Motor Vehicle Accident/Personal Injuries
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you will need to see a doctor to evaluate your injuries. This is true regardless of whether you’re pursuing a claim or just want to make sure you are fine and don’t require any further treatment. Injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents are not always obvious. For example, you might not see any tissue damage or have any broken bones, but you can still end up with long-term back or neck pain if you don’t seek early and appropriate treatment.
We understand that accidents happen and that they can make a huge impact on your life. They cause a lot of pain and increase stress in many ways. To make it a lot easier on you we have put together the following information that covers nearly everything you need to know about how to reduce the pain and the stress from your accident.
We have helped hundreds of people who have been in auto accidents over the past 25 years. The information listed below highlights what we have found to be the most helpful for the hundreds of patients we have seen who have been involved in auto accidents. This may be your first accident but it is not ours. We will help you navigate all the different parts of your care from the injury to the paperwork.
We Can Help you:
- Get out of pain fast!
- Find the best doctor or therapist for the type of injuries you have.
- Get an accurate diagnosis so you can get the most effective treatment.
- Find someone who will help you understand exactly what has happened to your body and how to get better fast.
- Have a clear picture of how long it takes to get better.
- Learn proper pain relief skills, proper stretching and exercises to heal optimally.
- Understand how PIP or 3rd party auto accident insurance works, who to contact after an accident, learning about subrogation, making sure you aren't settling your claim before you are back to pre-injury status. While we are not attorney's and are unable to give legal advice, we are able to help answer questions or point you in the right direction of a list of professionals able to help.
How We Can Help: The More You Know the Better You Will Feel!
There are so many things to consider after you have been in an accident and for most people this can be overwhelming. Being injured is hard enough but how you choose to approach your care can make a huge impact on how fast and well you heel.
Benefits of Working With Lake Country Health Center:
- We have 2 doctors, 2 licensed massage therapists, and a personal trainer who are experts with auto injuries
- Our state of the art facility offers doctors who truly care and specialize in auto accident injuries. They do their best to get you the most accurate diagnosis which ultimately enables faster and more effective treatment, getting you back to what you love.
- We will teach you stretches and exercises along with techniques to protect yourself during the course of your care.
- You will have a clear understanding of how long it will take you to heal properly.
- We offer consistent education of proper lifting, moving, stretching, and strengthening techniques to feel better now and years following the accident.
- Our Insurance/Billing specialist and Financial Coordinator will help you find out all the details of your coverage so you don't have to stress about your care. If you have any questions about coverage for your care, please call Chrystal or Lindsay at (262) 646-5800.
At our office, Dr. Dan, Dr. Brandon, and Dr. Martin will check for the following after a motor vehicle accident:
Whiplash is a non-technical, non-medical term used to describe a number of neck injuries. Although, whiplash can be caused by a number of things, it’s most commonly associated with car accidents and it occurs when the impact of a crash causes your head to snap forward and then back.
The first step in determining whether you have whiplash is to examine your symptoms.
Common signs of a whiplash injury include:
- Neck pain
- Stiffness on the neck and shoulders
- Dizziness and fatigue
- Blurred vision and/or difficulty concentrating
- Ringing in the ears
- Pain when moving your head
The injury is considered more serious if more areas of the body are involved. For example, if you feel pain or numbness in your arms or shoulders, this indicates a more serious problem than if you only feel discomfort on your neck.
If we suspect a fracture, dislocation, or soft tissue injury, they might recommend x-rays or a MRI to evaluate the extent of the damage.
In most cases, whiplash is treated through rest, adjustments, massage therapy, and the application of ice/heat.
Depending on the type of car accident you were involved in, you might also experience mid or lower back pain. This is different to whiplash, which affects the upper part of your back and shoulders.
Back pain due to a car accident can be short-term, mostly caused by the sudden jolt or force of the impact. Short-term pain is often connected to a muscle injury. Back pain can also be chronic, which often occurs when the spine or tissues surrounding the spine are damaged.
Left untreated, pain can lower your quality of life and lead to other problems in the future. Dr. Dan or Dr. Brandon will evaluate the reason for your back pain through a series of x-rays, if necessary, depending on the location and the type of pain you’re experiencing. They will recommend treatment accordingly to allow you the opportunity to function optimally again.
Soft Tissue Damage
Soft tissue injuries are injuries to the nerves, tendons and ligaments. Sometimes the muscles are also injured during a car accident.
These type of injuries can vary from mild sprains and strains to micro-tears of the fibers of the muscle and tendons. Whiplash is a form of soft-tissue injury, but you can also injure your back, shoulders and even arms during a car accident.
Soft tissue damage is hard to diagnose because it sometimes doesn’t show in x-rays or other machinery. At our clinic, we look not only at the results of tests, but also at your symptoms and levels of pain and discomfort to diagnose a soft tissue injury and help you find the best treatment option for it.
Don’t delay – get motor vehicle accident care as soon as possible to prevent health complications and lasting effects in the future.