Symptoms Not Always Obvious for Car Accident Injuries, Warns Chiropractor

BOCA RATON, Fla., Aug. 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Auto accident injury symptoms are not always obvious following a car accident, warns Boca Raton chiropractor Dr. Allan DellaBella, DC. The chiropractor recommends a full musculoskeletal evaluation following an accident to identify potential injuries, such as whiplash, that may have been caused by the accident. Injury chiropractic care is a natural, non-invasive treatment that restores proper alignment to the spine while helping injured soft tissues heal. Addressing the underlying injury is important for effectively managing pain without the need for drugs or surgery, says Dr. DellaBella.

Every year, millions of Americans will be involved in a car accident. With many of the symptoms not obvious until weeks or even months following the actual accident, these individuals may mistakenly believe they are healthy and wind up delaying critical treatment.

"Treating an auto accident injury can be tricky, especially since injury-related pain may not manifest itself until weeks following the initial accident," said Dr. DellaBella. "A full chiropractic exam can help detect musculoskeletal injuries, like whiplash, before obvious pain symptoms are present. Early detection can save patients from enduring serious pain."

Even if accident victims are treated in the emergency room or seen by a family doctor, this care typically focuses on physical injuries such as broken bones or bruising, says the chiropractor. Additionally, the primary means for treating injuries like whiplash is to immobilize the cervical spine, which the chiropractor cautions may be detrimental to the recovery process.

"Auto accident injuries like whiplash can have a profound and long-lasting effect on an individual's health and wellbeing," said Dr. DellaBella. "By diagnosing and treating these injuries promptly, we can reduce the risk for long-term complications and chronic pain."

Whiplash is one of the most common auto accident injuries that occurs when the force of an accident "whips" the cervical spine backwards and forwards beyond its normal range of motion. In addition to stiffness and soreness, this whipping action also causes neck pain, headaches, migraines, and other health problems.

"Chiropractic care is an effective, non-invasive treatment for whiplash and other auto accident injuries," said Dr. DellaBella. "Adjustments provide immediate pain relief while also helping the soft tissue in the neck relax and heal."

In addition to providing effective pain relief, Dr. DellaBella says that another benefit of a prompt chiropractic evaluation is that accident victims will know the extent of their injuries prior to settling with insurance companies. The chiropractor has more than 26 years of experience providing expert testimony in court to ensure accident victims receive fair compensation for injuries sustained during automobile accidents. Without a full evaluation in advance, auto accident victims may settle too early.

To schedule a diagnostic musculoskeletal exam with Dr. DellaBella, patients are urged to contact Shadowood Chiropractic Center as soon as possible.