There are many sources of pain after a car accident and in order for you to have the best possible outcome your doctor needs to be trained in the specialty of Trauma. Most family doctors and even immediate care doctors are not fully trained to unerstand why you are having the pain you are having. I, Dr Jeff Garofalo am a trauma trained specialist and in today's blog I would like to help you understand where your pain could be coming from as there are multiple areas and it might take days to weeks for all damaged tissue to show itself.
At New Life Chiropractic a chiropractic office in Bolingbrook, IL, we have an onsite x-ray machine because the first thing we want to do after an accident is take some very special x-rays called a DAVIS series. This series of x-ray is actually 5 x-rays of your neck to make sure that you don't have any fractures in your neck, and secondly it helps me determine if you have potential Ligament damage in your neck a huge source of pain and an inury that will never go away and therefore permanent causing premature spinal arthritis. In my Bolingbrook Chiropractic office I am trained to locate such damge and report it correctly in all notes to your insurance comapny.
The next generator of pain we assess for is muscle spasm, you know those very tight muscles you might be feeling in your neck, shoulders, or in your lower back. At New Life Chiropractic we use a technique called palpation meaning I use my hands to feel those muscles and let you know whether they are in mild, moderate,or severe spasm as a result of your accident. Muscles usually go into spasm secondarily and as a protective mechanism becasue something else in the spine is damaged. I will inform you of which category you are in.
We then assess for possible disc damage by performing several in office tests called orthopedic tests putiing your spine in certain angles that could bring out possible disc injury and back these tests up with a neurological exam and finally if I think a disc has been herniated or an already damaged disc has been aggravated I will send you for a very UNIQUE MRI. Unique meaning it is not like other MRI companies perform. I order MRI with very very thin slicing so as not to miss any potential damage because I wnat to make a proper diagnosis, prognosis and give you the very best care. At this point once I have all the data if I feel this case is one that I can accept we will start you on your road to recovery with chirorpactic and spinal rehab. If I need a second opinion I have a neurosurgeon, nuerologist and pain management doctor I can call upon.