According to some research, nearly 33% of all people injured in auto accidents (motor vehicle accidents - MVA's) seek treatment from Chiropractic Physicians. This is impressive given that the National Safety Council (NSC) has said that there are more than 12 million MVA's annually.
The reason individuals choose chiropractic care for treatment of injuries sustained in auto accidents is simple - Chiropractic Physicians excel in the treatment of soft tissue injuries, especially those of the spine. The most common injuries associated with auto accidents are sprains and strains of the spine, it's only logical that chiropractic be the treatment of choice.
Don't delay, call the office today at 561-746-4242 to schedule your appointment to have your injuries evaluated by Dr. Volstad at Jupiter's Volstad Chiropractic Clinic.
Auto Accident Related Statistics
1. What is a minimum speed to cause injury in a MVA?
Studies involving live humans have demonstrated that a motor vehicle accident of as little as 5 mph can induce cervical (neck) injury. However, other studies have shown that cars can often withstand crashes of 10 mph or more without sustaining damage.
2, How much time can pass before injuries become evident?
Symptoms arising from injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents were once thought to present immediately following the accident. However, research and clinic experience now demonstrate that a delay of symptom onset seems to be the norm. Also, delay of symptom onset does not eliminate the possibility of severe injury.
3. Will my symptoms resolve?
Many studies have found a significant number of individuals to be symptomatic for many months and even years after a motor vehicle accident. In one such study, 75 percent of individuals remained symptomatic 6 months after the accident.
Another study, published in the European Spine Journal, found that during the period of time between the first and second years following a motor vehicle accident over 20 percent actually had their symptoms worsen.
4. What is the likelihood that I will be involved in a auto accident?
The US Department of Transportation estimates that the typical driver will be in a collision of some type, on average, every 6 years.
Common Injuries and Symptoms
Motor vehicle accidents can result in a number of injuries and symptoms. This is due to the myriad of factors involved in an auto accident - i.e. vectors of the force, size and speed of the vehicles involved in the accident and the preexisting health conditions and age of the occupants.
The following is a list of many of the most commonly reported injuries and symptoms following an auto accident:
Whiplash - strain/sprain of the spinal muscles and ligaments
Head Injuries and Associated Symptoms
Extremity Pain, Numbness, Tingling