Automobile accidents can be one of the most frustrating, overwhelming and frightening experiences of our lives. The majority of crashes do not result in serous injuries but many can cause permanent residuals. Acute traumatic injuries, due to motor vehicle collisions, can cause neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, headaches, dizziness and more. Some acute pain can linger and transform into chronic pain that can last for a lifetime. The extreme forces due to the acceleration and deceleration changes from an automobile accident can damage, muscles, ligaments, vertebral discs, organs and even the brain. Many accident victims also suffer emotional trauma due to motor vehicle crashes. It is very important that you seek chiropractic treatment from a doctor of chiropractic with extensive experience dealing with automobile accident patients.
Prevention is one of the best ways to ensure the you remain injury free. Many automobile accidents are cause by distracted drives. Don't text or talk on your mobile phone when you drive. One in four automobile crashes in the United States is caused by a cell phone according to the National Safety Council. Twelve states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands have made it illegal to use handheld cellular phones while driving. 43 states that have banned texting while driving. Most of these states allow a police officer to ticket a driver for texting without any other traffic violation. Driving while impaired is another common cause of motor vehicle collisions. The number of drivers involved in fatal automobile crashes in Colorado testing positive for marijuana has nearly doubled since 2013. The percentage of marijuana impaired drivers in fatal automobile crashes has risen sharply each year since the recreational use of marijuana was legalized in 2012, in Colorado. The total number of drivers involved in fatal automobile accidents in Colorado increased about 40 percent from 2013 to 2015. During that same time, there was a 17 percent increase in drivers in fatal automobile accidents testing positive for alcohol. Driving while impaired is unacceptable.
Keeping you body in good physical condition not only helps prevent injuries but helps you recover faster if you are involved in an automobile accident. Regular exercise helps strengthen your muscles and improves your flexibility so you are better able to withstand the forces caused by a "whiplash" type automobile accident.
It is important to have your injuries examined as soon as possible following an automobile accident. Delays in treatment make it more likely for you to develop chronic pain.
Dr. Greg L. Crawford D.C. has over 30 years of experience treating automobile accident patients in Fort Collins, Colorado. He works with other medical specialists to ensure that his patients get the appropriate care for their physical and emotional needs following a traumatic injury. He understands the documentation necessary for his patients to receive appropriate care and appropriate compensation should the automobile accident results in litigation.