Chiropractors are uniquely qualified through training to diagnose and treat car accident whiplash injuries. This video gives a brief explanation of why your best chance for recovery after a car accident is to see a chiropractor.
Rather than seeing just any chiropractor, you might want to consider a chiropractor who is a recognized expert in Orange County, a doctor who since 1986 has logged hundreds of hours in post-doctorate specialty training in whiplash and brain trauma, auto accident reconstruction, orthopedics, legal aspects of personal injury and more. A doctor who has also taught other doctors and lawyers in the practice of personal injury.
Looking for an Orange County Chiropractor for your whiplash injury? Consider Dr Barry Marks, Chiropractor and car accident injury specialist in Orange.
Chiropractic is the Best Treatment for Whiplash Injuries
Many studies have been done over the years proving that neck and back injuries caused by automobile accidents respond best to chiropractic treatment. Because chiropractor pain relief treatment focuses on healing and restoring spinal joint function, it is getting to the root cause of whiplash pain. Medicines merely mask or cover up the pain leaving the joint injured and allowing it to deteriorate over time. And although physical therapy does work on movement of the muscles and joints, physical therapy does not address underlying biomechanical misalignment and malfunction making the treatment incomplete.
Did You Know There are Chiropractors Specializing in Car Accident Whiplash?
Many chiropractors treat whiplash, but there are a handful of chiropractors who have dedicated their professional lives to the specialty of whiplash and brain trauma. Like any other specialist, these doctors spend years in the classroom learning the intricate details of not only spinal trauma, brain injury, rehabilitation and other medical topics, but they also study forensic principles, legal issues, courtroom procedures, depositions and trials, admissibility of evidence and more to be fully capable of handling a case from first treatment all the way to providing expert witness testimony in court if needed. It is estimated that less than 10% of chiropractors actually specialize in whiplash through formal specialized training.
Like any professional, you will be asked to complete the usual demographic paperwork, but if you are seeing a car accident injury specialist, you will also complete forms asking about the details of your accident and how you felt immediately after and what you did following the accident. You will also be asked to fill out specialized questionnaires that are designed to determine what level of injury you have and its affect on your daily activities. These questionnaires are sued by specialists world-wide and document such complaints as stress caused by the collision, dizziness, headaches, sleep disruption, neck pain, back pain and others. The questionnaires are repeated after a period of treatment to assess your recovery. Objective forms like these are used by specialists to inform insurance companies, lawyers and juries that an injury did take place, how the injuries responded to treatment and if there are any residual or left over impairments in your daily activities.
Car Accident Examination
Once you have completed paperwork, your chiropractor will discuss the accident and your answers to questions before performing an examination. The examination of a traumatic injury needs to be thorough. It should encompass evaluating your muscles, bones, joints, nerves, brain, and motion. The exam should also include a specialized chiropractic spinal function exam to determine where any malfunctions are occurring in the spinal joints. The exam should be the equivalent of getting an examination by an orthopedic specialist, a neurologist as well as a chiropractor. It will take some time; you will be asked to move in certain positions, the doctor will touch (palpate), move various joints, push and pull on your body, and various other activities to find injured tissues. If your exam is a 5 minute touch here and there and hit your knee reflexes and then done, you have not had a proper examination. There is no short cuts in an auto accident injury exam, every possible injury must be looked for and if found, properly documented.
Car Accident X-rays
X-rays are mandatory after a car collision. Mandatory. Fractures and dislocations can occur, but are not common, but the reason x-rays are mandatory is that a whiplash expert will analyze your x-rays, take measurements and categorize the severity of your injury based on the findings. Many non-specialist doctors do not know the proper method of x-ray analysis and documentation that is acceptable in courts as evidence and often miss the opportunity to document a serious injury that requires specialized treatment and deserves a higher settlement.
Car Accident Spinal Motion Testing
Actual measurements of your spinal motion using an electronic device is a very good practice. Most medical doctors and chiropractors merely analyze motion by observation and make “guesstimates” of degrees of motion by eye. This is unacceptable. Motion analysis in this manner is easily defeated by insurance medical defense experts and will not carry any weight in a courtroom if it is even allowed into testimony. Objective verifiable data using accepted methods is the best procedure.
Car Accident Report of Finding and Recommendations
Once your exams and x-rays are completed, your specialist chiropractor should then sit down with you and explain all the findings, explain in common language what is wrong with you, what the severity is, what treatments are available and what your prospects for recovery are. Please note that at least half of all whiplash injuries involve some degree of permanent injury. Your chiropractic doctor must explain this to you fully. An agreement should then be made to commence treatment.
Many pages can be written on chiropractic treatment for whiplash injuries from a car accident. The basics are that any treatment given needs to be accepted by mainstream chiropractic standards, must be acceptable and defensible in court and must provide relief of treatment AND as much as possible repair or restore normal mechanics and function to the injured spine. There are scores of chiropractic “techniques” or systems of analysis and treatment. Many are well respected and acceptable in a car accident injury case. Some however, are not. This is not to delegitimize some chiropractic theories. Some theories of practice that are not well received by courts of law may well work, but you do not want to complicate your case by having to defend the use of controversial treatments when a car accident case is already an uphill battle. Again, this is where a specialist in auto accident trauma is your best bet because they will only use accepted forms of treatment. After your case you may return to your general chiropractor and pay for any treatments you feel comfortable with.
Treatment should include therapy modalities to relive pain, decrease inflammation and muscle spasm and promote healing. Heat, ice, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, cold laser are all modalities that are not only effective in relieving your condition, but also make the treatment more tolerable and relaxing. Exercises should be given immediately and the intensity of exercise should gradually increase throughout care. Of course the main treatment that separates chiropractic from all other forms of care and is the number one reason it is so successful is chiropractic spinal manipulation or adjustments. Gentle movements of your spinal joints by hand unlock stuck joints, give motion to areas that are lacking motion and stimulate the nerves to reduce pain. It may seem counter intuitive to have someone move your spine around when you are in pain, but a good chiropractor will be able to move your spine with little discomfort and restore motion when other methods cannot. Adjustments allow the spine to function more optimally which allows the body to heal. There may be times your chiropractor decides not to adjust based on your symptoms and exam findings, that is up to the individual doctor and he or she should have a compelling reason to avoid adjustments. Treatments will start out at multiple times per week then scale down as you improve. Total treatment duration for whiplash depends on many factors, but very mild injuries may be resolved in 1-2 months, moderate injuries in 3-6 months and more severe injuries can take a year or more.
Chiropractor for Whiplash Orange County
You have just learned why chiropractic is successfully used for car accident whiplash injuries. You have also learned that not all chiropractors are the same and that a small percentage of chiropractors actually specialize in this field. Lastly you learned what to expect when visiting a chiropractor for a whiplash injury. You are now able to make a more educated decision on who you want treating your painful injuries.
Car Accident Doctor Orange County, California 92868
Car Accident Doctor Orange, CA 92868
Suffering from a car accident is bad enough, but it is only the beginning...
You now have to deal with:
How to fix your car
How to get a rental car to get to work
My neck hurts, what kind of doctor do I see?
Who is going to pay for all this?
Do I need a lawyer?
These are all reasonable questions to ask after a car accident in Orange County, California.
Instead of worrying about ALL these things, concentrate on a couple of the most important points that will let all the other things fall into place without as much stress.
Tips from an Orange County California Car Accident Doctor:
Day 1, Hour 1:
Call the responsible party's auto insurance and open a claim. Give them only the details of the accident, what happened and emphasize it was the other party's (their insured's) fault. Make a note of the time, date and name of person who takes your info. Write down the claim number if they give you one. Tell them you are injured and seeking medical attention and also you need a rental car ASAP because you need to work, go to school, drive kids around, etc.
Call your insurance and report the accident, give them all the details about what happened and the responsible party.
Confirm with your auto insurance company that you have UNINSURED MOTORIST coverage in case the other party ends up not having insurance and conform if you have and the amount of MEDICAL PAYMENTS COVERAGE. The insurance adjuster may say it's going to be handled by the other insurance and you don't need to make a claim. This is incorrect and they are just trying to get out of doping their job, which is represent you and make your entire policy available to you to take care of your needs.
Even if you have a mild headache or just stiffness in the neck, tell them you want to open a bodily injury claim and you are going to or already have seen a doctor.
Ask if you have RENTAL CAR INSURANCE, you need to get to work, school, etc
Day 1, Hour 2:
Call a car accident doctor, a doctor who specializes in only car accident injuries. This is a field of specialty more specialized than general medicine or chiropractic, orthopedics or neurology. Make an appointment to be seen ASAP. It should be within 3 days of the accident to prevent any problems later.
Day 1, Hour 3:
Make arrangements for a car to borrow, share or download Uber app on phone to get to important appointments. If you rent a car on your own, you will get reimbursed but a very small amount so get the cheapest car you can and when the other person's insurance offers make a switch to a rental car place of their choosing to avoid any out of pocket costs.
Day 2 or 3:
Go to the Car Accident Doctor appointment. Take your car insurance info and health insurance info, yes both. Auto insurance is almost alwasy secondary to health insurance. You will be given a thorough examination and asked to complete questionnaires about how you feel and how the accident has affected your daily activities. You may be given a referral for x-rays or other diagnostic work. Follow the doctors advice in treatment, home care, etc. and make sure they are accessible in case you have questions later.
Things are progressing. By now, you should have a car accident injury specialist picked and an appointment or have already been to them and are under care. You should also have made contact with the other insurance and possibly have a place to take your car for an estimate. You may have already procured a rental car at the place the estimate is being done at depending on how bad your car is. By now you will know what insurance you personally have to cover your bills. Whether you need to contact an attorney at this early stage or not depends on the severity of your injuries, damage done to the vehicle and cooperation (or lack of) by the responsible insurance company. Everything is falling into place.
The difficult part of being in a car accident is knowing what steps to take.
This article is a just a brief overview of the things you need to do in order to manage your auto accident case properly. For the average person there is a lot to do and know, things most people have no clue about. This is where having someone on your side to guide you through the process comes in handy. A specialist who knows all the ins and outs and who's focus is on assisting you through the maze. Many people think that's why you call a lawyer, but you;d be surprised that most personal injury lawyers don't get all that involved in your case. They help you make a settlement at the end of the case, but they do not do much about gettign your car repaired, find specialists to provide medical services, answer questions, etc. They are too busy and run too many cases to do that.
You Need a Car Accident Concierge.
A concierge is the "go to person" in a hotel who has all the connections, can call you a cab, get you a hard to get table at a restaurant, give you the inside scoop of whats going on in the area. For car accident injuries there is someone who is basically like a concierge for accident victims. He knows all the rules, knows the good lawyers, has contacts with the good doctors in the area who work with accident victims and actually provides car accident treatment services that are second to none. So you get a great car accident doctor AND a personal injury concierge to help you figure out your car stuff, insurance questions, lawyers, imaging and specialist centers, etc. Your expert is accessible via email and often text and voice to help you when you're out of the office. Many chiropractors treat car accident victims, but few if any provide the expertise and experience and provide these "special" services the way Orange County Car Accident Doctor Barry Marks DC does.
"Orange County Car Accident Concierge"
Dr Barry Marks is a chiropractor with over 30 years experience in personal injury. He has completed hundreds of hours in post-doctorate specialty training programs in orthopedics, brain injury, whiplash, crash reconstruction, forensic examinations, disability evaluations, impairment rating, MRI interpretation, and much more. You can compare Dr Marks' experience and credentials to any other doctor, medical or chiropractic in Orange County and you won't find anyone more qualified. All this in a comfortable and welcoming office environment with a kind and empathetic bedside manner.
Car Accident in Orange County California? Call Dr. Marks (714) 938-0575 Now
Dr Barry Marks, DC Car Accident Doctor Orange County, California 92868
1745 W Orangewood Ave #114
Orange, CA 92868
Specializing in car accident injury treatment in Orange County, California since 1986.
If you've suffered a car accident injury, you need a doctor who understands the personal injury process and who will be patient and helpful in assisting you through the often times complicated rules associated with a car accident claim.
You've already been injured, you don't need to be overly inconvenienced or hassled as well. Even more, after a car accident in Orange County you do not need the insult of paying for expensive doctors visits, rental cars and lost time from work.
Dr Barry Marks Car Accident Chiropractor will help you:
Find out what the severity of your auto accident injury is
Plan a customized treatment program to relieve your pain and get you back to normal
Assist you with all necessary paperwork to file your claim
Advise you on whether a lawyer is necessary in your particular case (all cases are unique)
Advise you on letters and phone calls you receive from the insurance company and how to deal with them
Prepare a medical report that will explain your accident injuries that your lawyer will need to negotiate a car accident settlement
Minimize your stress and anxiety
To speak with Dr. Marks about your car accident injuries, call (714) 938-0575 for a no-cost to you consult and exam. Dr. Marks will then be able to tell you:
What your injuries are
How bad they are (the severity)
What the long-term outlook for you is
What treatments are most likely to help you and how long it will take
If this sounds good to you, then call right now to book your appointment (714) 938-0575. Dr Marks spends quality time face to face with all of his patients, so appointments are necessary for first time patients.