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While it is an unfortunate fact, many residents of Newark and surrounding areas have been involved in one or more car accidents in their lifetime. The immediate trauma of an auto accident may pass in a few days but the pain and suffering associated with the auto injuries can extend for months or even years. If you have suffered from whiplash or a spinal injury you will need assistance that extends beyond painkillers. Serious auto injuries can make it impossible for you to continue working, sleeping and caring for your loved ones. In short a serious auto injury can be a life-altering event.
The most common auto injury in rear collisions is whiplash but other types of back pain, leg pain, arm pain and shoulder pain are also common. Whiplash is caused by the rapid extension (backwards motion) followed by the immediate flexion (forward) motion of the neck during a rear end collision. The movement can be very damaging to the bones, facet joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments of the neck and back.
Severe whiplash may require orthopedic treatment and whiplash has even been known to cause brain injury. The movement happens very quickly even at slow speeds. A standard X-ray will reveal broken bones but the diagnosis of soft tissue damage requires an MRI and diagnosis by a chiropractor. The neck and back pain associated with whiplash can be devastating. Moreover, the impact can lead to disc degeneration that does not manifest itself until long after the accident is past. Recent medical studies have shown that all types of soft tissue injuries heal better with active chiropractic therapy. Whiplash requires more than immobilization and pain killers to heal. The soft tissue must be rehabilitated to prevent lifelong chronic pain. Here at the Newark Pain & Rehab Center, this is exactly what Dr. Saraceno is trained to diagnose and treat.
If you are involved in an auto accident the treatment for your pain will be covered with little or no out of pocket expenses. In the state of New Jersey, every driver is required to have personal injury insurance coverage. No matter who is at fault in the accident, your medical care will be covered. Even if an uninsured driver hits you, your own car insurance or a state fund will cover your medical bills. Due to the nature of spinal injuries that lead to disc degeneration your injuries may take several months to a year to manifest into back pain. Even in delayed cases such as these, your chiropractic care will most likely be covered.
Here at our chiropractic center in Newark, NJ we treat all types of auto injuries, work-related injuries and sports injuries. Our chiropractor can help relieve your back pain, leg pain, arm pain or shoulder pain. In whiplash cases, we will focus on rehabilitating the torn muscles and ligaments in the neck and the spinal decompression that can lead to the formation of scar tissue, a decreased range of motion and back pain. We start with passive care including massage, ultrasound, cold therapy, and stretches. This will ease the pain spasms, increase your range of motion and decrease the formation of scar tissue. We will then initiate muscle exercises, stretches, and chiropractic care to increase and maintain the range of motion in the neck and back until you have achieved a full recovery.
Call us at 973-344-0012, or click here, to schedule an examination with Dr. Saraceno.