Some injuries — like burns, bruises and cuts — are easy to spot. Others, however, may only be detected during an examination by a doctor of chiropractic.
Many of these “hidden injuries” stem from automobile accidents. And although elusive, these injuries are far from minor. Immediate diagnosis of auto-related injuries like whiplash, hairline fracture and misaligned spinal bones (vertebrae) is critical. That’s why Dr. Smith examines accident victims’ entire musculoskeletal system to detect hidden injuries.
Dr. Smith doesn’t limit this approach to just those involved in high-speed, high-impact accidents. Even low-impact collisions, where there are no skid marks and minor to no visible vehicle damage, can injure occupants. “Crash tests indicate that a change of vehicle velocity of 4 km/hr may produce occupant symptoms. Vehicle damage may not occur until 14-15 km/hr.” (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1998;21:629-39.)
It’s important to remember that no two accidents are exactly alike. And no two people will have exactly identical injuries. “The same collision may cause injury to some individuals and leave others unaffected,” say researchers (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2000;23:420-7).
Because so many factors come into play, schedule an immediate chiropractic appointment after any auto accident — no matter how minor.