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Selecting a professional in a personal injury matter is a very important decision. As a physical therapy and orthopedics center we are specifically familiar with the management of accidental injuries. The impact of one or more cars exerts thousands of pounds of force, and consequently much of that force is transmitted into our bodies. Circumstances of the injuries differ widely and many factors are always critical.
Frequently, there is injury to the cervical spine because of the weight of the head snapping forward and back, thus the term "whiplash". If the head strikes something in the car there could be additional injuries called Post-Concussion Syndrome. Some symptoms of injury might show up immediately, but others may not appear for weeks or months. Unfortunately, the Emergency Room sometimes can fail to do the proper diagnostic testing and might not fully reveal these injuries or even overlook them. Some of the most common injuries seen when involved in a motor vehicle accident are:
Worse yet, if any of these types injuries are not directly addressed with proper rehabilitation, and left untreated and unresolved, the injured muscles and other soft tissues can result in causing chronic pain for months...even years following the accident.
It is quite unfortunate that the standard medical approach to these injuries often amounts to nothing more than suppressing the symptoms with pain-killers and anti-inflammatory drugs, leaving the injured muscles to hopefully heal on their own.
Dimitri Cosmios, PT, DPT, CSCS