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Auto Accident Injury Care


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  • Auto Accident Injury Diagnosis
  • Auto Accident Injury Treatment
  • Auto Accident Injury Documentation
  • Deep tissue Massage Therapy
  • Physiotherapy Rehabilitation

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  • In Most cases our office accepts Auto Accident Injury Liens so our patients do not have to pay out of pocket.
  • Your first consultation is always free.

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Common Auto Injury Symptoms

If You Are Experiencing Any of These Symptoms,

You May Be Suffering From A Hidden Or

Soft Tissue Injury…

  • Muscle Stiffness
  • Spasms
  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness And Tingling
  • Mid-Back Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Memory Loss
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty Concentrating

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Minimal Impact vs. the Severity of Injuries

 

 

            “The truth is that all driving can be dangerous.  More than 80 per cent of all car crashes occur at speeds less than 40 mph.  Fatalities involving non-belted occupants of cars have been recorded at as slow as 12 mph.  That’s about the speed you’d be driving in a parking lot.”  Seat belt safety pamphlet, (D) Y HS 802 152, distributed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Administration.

 

            “Fifty percent (50%) of people involved in forces produced by an 8 m.p.h. collision with experience concussions.” White, A.A. M.D., and Ponjabi, M.M. PhD., Clinical Biomechanics of the Spine, Lippincott, (1978), pg. 154.

 

            “The inertia of the car that has been struck will depend not only on its weight but also on factors that will allow it to roll easily; for example, slippery road conditions, whether the breaks were on, and whether the car had automatic or standard transmission.  A car that is moving slowly will accelerate more rapidly than one that is stationary.

 

            The amount of damage sustained by the car bears little relationship to the force applied.  To take an extreme example: if the car was struck in concrete , the damage sustained might be very great but the occupants would not be injured because the car could not move forward, whereas, on ice [transmission in neutral, foot off the brake, wet pavement, etc.], the damage to the car could be slight but the injuries might be severe because of the rapid acceleration [of body parts] permitted.” MacNab, Ian, F.R.C.S., “Acceleration Extension Injuries of the Cervical Spine,” The Spine, 1982, Second Edition, Vol. 2, pg. 648, 647-660.

 

            “The amount of damage to the automobile bears little relationship to the force applied to the cervical spine of the occupants.  The acceleration of the occupant’s head depends on the force imparted, the moment of inertia of the struck vehicle, and the amount of collapse or force dissemination by the crumpling of the vehicle.  The inertia of the struck vehicle is related to the weight and the relative ease with which the vehicle rolls or moves forward.”  Charles Carroll, M.D., Paul McAfee, M.D., Lee Riley, Jr., M.D., “Objective Findings for Diagnosis of “Whiplash.” Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine, March, 1986, pp 57-74.

 

            “The accident does not need to be severe in order to generate cervical trauma.  Using the brakes when the light suddenly turns red ad when the neck is too relaxed is enough to cause trauma.  The neck may be projected backwards even though not violently.  The head, which weighs five kilograms and is balanced over the cervical spine, being supported by only two small articular surfaces no greater that a thumbnail, is also thrown backwards pulling the cervical spine with it.  In addition, a sudden reflex contraction of the flexors on the neck occurs with a certain delay.

 

            It is easy to imagine that the joint injuries are not the same if during a collision, or any other accident, the head is directed along the axis of the impact or if the head is rotated or if the impact is directed laterally.  In the final analysis, it is the result of the injury which is important.”  Robert Maigne, M.D., Orthopedic Medicine: A New Approach to Vertebral Manipulations, CC. Thomas, 1972, p. 196.

 

            “The position of the head at the moment of collision influences the type of injury. This is particularly true of the degree of rotation in relation to the direction of the impact… the foramen are open equally when the head faces forward but are narrowed on the side toward which the head is laterally flexed or to which the head is turned.  Not only will the already narrowed foramen be compressed more, but the torque effect on the facets, capsules, ad ligaments will be far more damaging.  Rotating the head at the time of collision increases the possibility of more serious injury.”  Rene Cailliet, M.D., Neck and Arm Pain, 1972, Davis Company, p. 69.

 

            Note:  Whether or not the occupants’ head is turned at the time of the collision, may be one mechanism explaining hoe serious injury may result from low speed impact.  The ability of the neck to expend (move backwards) is reduced by almost 50 per cent when the head is turned to either side.  As a result, if an impact would occur (even at low speed) when the occupants’ heads were turned, the neck would not be ale to extend as far before overstretching and tearing of the capsules and ligaments would begin, thereby producing more serious damage.

 

            “J.T. McLaughlin has shown that when a 3,500 lb. traveling at 10 m.p.h. strikes the rear of another car it may transmit to this car a force of 25 tons.  The person’s body [in the car that is struck] continues to move forward while, [then head] being hinged at the neck, snaps backward.  The average head weighs about 8 lbs., and the cervical vertebrae are very delicate; the force that is pushing the head backward is even greater than believed, since the base of the neck acts as a fulcrum and the leverage is applied near the top of the head.  Therefore, the head snaps back with the equivalent of several TONS of force – without any support, since “the muscle control of the neck is caught off guard.”  The end result, is a momentary posterior subluxation of the various joints with fleeting narrowing of the foramina, so that the nerve root is caught in a pinchers between the superior and inferior facets.”  Seletz, M.D., “Whiplash Injuries,” Journal of the American Medical Association, (Nov. 29, 1953) pg. 1752.

 

            In other words, if a car is hit from behind causing it to move at a speed of 18 k.p.h. (10.8 m.p.h.) within 0.1 second there is a 50-percent probability of cerebral contusion for the occupants.” White, A.A. M.D., and Panjabi, M.M. PhD., Clinical Biomechanics of the Spine, Lippincott, (1978), pg.154.

 

            “Injuries may result from sudden acceleration and deceleration of motor-powered vehicle even in the absence of crash accidents.  The rapid acceleration of motor vehicles, which our present high-powered engines permit, may cause a forceful hyperextension of the neck of an unsuspecting passenger.

 

            The sudden deceleration of a moving vehicle, which the very effect power brakes make possible, may avoid a crash accident, but the unprepared passenger may keep going into the dash or the windshield, the back of the front seat or onto the dash or the windshield, the back of the front seat or onto the floor as the case may be.  How many times have we seen purses, boxes, suitcases, children and dogs thrown forward, to be stopped only by contact with a stationary part of the car?”  Ruth Jackson, M.D., The Cervical Syndrome, Fourth ed., 1977, C.C. Thomas, p.103.

 

            “The symptoms referable to the cervical spine may have occurred immediately following an injury or the symptoms may have appeared a few hours, days or even weeks after the injury.  They may have appeared suddenly or they may have come on gradually.”  Jackson, Ruth, M.D., The Cervical Syndrome, Cherles C. Thomas., Co., (1977), Pg. 160.

 

            “The primary consideration, however, seems to be time, which allows the soft-tissue lesions to heal.  The patient may be symptomatic for 2 or 3 days, months or years.”  White, A.A. M.D., and Panjabi, M.M. PhD., Clinical Biomechanics of the Spine, Lippincott, (1978), pg. 158