Auto Accidents

Auto Accidents Specialist
That seemingly mild fender-bender didn’t do too much damage to your car, but a collision as slow as five miles an hour could give you a whiplash that could cause you pain for years. What seems like a small injury at first could develop into something more serious over time if left untreated. Get checked out by Drs. Royce and Shelita McGowan or Dr. Kwame Jenkins at the McGowan Medical Centers in Jacksonville, Florida, right away no matter how small the jolt.

Auto Accidents Q & A

McGowan Medical Centers

How soon after an auto accident should I see a doctor?

You’ve been in an auto accident and you haven’t been taken to the emergency room. You’re lucky, but it may not be over.

If you feel like you’ve been injured in any kind of vehicular collision, it’s best to set up an appointment as soon as possible. It’s likely that the jostling and shaking of the violent impact could have caused more damage that you may be aware of at first. Often, it can take days before any pain or injury is even noticeable. That twinge in your neck, or ache in your shoulders should be checked out, even if no bruising or bumps are visible.

So, don’t delay, because it could lead to more serious damage that may become permanent. Studies show that untreated whiplash causes persistent symptoms in nearly half of the patients after a year, and symptoms show up in as many as 40% of patients after seven years.

How serious is whiplash?

Whiplash, caused by a sudden jerking motion of the head and body, is the most common injury suffered in an auto accident. Whiplash damages and twists the ligaments and muscles of the neck and back.

One in five people who suffer from whiplash has lingering pain and prolonged disability, which is why quick treatment from Drs. McGowan and Dr. Jenkins is essential. Other complications of whiplash from a car crash could include:

  • Persistent neck pain
  • Frequent headaches
  • Stiffness in back and neck
  • Depression or moodiness
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Numbness in arms or legs
  • Dizziness and vision problems
  • Fatigue or sleep disorders

More symptoms can arise, so a quick and thorough diagnosis is important.

What kind of treatments can be done?

The McGowan Medical Centers specialists can perform gentle chiropractic adjustments suited for whiplash injuries and other aches and pains caused by auto accidents.

Every case of whiplash is different, but often a chiropractic adjustment is necessary and provides immediate relief. The specialists may use devices, manipulation, relaxation, and stimulation to help soothe the irritated muscles and sore ligaments around the injured area.

 McGowan Medical Centers specialists can relieve pain by gently manipulating the joints in the direction where motion is restricted and muscles have tightened. They use devices and tools to gently adjust stiff joints and manipulate muscles with a low mass and high-velocity force. Call the specialists at the McGowan Medical Centers in Jacksonville to learn your best path for treatment.

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