How should you get treated after an automobile accident?
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Our bodies remember the impact of the automobile accident for up to 25 years. Although injured body parts will heal overtime via moderate treatments, untreated neurological injuries from the accident are remembered by our bodies for a long time and cause a myriad of symptoms. One experiences after-effect symptoms of cold feet and hands, poor digestion, and pain of unknown cause after 6 months to 1 year from the accident. These functional problems eventually turn into serious pathological problems that will devastate one’s body.
As the first sign of after-effect from the automobile accident, tissue damage in the ligaments, muscles, tendons, discs, cartilage, and nerves occur and could lead to bone fractures. The most common occurrence from the car accident is the Whiplash injury, which typically occurs in the cervical spine (neck). It is an injury in which the neck is bent forward and back, causing the tissues in the back such as the posterior longitudinal ligament, cervical disc, and cervical never to be damaged (additionally, the tissues connected to the front are also damaged). The Whiplash injury causes various symptoms including cervical spine pain, tinnitus, blurred vision, difficulty in concentrating, numbness in arms and hands, discomfort in swallowing food, headache, shoulder pain, back pain, and dizziness. Aside from the symptoms caused by the Whiplash injuries, a myriad of other symptoms may occur depending on the part of the body damaged by the automobile accident.
The second after-effect is the dysfunction of the autonomic nerve system, leading to functional abnormalities of various organs and impaired blood circulation. Due to the problem within the autonomic nervous system, symptoms such as indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, and frequent urination occur.
The third after-effect entails a variety of neuralgia such as radial pain and stiffness in the upper extremities as well as the lower extremities caused by the spinal nerve adhesions, spinal injuries, and spinal disc injuries.
The fourth is shock-induced symptoms of neurosis and psychological disorders (approximately 20-30% of patients from automobile accidents suffer from these symptoms).
As the first step when an automobile accident occurs, it is vital to properly investigate under what circumstances the accident occurred and how the human body was damaged. Additionally, various tests for diagnosis purposes including neurological examination, orthopedic examination, and radiographic examination (MRI) must be performed. The treatment embodies primarily treating the damaged tissue while at the same time finding a neurological abnormality to perform the appropriate treatment.
At Dr. Kim Health Care, we perform a myriad of treatments and techniques to heal the damaged tissues. The treatment methods include, but not limited to, Functional neurological treatment, Chiropractic manipulation, Therapeutic modalities (laser therapy, TENS, EMS, ultrasound, hot pack, hydro-massage, air massage, cervical-lumbar traction, & inter-segmental traction), Massage, and Acupuncture.
In parallel with the treatment of tissue damage, the treatment to restore the abnormal nervous system to normal is also required. 8CM acupuncture (8 Body type Constitution Acupuncture), applied kinesiology treatment, and chiropractic neurological treatment are very effective in treating the aftereffect symptoms resulting from the automobile accident.
The Injury Recall Technique is an essential part of the treatment to restore neurological damage and a torn nervous system. When one’s hand touches something extremely hot, it is one’s reflex that withdraws the hand. This mechanism is known as the Withdrawal Reflex, and a similar form of reflex is created and remembered in our body during an automobile accident. If this reflex is left untreated and one performs an activity similarly to the movement made during the automobile accident, the reflex will then become activated and cause the person to experience the same pain encountered during the accident (even worse, one may not be able to recover fully even with the treatment). In addition, there are cases in which pain is experienced when the patient thinks about the time of the automobile accident. These cases are treated in a similar manner as the Memory Recall Therapy. Therefore, if the memories and reflexes created at the time of the automobile accident are not properly treated, they will cause a sequence of after-effects that last for a very long time. As a result, Memory Recall Therapy is a crucial and fundamental treatment that cannot be omitted in the treatment of automobile accidents.