Minor car accidents may create major pain through soft tissue damage and injuries, such as whiplash, that may not appear immediately. Paul Dancy, D.C., with offices in Oakland and San Leandro, California, treats the jarring result of a collision, relieves acute pain, and restores the body’s natural alignment. If you’ve been in an accident, call Dr. D. of of East Bay Chiropractic Group to make sure minor problems don’t become major issues.
In the case of a serious accident, the need for medical attention is immediately obvious. However, minor accidents may have no apparent effect on a person immediately after the accident. The forces transferred in an auto accident can be tremendous, and this shock gets transferred through the body. The soft tissues do a remarkable job of cushioning and protecting the skeleton and organs, and that’s why there may be no initial pain.
However, Injuries to soft tissue can hold misalignments and, without treatment, may result in more painful conditions, such as chronic arthritis, over time. Whiplash occurs in surprisingly minor bumps, because the neck supports the full weight and movement of the head. Seeing Dr. D. within a couple weeks of an accident assures that later problems are less likely to emerge.
Initially, Dr. D. does a physical and neurological assessment, ensuring there are no serious injuries that may lead to complications. This may include X-rays and a hands-on check of motion and response. If the patient has any pain or discomfort, Dr. D. addresses that next with the treatment suiting the nature of the injury. Since the spinal cord connects the brain to the body, treatment of the neck occurs even when pain happens in other parts of the body. Dr. D. recommends a series of treatments even after pain and mobility symptoms pass.
Whiplash is an injury to the neck muscles caused by rapid movement of the head. Even low-speed fender benders transfer enough force to cause this condition. Whiplash may cause several types of injury, including muscle spasm, ligament damage, joint inflammation, and damage of the shoulders and back. Treatment depends on the diagnosis. Dr. D. may also recommend home treatments, such as cold packs, neck supports, and exercises to extend the effectiveness of office care.
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"My first ever visit and I was scared about all the neck cracking and what not but he was excellent in his methods and what a great guy too."
"Dr. Dancy is the best!! Both my fiance and I go to him and have been for years. He always put me back in line. No complaints ever!!"
"Dr. D has earned my Best Chiropractor award on at least three occasions because of his skills. He has a great touch to sense where adjustment is needed."
"He cares, he is really good with understanding pain and his bedside manner is very soothing!"
"Dr. Dancy is the pain killer and I'm so happy to be pain free and a promising recovery quickly! "