Chronic Neck Pain and Auto Accidents

Chronic neck pain doesn’t often go unnoticed. If you experience it, there’s probably no ambiguity about the way it affects your daily life and wellbeing.  The muscles in your neck are constantly in use, and when your movement feels inhibited or causes you pain, it can become very frustrating—especially if you’re not sure of the cause.  We’ve had patients come in for treatment of chronic neck pain who cannot recall a direct or recent trigger for their pain. It’s not until we ask them if they’ve ever been in an auto accident, even a minor one, that helps the patient and we gain some insight into their problem.  Many are surprised to learn that it’s possible to experience pain from an accident, even if it happened months ago and no apparent injuries occurred. Chronic neck pain is among the most common results of an accident, even if it wasn’t a major impact.

While common and unfortunately inhibiting, chronic neck pain and damage to soft tissue can easily be treated through chiropractic care.  In many cases, an adjustment can realign the body and enable the proper innate healing response that repairs physical trauma and symptoms resulting from subluxations.  Chronic neck pain that can persist for weeks may be healed after just one or few basic treatments. Of course, relief starts with a basic exam that will help us determine the underlying cause of your neck pain, and subsequently, the most effective and natural way to relieve you of it.

If you’ve been injured in an auto accident it’s important to seek treatment immediately, even if you’re not experiencing any symptoms.  Remember, there is often a lag in the onset of symptoms following an automobile accident.  The Florida PIP law has changed for 2013.  The new law limits the amount of time that individuals have to receive PIP benefits following an accident.  If you are insured in the state of Florida, your personal injury protection (PIP) may no longer cover you for a maximum of $10,000.00.  However, you will still be required to pay the premium to have the coverage.  After an accident, unless you seek treatment within 14 days, you will forfeit your right for medical treatment under PIP.  There is never a good time to get injured in an automobile accident.   Please do not wait to call us, even if you are at fault.  Our doctors and staff will work diligently in an effort to restore your health and ease your mind during this stressful time.

source – Dr. David B. Thomson B.Sc. D.C.

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