What Should I Do After My Car Accident?
Today, Mike has his friend, Dr. Tommy Lane of Lane Family Chiropractic talk about car accidents.
Hi I’m Mike Hancock of the Hancock Law Firm. Periodically you’ll be hearing from me and some of my friends in the Carrollwood community who are specialists in their respective fields. We’re going to be sharing some videos from my law firm and from some of my friends who are in the Carrollwood community about legal issues and other issues that might be interesting to you.
Hi I’m Dr. Tommy Lane with Lane Family Chiropractic in Carrollwood, Florida. I basically want to give you a few tips about what to do after a car accident. One you’re in the accident, In the moment you don’t know what’s happening you kind of tighten up, you stiffen up, the accident happens. Shortly after the accident you’re kind of stunned and confused you notice that nothing’s broken nothing you’re not bleeding so you kind of dismissed that you may be hurt or may not be hurt of course you attend to your cart, to the situation definitely file a police report. Get a police report in any situation that you can cause that’s going to say who’s at fault he’s not at fault.
Secondly what I would do as I would get checked out. Get checked out by medical professional. Whether it’s a chiropractor whether it’s an emergency room whoever it may be definitely get checked out. Too many times I see patients come into the office and what they come in for is; chronic conditions and always ask them in their history I asked him how do you get this chronic condition and one thing I relate back to his motor vehicle accident and they say well you know as a minor fender bender I was just tapped from behind so you may not associate symptoms with the motor vehicle accident with what’s going on in maybe a day 2 days 3 days weeks later even months. Later usually those symptoms can be lingering in the cause a lot of soft tissue injuries for instance so if you’re having that you had car accident you weren’t broken, bleeding, you felt fine you went home he took it easy the next day or two you may have headaches, blurred vision you may have neck pain you may have low back pain and maybe a couple days afterwards you won’t associate that you may think is your normal neck pain what that accident has done is it is whiplash, strained or sprained some of those ligaments, tendons and muscles to causes injuries.
So with that said headaches neck pain low back pain blurred vision can be associated with that car accident because if you look at it the body has been shifted and misaligned. The cars designed to take the impact your body is not. The car’s bolted down you’re not so all those things and come into play when you’re involved in a sense what we do at Lane Family Chiropractic is we thoroughly check you out from head to toe to make sure that you’re not having a concussion or blurred vision type symptoms. We make sure that you’re having any of the neck pain, whiplash pain, strain, lower back pain. Those are the things we look at. How do that, we do a thorough exam through consultation and in the exam and the consultations were trying to dive in your history we want to find out what orthopedic and neurological tests you’re either failing or you’re passing. We also want to do X-rays on your on your neck and your spine we want to find out if anything shifted or misplaced now. That’s a subtle thing people look at that and they go well you know what my neck is always been my neck pain but the thing is that we want to check and make sure that neck pain is related to the car accident, look for the whiplash such symptoms
After the x-rays we will start treatment. With the treatment it may take weeks, it may take months I have had cases that have taken years. Whatever its going do we are going take care you make sure that you get the care they need so don’t dismiss a car accident whether some minor fender bender or not you want to make sure you get checked out as if you don’t get checked out those soft tissue injuries those acute injuries can become chronic injuries later on so make sure you get checked out by some health-care professional.
Whether the extra be at the emergency room, whether the chiropractor whether it be your physician anybody that’s licensed that can handle that. I’m Dr Tommy Lane with lane Family Chiropractic current practice in Carrollwood Florida.