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  • 5 Post Accident Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

    Immediately following a car accident, you may not realize that you have been injured. Whether you are in shock or your injury has not manifested yet – symptoms may not appear for hours or even days.

    If you were in a car accident but went home feeling fine, you should still be aware of the common post-car accident conditions that may develop. By associating these symptoms with your accident, you should be able to get the necessary chiropractic care to alleviate your pain.

    While these are not the only possible injuries to keep an eye out for, these issues are often associated with spinal injuries, which can be treated with chiropractic care.

    Headaches

    Some of the most commonly occurring car accident symptoms are headaches, which may show up the next morning or weeks later. These headaches have a variety of possible causes.

    • Tension headaches may be caused by anxiety, frustration, or stress – all of which are often present after a car accident. From dealing with insurance companies to covering expenses, tension headaches are given ample opportunities to appear.
    • A concussion should be checked out by a medical professional. In addition to headaches, a concussion may cause vision problems, nausea, light sensitivity, or mood, and appetite changes.
    • Whiplash may present with similar symptoms as a concussion. A sudden forceful impact can strain the muscles and tendons in your neck, although there are other possible injuries, including ligaments, joints, nerves, and discs. When whiplash appears, the pain can be significant, and make normal mobility impossible. Other symptoms of whiplash include dizziness, fatigue, pain in shoulder or neck, headaches and blurred vision, or muscular soreness and stiffness.

    Neck or Shoulder Pain

    Pain in the neck or shoulders may be caused by tension or anxiety, but can also be the result of nerve or tissue damage, or muscle and joint injuries. Whiplash and concussion may be accompanied by pain in these areas, so be sure to seek care as soon as these symptoms appear.

    Back Pain

    Back injury can show up after a car accident as an achy feeling, muscle tightness, or general discomfort. Unfortunately, it can also be excruciating and debilitating.

    • Shooting pain down the spine or extremities may indicate a pinched nerve
    • Pain in the lower back and radiating down the leg is likely sciatica. Sciatic pain may be a constant ache or a shooting pain.

    Numbness or Tingling Sensation

    Numbness or tingling in your neck, shoulder, back, or any extremities may indicate nerve or tissue damage.

    Changes in Vision or Hearing

    Whether they appear hours later or after several weeks, vision and hearing problems may be associated with your car accident. Double vision, blurred vision, and dizziness could be the result of a concussion, whiplash, or even post-traumatic stress. Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) may also be a result of car accident injuries, but most often will need to run its course, as there are few effective treatments for the problems.

    You don’t need to suffer from pain, numbness, tingling sensations, or limited mobility.

    The experienced chiropractic professionals at West Coast Wellness are ready to help you find relief and healing. If you or a family member have been in a car accident and are experiencing any of the above symptoms, call today.

    We can help to alleviate many of the injuries associated with car accidents or point you to a medical doctor if you need additional treatment.

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  • Your Nervous System & Chiropractic Care

    After a car accident, you may not feel that you have any injuries worth of medical treatment. In fact, you may feel fine at first, with seemingly no adverse effects at all. Unfortunately, your neck or back can begin to cause pain or discomfort weeks or even months later.

    If you are like many people, you may live with nagging symptoms for years, assuming that they aren’t that serious or that treatment won’t help. You may not even associate your specific symptoms with the accident. But when the discomfort begins to interfere with daily life, it is time to do something about it. You’ve likely heard that chiropractic care is the right solution for your neck and back pain, but how exactly does chiropractic work?

    Here is an explanation of how the nervous system works and how chiropractors treat nerve dysfunction, including that which is the result of a car accident.

    Nervous System Explained

    There are three parts to the nervous system.

    The central nervous system is comprised of the brain and spinal cord and is considered to be the primary processing function of the nervous system. The spinal cord transmits information to the brain for processing via multiple pathways, then returns relevant data to the extremities. A simple example of the central nervous system at work is walking. Our brain tells our legs to move, and our legs move accordingly, while keeping your balance. The sensory-motor pathways are vital for completing everyday tasks, even as we are not aware of their activity.

    The peripheral nervous system is made up of a similar “two-way street” system. Information is sent from feet, hands, arms, legs, fingers, and toes to the spinal cord, transmitting information back and forth.

    The autonomic nervous system is in charge of our organ functions, such as breathing, heart rate, and digestion, among others.

    All three systems are in constant communication with one another to keep our body functioning normally. However, many conditions can disrupt that communication, including spinal cord trauma and nerve or brain damage.

    Subluxation Complex

    The “subluxation complex”  describes a compromised nerve transmission, which can be the result of a compressed or irritated nerve. This nerve damage is typically due to an incorrect bone or joint position somewhere along the nerve’s course. Minimizing or eliminating nerve compression will facilitate the restoration of information transmission over the pathways, subsequently restoring function.

    For instance, a patient may be experiencing numbness in their hand and fingers. A chiropractor determines that the patient has a herniated disk in their neck, and by alleviating the pinched nerve, he can relieve the numbness.  Chiropractors may utilize spinal manipulation, mobilization, or exercises to treat the situation. Depending on your provider, they may also employ lasers, electric stimulation, or pulsed magnetic field technologies. These treatments achieve the desired results with minimal side effects or risk to the patient. Because of these benefits, many people choose to try chiropractic before any more invasive forms of treatment.

    At West Coast Wellness, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with us immediately following an accident. By doing so, we can align the spine and avoid the emergence of uncomfortable symptoms at all. However, if you are experiencing any strange numbness, tingling, pain, or loss of mobility, it is not too late to give us a call. We will work with you to naturally heal your body and return your nervous system to peak operating condition.

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  • The 5 Real Benefits of Chiropractic Care

    A chiropractor will align your spine, relieve stress and pressure, and fix the source of your pain and inflammation rather than mask the symptoms.

    But as you regain strength and health through chiropractic treatments, your body is benefitting in many other ways you may not realize. A properly functioning nervous system is necessary for true holistic health – not only to relieve pain and discomfort but to live your best life. Here are some of the many ways that you can expect your body to react to chiropractic treatment positively.

    Stress Relief

    Ongoing stress results in muscle tension, but chronic stress can do severe damage to your nervous system. A malfunctioning nervous system will significantly affect muscles, causing the body to begin to break down. Mental conditions may even manifest.

    Chiropractic adjustments will restore your body to a balanced state, reduce tension, and encourage relaxation. The enhanced state of relaxation will positively influence the brain and increase your ability to manage stress.

    Restoring Posture

    Sitting incorrectly and for long periods exerts significant pressure on the spine. This pressure will begin to curve or tilt the spine and cause undue stress on the neck. Chiropractic adjustments can restore correct posture and eliminate pain. Interestingly, it does not matter if you are old, young, or anywhere in between. Everyone can benefit from the realignment of the spine to relieve pressure and restore good posture.

    Improved Immune System

    During this COVID-19 crisis, the need to build up individual immunity has been in the spotlight. You may not realize the chiropractic adjustments can actually improve and support your immune system.

    Misaligned vertebrae cause more medical problems than you can even imagine. They block the effective performance of the nervous system, which is essential for relaying messages from the brain to every other part of the body – including immune cells. When the body cannot send information effectively, it begins to malfunction and get sick. A healthy nervous system – by virtue of a properly aligned spine – results in vastly better health overall.

    Better Sleep

    Quality sleep is one of the most critical components of a healthy lifestyle. However, many people suffer from lack of sleep due to stress, insomnia, or too much work. Many of these people also experience serious aches, pains, and sore muscles. While patients can visit a physician for a pharmaceutical solution, the results are fake and temporary. A chiropractor can offer long-lasting solutions, which will result in deep, restful sleep, relieving tense muscles, and putting the body back to right. Once restful sleep is restored, this positively affects all other aspects of life.

    Stay Chemically Balanced

    Our hectic lives can cause our bodies to be out of whack – lack of sleep, poor diet, and excessive stress can wreak havoc on the body’s chemical balance. The body operates most efficiently at a precise balance, and when the balance is upended. The body reacts. People who suffer from chemical imbalances may experience chronic fatigue and mood swings, which can ultimately disrupt one’s life. When the spine is aligned correctly, and the brain and body are effectively communicating, balance is restored across the entire system. This is why people with ADD and depression see significant positive results in chiropractic treatments.

    Clearly, chiropractic treatments offer benefits beyond fixing a sore back. It is not uncommon for a patient who comes in for treatment after a car accident will continue long after the back is realigned – because they feel so healthy and robust in every area of life.

    If you have recently suffered a car accident or are looking for a chiropractor to help with chronic pain and suffering, call West Coast Wellness. We will be happy to discuss your treatment options and further explain the broad range of benefits available to you through chiropractic care.

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  • Treating Chronic Inflammation

    Inflammation is not harmful in and of itself. It is the typical response of a body trying to protect itself from irritants and pathogens and begin to heal.

    However, chronic inflammation can result in severe consequences. It occurs when more inflammation is created in the body as a response to the inflammation which already exists. The body traps itself in a very unhealthy cycle, whereby the inflammatory response never stops, and the body starts to attack healthy tissue. Chronic inflammation is a hot topic in the health industry, as it is the culprit behind some of our most dangerous health conditions.

    The immune system develops in response to exposure to the surrounding environment. The more stressors which the immune system conquers, the stronger it becomes. When we take too many antibiotics to battle allergens and irritants, our immunity loses its ability to fight for itself.

    Chronic inflammation is caused by an imbalance in a weakened or compromised immune system. There are foods and lifestyle choices that will maximize the risk of chronic inflammation, such as not getting enough sleep, experiencing constant or excessive stress, or eating a carbohydrate-rich diet.

    Chronic inflammation can also occur when the sub-par immune system mistakes healthy tissue for unhealthy pathogens.

    People are rarely diagnosed with “chronic inflammation.” Instead, they may learn that they have rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, or multiple sclerosis. Other conditions that are associated with chronic inflammation include allergies and asthma, congestion, high blood pressure, indigestion, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, pain and stiffness in the joints, shortness of breath, and unexplained weight gain.

    To the average observer, chiropractic care would have very little to do with treating these conditions. What does the immune system have to do with your chiropractor?

    Your chiropractor is a powerful ally in the battle against chronic inflammation. As with most illness and injury, a chiropractor takes a very different approach when healing chronic inflammation than a medical physician. Instead of masking symptoms and easing pain with painkillers, a chiropractor allows the body to perform at optimum levels in the way it was designed to operate.

    Experts agree that adjustments assist in minimizing the production of two inflammatory substances, thus reducing inflammation throughout the entire body. In addition to the positive effects of spinal adjustments, lifestyle changes can have a positive impact on reducing the inflammation naturally.

    Your chiropractor will not prescribe medications but instead looks at holistic solutions to your pain. They will provide recommendations regarding a nutritious diet, as well as supplements such as Vitamin D and magnesium, which will help provide relief. When the body gets healthier, over time, it begins to build the immune system and will develop the ability to fight back.

    If you have been living a life dealing with pain and inflammation – and are tired of drugs which allow you to maintain and survive, but not thrive – call West Coast Wellness today. We will consult with you as to the best course of treatment to get your inflammation under control and your body back to wellness.  

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  • The Dangers of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)

    After a car accident, individuals often suffer many aches and pains. These may range in intensity or severity and can affect the joints, muscles, or head. Many people immediately reach for NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) for relief. This class of medications includes aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen – or more commonly, Excedrin, Motrin, Advil, and Aleve. Prescription-strength versions of these drugs are also available through a physician.

    NSAID’s are so accepted because by blocking chemical production in the body, they relieve both pain and inflammation. Many people assume that because a drug is sold over the counter, it is safe and without side effects. But even taking these drugs as directed for too long a period can cause side effects which are at best uncomfortable, but at worse, they can be dangerous. In fact, during the COVID-19 crisis, we hear reports that NSAIDs such as ibuprofen can aggravate the virus and make it worse. This news is alarming, given that people often take ibuprofen for the fever which can accompany this virus.

    NSAIDs are utilized for many of the types of injuries that are effectively treated through chiropractic care. Not only is chiropractic treatment natural and holistic, but it also avoids the following side effects of NSAIDs.

    • NSAIDs increase the possibility of heart attacks, strokes, and other heart conditions which result in death. Prescription NSAIDs seem to be the most dangerous in this regard, while naproxen (Aleve) represents the least amount of risk. Especially troubling is that the risk of heart problems increases over time. This class of drugs is often taken daily over long periods of time to deal with chronic pain.
    • Ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding have been observed in many who use NSAIDs regularly, especially if they take two or more of these drugs. Even if the more severe symptoms do not manifest, upset stomach and abdominal pain are often very common.
    • Those who take NSAIDs can experience decreased blood flow to the kidneys, which interrupts the organ’s ability to filter blood.
    • Men who take NSAIDs regularly are likely to experience reduced testosterone production, even to the point of affecting sterility and reproductive capability.

    Given the problems that NSAIDs can cause with your stomach, kidneys, heart, and gastrointestinal tract, finding a more natural alternative is worth your time. Chiropractic treatments will alleviate much of your aches and pains without putting the rest of your health at risk.

    If you suffer from neck or back pain due to a car accident, you may think that your only relief will come out of a pill bottle. But you do have an excellent alternative to NSAIDs. Chiropractic care has been proven to be more effective at pain relief than these drugs. While the medication will temporarily relieve the symptoms a patient is experiencing, they do not address the underlying cause of the pain. This explains how people can take painkilling drugs for years and years without permanent relief – the source of the pain is never eliminated.

    In contrast, chiropractic treatment will directly treat the source of the pain by aligning the spinal cord and taking pressure off discs and vertebrae. Instead of treating the symptom, it addresses the cause of the problem. In this way, you can be cured of your chronic pain – you don’t have to live with it.

    South Floridians are quickly waking up to the knowledge that there is a better way to treat everyday aches and pains. In fact, regular chiropractic adjustments are likely to not only relieve pain but to improve your overall well-being and quality of life.

    If you have been in a car accident, or if you suffer from neck or back pain that doesn’t seem to get better, don’t go to the medicine cabinet. Call West Coast Wellness today.

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  • Florida Car Accident Statistics That Will Shock You

    In the state of Florida, traffic accidents comprise the largest grouping of personal injury claims every year.  The 2019 Sarasota County traffic statistics show a relatively steady trend. There were 12,371 reported car crashes in 2019, which is only 150 accidents shy of the 2018 number. Traffic fatalities are relatively scarce, with 46 deaths recorded related to the total number of crashes.

    Because West Coast Wellness is the premier chiropractic practice treating car accident victims in North Port, we thought we would share some other interesting car accident statistics.

    • 95% of all vehicles involved in accidents are passenger cars and light trucks such as SUVs.
    • More than half the car accidents represent the 15-44 age group.
    • Teenagers between the ages of 15-19 suffer over 233,000 injuries annually
    • As a result of 6 million annual car accidents, over 2.2 million people suffer permanent injuries; approximately 245,000 of these individuals live in Florida.
    • Seat belts cut the risk of death by 45% and serious injury by 50%, however thousands of people still suffer injury due to seatbelts.

    Seat belts keep a driver’s or passenger’s head from hitting the windshield or steering wheel. But although the body is kept in place, the head typically thrusts forward and can cause significant damage to the neck or spine. Seat belts will save your life, but could cause a range of injuries, including:

    Each of these statistics represent real individuals who were injured by an accident. That indicates thousands of Sarasota and North Port area residents dealing with lingering aches, pains and trauma that are often the result of a car accident.

    If you have been involved in a car accident, it is important that you seek medical help, no matter how you feel. Many injuries do not begin to show symptoms for days, weeks or even months. It is especially important for you to set up an appointment of a chiropractor who can determine if your neck, back or spine has been injured. While a physician can tell you if you have a broken bone, a skilled chiropractor can help to holistically treat the trauma you have experienced so that it does not manifest as a chronic problem down the road. .

    Additionally, if you are seen by a Florida chiropractor within 14 days of your accident, your PIP car insurance will cover chiropractic care, and your chiropractor will help you to aggregate the documents and diagnoses that you will need to prove an injury.

    Early intervention from a chiropractor can reduce long-term or ongoing medical bills, minimize loss of wages, and improve quality of life going forward.

    If you have been in a car accident in the North Port area, make an appointment as soon as is practicable. Even if you have a clean bill of health from the hospital, it’s important to make sure that there is no swelling or inflammation around your vertebrae or discs. Chiropractic adjustments can quickly relieve pressure and put you back into alignment, greatly reducing your chances of developing pain if the trauma goes untreated for too long.

    Don’t become a chronic pain statistic. Call West Coast Wellness to discuss how we can put you on the road to total health. 

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  • The Benefits of Heat Therapy After An Accident

    Immediately following a car accident, you may not feel any pain. The adrenaline which kicks in “tricks” the body, which is why many people refuse medical assistance on the scene. However, it is not uncommon for those involved in an accident to feel stiffness and sore muscles in the days following the incident. These uncomfortable symptoms should not be ignored, as they are a signal from your body that it has suffered some trauma. In addition to calling a chiropractor to assess the health of your spine, you may wish to consider heat therapy.

    Thermotherapy utilizes heat to increase blood flow, which will help to alleviate the pain and discomfort you are experiencing. 

    One of the pervasive effects of a car accident is feeling “sore all over.” Because the adrenaline initially blocks the feelings of tenseness and exertion on your muscles, once the adrenaline subsides, your body lets you know how it feels. Heat therapy encourages your tense muscles to relax and to ease muscle spasms if they exist. Many people who are looking for pain relief without utilizing pharmaceuticals are likely to find this an effective treatment method.

    When areas of the body have been injured from an auto accident, the increased blood flow from thermotherapy is directed to body parts that need to be healed. Not only will it relieve symptoms temporarily, but it will accelerate overall healing.

    One of the best analogies to how you feel after an auto accident may be the way you feel after an intense workout. The achiness and soreness can be significant, and the stiffness you feel may adversely affect your daily life. Even though heat therapy can provide comfort,  any lack of mobility should not be dismissed lightly. Immediately call a chiropractor to rule out any traumatic injuries to your spine, neck, back, or nervous system.

    There are many moist heat packs available on the market to treat pain and discomfort. Heat gel packs and plug-in heating pads are also easily accessed. These products relax tense muscles, reduce soreness, speed up the healing process, and alleviate feelings of stiffness.

    Heat vs. Ice

    At this point, you may be wondering about the usage of cold press treatments versus heat therapy.

    When the body is injured, swelling and inflammation is the initial response. Applying ice within the first hours of an acute injury will result in the contraction of blood vessels, which will, in turn, reduce swelling. Once the inflammation has calmed down, apply heat to the injured area. The increase in blood flow provides nutrition and oxygen to the area, as well as providing muscle relaxation.

    Why Does Chiropractic Care Work?

    Chiropractors focus on the musculoskeletal system. By manipulating the spine, they can relieve tension and help muscles to relax – which will, in turn, alleviate pain and bring down inflammation.

    Each individual is unique. The best way to understand your injury and to relieve pain is to schedule an appointment with your chiropractor. He or she can help to identify any injuries which your body may have suffered. Chiropractors treat the injury not with drugs that mask the symptoms, but with treatment that heals the body.

    West Coast Wellness believes in the power of non-pharmaceutical, holistic treatments to achieve the best results for our patients. If you have been in a recent car accident and are experiencing soreness, stiffness or pain, you may wish to apply heat therapy. But don’t delay in giving us a call for professional assessment and treatment. 

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  • Choose Chiropractic to Avoid Opioids

    According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2019, an average of 130 Americans per day were dying of an opioid overdose. In fact, the opioid epidemic has caused an unprecedented crisis for everyday Americans who trusted their doctors to prescribe safe medication.

    In the 1990’s, physicians were assured that the new class of opioid drugs were not addictive and could be safely prescribed to those suffering pain, such as after a car accident. This led to hundreds of thousands of citizens being given opioids to combat their pain, to devastating results. By 2017 an average of 47,000 Americans were dying from the usage of these medications; and  1.7 million were dealing with crippling addictions.

    How could this happen? There are several reasons that opioids became so prolific. As stated above, the pharmaceutical industry told doctors that the drugs were safe to prescribe, and they did so freely.

    A second societal reason for the rapid acceptance of opioids may be the legality of drug advertising  to the direct consumer. The United States is one of only a handful of countries which allows this type of advertising, and the drug companies take advantage of it. Consumers are inundated with information regarding pharmaceutical drugs – whether over TV, radio, or in print. Over time, many consumers believe that the only answer to their pain is a painkiller, and insist on this type of remedy.

    No one blames the unsuspecting patient, who is simply in pain and looking for relief. For years, the data showing the addiction rate was not available, and many well meaning doctors prescribed these medications. But these statistics are now available, and may be shocking.

    • Up to 29% of patients prescribed opioids for pain will misuse them
    • Up to 12% develop addiction
    • Between 4-6% transition to heroin
    • 80% of heroin users began on prescription opioids
    • In just 14 months (July 2016 to September 2017) overdoses increased 30%.
    • Overdoses increased 54% in large cities and over 70% in the Midwest during the same period.  Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse.

    The Healthcare Dilemma

    The healthcare system in the United States currently does not encourage people to seek out healthcare which will work best for them. Rather, they are incented to choose the options which are covered by insurance. Therefore many are forced to choose pharmaceutical solutions because they are advertised to them and prescribed, versus holistic solutions which are exposed in a meaningful way.

    Yet the opioid crisis only accentuates the fact that many drugs prescribed by the medical community do not solve health problems – they simply mask symptoms. In many cases, such as described above, the drugs can make things exponentially worse.

    Chiropractic care, by comparison, treats the source of the illness or injury, safely and naturally. It is impossible to overdose on chiropractic care. And while you may “get addicted” to your chiropractic treatments, you will only get healthier and stronger.

    Take Control of Your Care 

    If you are experiencing chronic pain due to a car accident or any other reason, contact an experienced chiropractor today for a consultation.

    Staying healthy, and healing without the introduction of dangerous and addictive drugs, is crucial to your long-term health. Call West Coast Wellness today to discuss treatment options and affordable payment plans.

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  • First Things First: After a Car Accident

    The first moments after a car accident can be chaotic and confusing. In the rush of making sure everyone is okay, checking out the damage and exchanging documents, it can be easy to dismiss any small aches or pains you may be feeling.

    Of course, if you sustained serious injuries you may have been transported to the hospital. But for tens of thousands of motorists each year, treatment is denied because they “feel fine” and go home as soon as the paperwork is finished and the car is towed.

    If You Don’t Feel Pain

    If you’ve been involved in a car accident, however, you shouldn’t take the damage which may have been done to your body lightly.

    When human beings are put into a stressful or scary situation, adrenaline is released by the body. Adrenaline is associated with “fight or flight” syndrome, and allows an individual to get through the situation, often without feeling pain. This means that you may legitimately not experience pain, even if you have in fact sustained an injury.

    The problem is that if you have sustained an injury to your back, neck, or spine, it can grow worse over time. Someone who has recently been in a car accident may think they are uninjured, but begin to experience symptoms days or even weeks later. These symptoms may include numbness in the extremities, pain in the back or neck, or dizziness. If these symptoms occur later, you may not associate them with the accident.

    But if your vertebrae, discs or spine were injured, there may be swelling or inflammation surrounding the injury. If this is true, symptoms may not manifest for weeks, months, or even years. Sadly, much of the pain felt over the years can often be avoided rather easily with a visit to your chiropractor.

    But The Doctor Said You Were Fine

    Medical practitioners look for breaks, fractures, and internal bleeding. They will often send a patient home with a clean bill of health, never realizing that they have sustained an injury. The will typically prescribe a painkiller to handle any pain or inflammation you may be feeling. Unfortunately, those painkillers will only mask the pain from your injury – not heal or fix it.

    This is why even if you have seen an ER doctor or visited a physician, you should call a chiropractor as soon as possible. Chiropractors operate under a different set of protocols, seeking to restore the body to total, holistic health rather than simply treating a singular symptom. Through a series of adjustments, the damage done to your spinal column is remediated, often making ongoing pain medication unnecessary.

    In Conclusion

    If you have been in a car accident, it is important to make sure that you have not sustained any injury which could result in long term damage and unnecessary pain. Even if you have been to the emergency room and released. Call a chiropractor as soon as possible to ensure that your health is completely covered.

    Did You Know? In the State of Florida, your PIP insurance will cover the treatment of your injuries up to $10,000.

    At West Coast Wellness, we are committed to your total health both immediately following a car accident, and in the future. If you have any questions regarding treatment, call us today and schedule a free consultation.

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  • Chiropractic Care After An Accident

    According to the latest Florida statistics, there are more than 403,000 accidents on our roadways annually. This statistic breaks down to an average of 1,106 accidents per day, and Floridians sustain over 236,000 injuries per year. One of the most frequent accidents suffered in a car accident is whiplash.

    What is Whiplash?

    Whiplash is a neck sprain or neck strain, caused by abrupt backward and/or forward motion of the head. Although there are other instances when whiplash may occur – such as on an amusement park ride – its most common cause is car accidents. When a patient has suffered whiplash, the joints between vertebrae, discs, ligaments, muscles, or nerve roots may be damaged. Symptoms of whiplash may include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, pain between the shoulder blades, lower back pain, dizziness, numbness of the arm or hand, difficulty remembering, or sleep disturbance and fatigue.

    People who have been in a car accident often think they have not been injured, as the symptoms of whiplash can take 24-48 hours to manifest.

    If you have visited the emergency room after a car accident, consulting with a chiropractor is still recommended. The ER will often look for broken bones or internal bleeding, but will not necessarily discover misaligned vertebrae or damage to the muscular structure. Any prescribed pain relievers or muscle relaxants will typically mask symptoms for a time, but the pain and discomfort of whiplash will outlast the medications.

    Why a Chiropractor is Necessary

    Here are some additional reasons to consult a chiropractor experienced in car accident injuries is so important:

    1. Chiropractors have seen too many cases to take any car accidents, even a minor one, lightly. We will not dismiss any complaint you have about how you feel and can look specifically for the signs that you have suffered whiplash or a similar injury.

    2. Many people ignore the pain for weeks, months – or worse. The longer this type of car accident injury is left untreated, the more scar tissue can form. Eventually, most will seek chiropractic care, but not before needless pain. As you can imagine, the delayed treatment of an injury can cause a more costly and more complicated medical situation.  

    3. Many people are becoming increasingly averse to using addictive drugs such as opioids to treat pain. Even if addiction is not an issue, many side effects are considered to be unacceptable. The treatment a chiropractor provides is safe and natural and feels great as well. And unlike taking pain medication to deal with or mask the symptoms, a chiropractor will help you to restore your body.

    4. For many people, their first exposure to chiropractic care is following an auto accident. However, after treatment, many patients realize that they feel better overall, not just in regards to their injuries. Perhaps an unrelated chronic condition begins to clear up, or you recognize your immunity seems stronger. Whatever the result may be, patients are often surprised at how effective chiropractic treatment is, and opt to continue their care even after the initial treatment plan is complete.

    Does Insurance Cover Chiropractic Care?

    In the state of Florida, your PIP car insurance covers your treatment up to $10,000. So don’t worry if you don’t have health insurance, or are concerned about paying large hospital bills following your accident. Because Florida is a no-fault state, your own PIP car insurance covers your injuries up to $10,000.

    Don’t let the fear of the cost stop you from seeking the best possible treatment for your traumatic neck or back injury. At West Coast Wellness, you’ll find the caring medical professionals, state of the art equipment and latest methodologies to treat your injury efficiently. Call today for a free consultation.

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