later.

In addition to agonizing pain, whiplash-type injuries may also result in torn muscles, stretched tendons, inflamed joints, internal bruising, and bleeding.

Did you know that more than 50 percent of whiplash injuries also result in trauma to the lower back?

Just as it is important to get rid of pain, it is important to correct bio-mechanical “subluxations” and restore range of motion. Without proper healing, injuries can result in years of future discomfort.

Dr. Andreasen has successfully treated thousands of auto accidents and industrial injuries for more than 15 years. We have learned that prompt care following an accident helps speed the healing process. Without proper care, injuries can heal with increased “non-elastic” or scar tissue. That’s why just taking pain medication alone won’t result in optimal healing.

We understand accidents and how to handle the necessary paperwork.

Call us today for a same day appointment at (480) 279-4441

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