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Auto Injuries

Auto Injuries Q & A

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a relatively common injury in an automobile accident that is often ignored or mistreated due to lack of understanding of the condition. Whiplash is usually the result of a rear impact while in a stationary position. Early range of motion and exercises lead to a more rapid recovery than prolonged immobilization or use of a cervical collar. Failure to properly educate and treat patients with whiplash can lead to chronic psychosocial symptoms including depression and anxiety.

Whiplash is a relatively common injury that occurs to a person’s neck and back following a sudden acceleration-deceleration force that causes unrestrained, rapid forward and backward movement of the head, neck, and back most commonly from motor vehicle accidents. The term “whiplash” was first used in 1928. The term “railway spine” was used to describe a similar condition that was common in persons involved in train accidents prior to 1928. The term “whiplash injury” describes damage to both the bone structures and soft tissues, while “whiplash associated disorders” describes a more severe and chronic condition.

Fortunately, whiplash is typically not a life-threatening injury, but it can lead to a prolonged period of partial disability. There are significant economic expenses related to whiplash that can reach 30 billion dollars a year in the United States, including:

  • medical care,
  • disability,
  • sick leave,
  • lost productivity, and
  • litigation.

Can you help with insurance and billing?

If you have been injured in a car accident and are seeking care in Alexandria, Woodbridge, Manassas and Falls Church areas, the staff at Virginia Family Chiropractic will assist you with all billing questions and insurance issues.  In most cases, your auto insurance will cover your medical expenses.  The staff will handle the entire billing process for you so that you may focus on your health and getting better.

How are whiplash and other injuries from car accidents treated?

The chiropractors at Virginia Family Chiropractic will work with each patient to create and deliver individualized treatment plans to address each patient’s needs specifically. There is no one size fits all approach.