Dr. Roger Saias here, your chiropractor for whiplash here in Philadelphia, PA. In this video I want to talk to you about why it’s a great idea to see a chiropractor as soon as possible. As stated in a previous video, the mechanism in which whiplash happens and what kind of damage you can sustain as a result of it.
So, most people, when this happens, will go to their medical doctor, especially if it’s not that severe and they’re not going to the hospital first. They go to their medical doctor and they say, Hey, Doc, I was in this car accident. I was hit really hard from behind. My neck isn’t bothering me and I’m starting to experience all kinds of weird symptoms.
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So they may give you a pain reliever over the counter. They may prescribe muscle relaxers. They may give you an ice pack. They’re going to make suggestions on ways that you can relieve your symptoms. Alright, there’s nothing wrong with pain relief, right? That’s what people want initially. They’re hurting, they want their pain to go away.
But there’s a problem with that because if you only treat the symptoms, if you don’t treat the damage that was caused by the accident, and actually correct any of the problems that may be a result of that accident, you’re going to end up with chronic issues down the road.
I stated in the whiplash video previously, that when you’re hit from behind, your body shifts forward, but your head whips backwards and then whips forward. And that can cause damage to the joints. Damage to the discs. Damage to the nerve. Damage the spinal cord. And it’s most certainly going to damage the muscles, tendons and ligaments in your neck, as well as anywhere else in your body because of that accident.
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So if you’re only treating the symptoms, you don’t get to the cause of the problem. People fail. In chiropractic. One of the things that we’re really concerned about is how the spine moves. Among other things. It’s not the only thing but we can detect where the problem areas are in the spine by seeing how your spine actually moves.
And if we figure out what areas of your spine are moving, our goal is to introduce more movement back into that spine. Because if you don’t, things that will happen are scar tissue and adhesions can set into the soft tissue and joints. Which kind of limits your mobility even more.
The sooner you get into chiropractor assuming you don’t have any issues that need immediate medical attention. The sooner you go to the chiropractor and get the spine moving as quickly as possible, the better outcome you will have in the end.
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Again, most people are looking for pain relief. But if you don’t actually fix the problems that are causing the pain, you will always be stuck with that pain. And your only solution is pain relievers. And that doesn’t fix anything.
So if you’re watching this video, and you’ve experienced a whiplash type of injury, and you’re still experiencing symptoms despite going to your medical doctor or going to the hospital or some other specialist, it’s time to go. It’s time to give us a call, set up a consultation. Call any of our offices.
Let’s see if we can help. You don’t want to give us a call? Send us an email. Don’t want to email us? Drop us a comment on this video and ask us to reach out and we will get back to you as soon as possible and see if we can help you again.
My name is Dr. Roger Saias. I’m the clinical director here at PA Pain and Rehab. I hope this message finds you well. We’ll see on the next video.