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Of the millions of people who visit doctors of chiropractic each year, a large number have had whiplash or car accident injuries. Whiplash is caused by a sudden accelerated and immediate decelerated movement of the head, either backward, forward, or sideways, that results in the damage to the supporting muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck and upper back. You might say the head is "whipped around" on the neck.
According to the Insurance Research Council, nearly 1/3 of all claimants injured in motor vehicle accidents (MVA's) seek treatment from doctors of chiropractic. This is an impressive number given that the National Safety Council (NSC) has determined there to be more than 12 million MVA's annually involving more than 20 million vehicles.
The reason individuals like yourself choose chiropractic care for treatment of injuries sustained in MVA's is simple - chiropractic care is exceptional in the treatment of soft tissue injuries, especially of the spine. Since the most common injuries associated with MVA's are sprains and strains of the spinal muscles and ligaments, it's only natural that chiropractic be the treatment of choice.
If you have been involved in a car accident, whiplash injuries need to be taken very seriously. Because symptoms of a whiplash injury can take weeks or even months to manifest, it is easy to think that you are not as injured as you really are.
Common Symptoms of Auto Accident Injuries
Don't wait to get proper care. Too often people don't seek treatment following a car accident because they don't feel hurt.
Unfortunately, by the time more serious complications develop, some of the damage from the injury may have become permanent. Numerous studies have shown that years after whiplash victims settle their insurance claims, roughly half of them state that they still suffer with symptoms from their injuries. If you have been in a motor vehicle or any other kind of accident, don't assume that you escaped injury if you are not currently in pain.
In Massachusetts all automobile insurance policies have compulsory no fault personal injury protection. This means that anyone who is in an automobile that is insured in Massachusetts, will be covered in the event of injury. It is compulsory insurance, and making a claim for treatment of injuries does not increase the owner's insurance premium. Therefore, your medical bills will be paid by the insurance of the automobile that you are riding in. This coverage is called Personal Injury Protection and covers up to $8000 in medical expenses.