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Early Intervention After Auto Injury

This video focuses on the importance of contacting a health-care provider right away after an auto collision. It’s common for people to wait to get treatment after a car accident, but this approach can be a mistake.

A number of scientific studies show that when a patient gets treatment early after an accident, they have better outcomes than patients who wait. During a crash, the tissues of your neck can be stretched or torn. You may not feel pain right away but as the tissues become swollen and inflamed, patients often wake up the next day with a sore, stiff neck.

Getting early treatment will break up this pattern by increasing movement in the injured area and by preventing the development of scar tissue. A doctor of chiropractic can help you recover from auto injuries like whiplash, headache, and neck pain.

References

Rosenfeld M, Gunnarsson R, Borestein P. Early intervention in whiplash-associated disorders: a comparison of two treatment protocols. Spine 2000; 25(14): :1782-7.

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