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Do Whiplash Injuries Resolve with Little Medical Treatment in 6-12 Weeks?

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Do Whiplash Injuries Resolve with Little Medical Treatment in 6-12 Weeks?

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People who have suffered a whiplash injury due to a car accident know that these injuries do NOT heal well on their own. Even with proper treatment, the majority of people will suffer long-term effects well beyond 6-12 weeks.

If You Say it Enough Times, People Will Start to Believe You

Insurance company adjusters repeat the company line that car crash soft tissue injuries are nothing to be concerned about because… most soft tissues should be resolved with minimal medical care of short duration (6-12 weeks) The rationale for saying this is merely to lower settlement costs. A report by an insurance insider indicated that by merely shaving 20% off of their settlements, one large insurance company saved $248,000,000 in just one year!

The interesting thing is that in 30 years of practice, when I challenge the adjuster, I have never had a single one cite for me the specific medical or scientific study they rely on to make this bold statement, over and over again. The fact of the matter is and to the best of my knowledge, not one solitary honest, peer-reviewed study can be found for this assertion. Yet, it is callously used in probably 90% of auto collision claims to demean or diminish the injury and suffering of the injured party.

There are scores of studies in well-respected, peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals that indicate just the opposite: These injuries, particularly rear-impact collision injuries, take time to heal with treatment, and despite best treatments, a large percentage of the victims will continue to suffer symptoms well after the collision.

Ignorance or Deceit?

Surely, the adjusters must know about this, right? I mean if its a matter of keeping up on what is going on in your field of work, and since you are dealing with matters of people’s health and whether or not they will suffer a life-long permanent injury, wouldn’t you want to keep abreast of information like this? Apparently the answer is no. There is plenty of information for them to educate themselves, but that would put them in the awkward position of knowing what they are purposely telling victims multiple times each day, is pure bunk.

The Truth

Each year there are literally hundreds of studies performed and their findings published in reputable, peer-reviewed journals documenting the problems associated with motor vehicle collision injuries. Here are just a few examples that clearly debunk the automobile insurance company myths (propaganda) that accident injuries are insignificant and basically heal themselves in short order:

In one study British researchers at the University of Bristol found 70% of patients had accident related complaints on average15.5 years after a whiplash trauma. (1)

Radanov et al. reported approximately 45% of his patients had symptoms at 12 weeks; around 28% at six months; about 23% at 12 months; and about 18% had persistent accident related symptoms after 2 years. Radanov’s patient base included people who had suffered differing types of collisions: side impact, frontal or rear impacts. He found that the rear impact victims suffered worse injury and are more likely to have long-term complaints. (2)

The vector or angle at which you are hit makes a difference in long-term outlook according to Radanov. In combined subjects who had side impacts, frontal impacts, and rear impacts 39% of subjects had long-term pain, but when you single out just those who are impacted from behind, 56% had chronic symptoms. (3)

Ligament injuries have particularly poor prognoses as once a ligament is stretched and damaged it never regains its original strength or flexibility and leads to joint malfunction and osteoarthritis within 10 years of injury. It takes ligament remodeling and repair, not healing because ligaments do not heal, several months to occur. And as the authors note, “Remodeled ligaments–not nearly as good as new” (4)

The take away is twofold:

1. Insurance companies mislead victims telling them their injuries will resolve in 6-12 weeks to lower their costs

2. Soft tissue car accident related injuries cause real damage and for many people result in long-term pain and impairment.

Don’t Fall For This Scheme. If You Feel You Are Injured, You Probably Are.

Call (714) 938-0575 and Make an Appointment to Sit Down with a Leading Car Accident Injury Expert in Orange County, Dr Barry Marks, DC.

References:

1. Squires, B, Gargan, MF, Bannister, GC, “Soft-tissue Injuries of the Cervical Spine: a 15 year Follow-up,” J of Bone and Joint Surg. (British), Vol. 78B(6), 11/96, p 955-7. From the University of Bristol, England.

2. Radanov BP, Sturzenegger M, Stefano GD: Long-term outcome after whiplash injury: a two-year follow-up considering features of injury mechanism and somatic, radiologic, and psychosocial factors. Medicine 74(5):281-297, 1995.

3. Croft AC: Module 1: Whiplash: advanced topics; Prognosis. In, Croft AC, Whiplash: the Masters’ Program. San Diego, Spine Research Institute of San Diego, 1996, p75.

4. Hauser RA, Dolan EE, Phillips HJ, Newlin AC, Moore RE, Woldin BA: Ligament Injury and Healing: A Review of Current Clinical Diagnositcs and Therapeutics. The Open Rehab Journal 2013, 6, 1-20

Car Accident Soft Tissue Injuries

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Car Accident Soft Tissue Injuries

Car accident soft tissue injuries (injuries of the brain, nerves, ligaments, discs) are not merely nuisances as insurance adjusters may try to make you believe. These injuries are far worse than breaking a bone. Bones heal completely, but connective soft tissues never completely heal leading to long term pain and impairment.

Hard tissue vs Soft tissue myths

Myth: Accidents involving hard tissue damage are serious.
Fact: A broken arm or leg in a car accident recovers faster and better than soft tissue injuries
Why? When we break a bone, the bone heals itself with new bone tissue. The fracture site usually is thickened with new bone and is actually stronger than prior to the fracture.

Myth: Soft tissue injuries are not serious, only nuisance issues
Fact: Soft tissues include the brain, discs, nerves, and ligaments. Does an injury to those structures really seem harmless?
Why? The brain and nerves control the function of the entire body; if they are damaged wide ranging problems can occur. Disc and ligament injuries cause instability in the spine that leads to degenerative arthritis within a few years of the injury

Myth: Ligaments heal just fine
Fact: Ligaments do not repair with new ligament tissue. Bones and muscles regrow new bone and new muscle cells, but discs and ligaments cannot do that.
Why? We are born with all the ligament, disc and cartilage cells we will ever have. Once damaged, these tissue cannot heal. Instead they are repaired with scar tissue. Scar tissue is a cheap, weak tissue that renders the new ligament weaker, less flexible and unable to keep the joints in proper alignment.

The best analogy for a ligament injury is socks and underwear. If you stretch out the elastic in your socks or underwear no matter what you do, they will fall down. Ligaments are the same. Once over stretched or torn, they can never hold a joint together properly again.

Soft tissue injuries are serious and never completely heal leading to future problems. Do not allow an insurance adjuster to perpetrate that fraud on you by saying your injury is not serious.

To have your injuries properly documented and treated call Dr Barry Marks car accident chiropractor at (714) 938-0575

Dr Marks’ bio: http://drbarrymarks.com/about

Dr. Marks’ podcast: http://audioboom.com/drbarrymarks

 

Chiropractic Best Car Accident Treatment

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Chiropractic for Car Accident Injuries

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Dr Barry Marks, Chiropractor, car accident doctor in Orange, CA has specialized in car accident whiplash and brain injury since 1986. Few Orange County Chiropractors can compare with Dr. Marks’ credentials and experience. When you’ve been injured in a car accident, you have one chance to get things right; don’t trust your care to just any doctor, call Dr. Marks at (714) 938-0575 for the specialized care you deserve.

 

Dr Barry Marks Chiropractor Podcast

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Dr Barry Marks Chiropractor Car Accident Specialist Announces New Podcast

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“My mission is to help as many people as I can… and one thing I have always believed in is patient education.”
~Dr. Marks

In order to disseminate information about car accident injuries, chiropractic treatment and general health, Dr. Marks has branched out his online efforts to include a Podcast. Now rather than read posts on his blog or social media sites, Dr Marks is recording information for people to listen to. Whether it’s on a desktop, laptop, phone or tablet, listeners will be able to get informed through audio.

In the past Dr Marks has appeared on television and radio to inform the public and had written articles in publications… then he began his online presence in 1998 and since has been a very active contributor to online articles and social media sites.

“Podcasting is just one more way to reach out to get my message… the message of the truth about whiplash and debunk the myths surrounding it… to as many people as I can. I enjoy hearing from people all over the world that have learned something or been helped by one of my articles and I hope to reach more through this new media.”

You can listen to the Dr Barry Marks podcast posts here: www.audioboom.com/drbarrymarks

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