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Whiplash From Car Accident

Symptoms and Treatment of whiplash related to a Phoenix Car accident.

The top three auto accident injuries in Phoenix are whiplash or neck pain, closed head injury resulting in headache, and of course soft tissue injury. Let’s take an up close look at each type of these injuries, and offer some very important and crucial tips on getting medical and chiropractic treatment after a car accident.

Is Whiplash a reality or a Myth?

Whiplash is not a formal medical term. It is a non-official medical description for an injury to the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and discs) of the neck. Whiplash typically includes injuries to the joints between the neck vertebrae called facets, the disks in the neck, and the nerve roots that extend from the spinal cord in between the vertebra in your neck.

Whiplash which is caused by the sudden deceleration or rapid slowing of a vehicle in an accident. This instantaneous deceleration causes your head to “Whip” back and forth. The medical definition of what happens to your neck is that it is subjected to a sudden backwards and forward movement. Officially called extension- flexion injury.

Symptoms of whiplash following a motor vehicle accident.

Actually the definition of whiplash may include many different types of injury, whiplash normally has a lot of different symptoms. Commonly, whiplash symptoms include neck and upper back pain or stiffness, shoulder pain or stiffness, headache, dizziness, and sometimes burning feeling in the neck, shoulders, or arms. Phoenix car accidents that cause severe whiplash can absolutely cause memory problems, concentration difficulty, difficulty sleeping, feeling tired, and sometimes even depression.
Symptoms of whiplash often develop immediately after the accident and the injury chiropractors at Penny Injury Chiropractic warn that more often than not the pain worsens over time and really the fourth or fifth day following a car accident is classically the worst. Most people will get out of the car after a car accident feeling some sort of twinge in their neck, but it is not uncommon for a person who has been in a car accident to feel fine immediately afterward, and not have whiplash symptoms for up to four days. Whiplash injuries actually do not heal quickly and even if you are pain free following an auto accident injuries of whiplash remain and heal in a very incorrect way. The lack of or the decrease of pain does not mean you do not have whiplash.

If you are a car accident victim and have neck pain after a car accident, you should get chiropractic treatment as quickly as possible. If the pain is severe, you should see a doctor or go to the hospital right away.


Numerous people will suffer slight headache after a car accident even if they don’t hit their head on anything. This is realistic. Your head and neck were simply not intended to comfortably tolerate an immediate deceleration from 20 to 30 or even 5 MPH to zero. Phoenix car accident headaches can trick you by going away rather quickly, but some do not. If you experience a headache that lasts more than a day or two after a car accident, you should definitely seek Chiropractic attention. It’s better to know if it is nothing at all, or a sign of a more significant injury. A closed head injury may have occurred.

Soft Tissue Injury – Sprains, Strains, Bumps and Bruises oh my!!!
The soft tissues of the body are the body’s muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs and nerves. Ligaments attach bones to bones, and tendons connect muscles to bones. A soft tissue injury is a bruise, abnormal stretch, or a tearing of the soft tissue. A contusion is the medical term for a bruise. Medical terminology states, you strain a muscle or a tendon, but you sprain a ligament or a joint.

Symptoms of soft tissue include muscle aches and pain, nerve pain or numbness or tingling, joint pain, and decreased and/or painful range of motion and stiffness in the injured part of the body. The fact is that these symptoms can develop immediately after the accident over several days, weeks or even months. Think of a twisted or sprained ankle. Most people who have a severely sprained an ankle have told me that it is worse than a broken bone because it hurts a lot and takes so long to heal. Most people who have had a severe sprained ankle and never rehabilitated it know that “it is my weak ankle”. Please Do Not Delay Seeking Medical Attention After a Car Accident.

I cannot be emphasize this enough. The most dangerous words you can say following a car accident is “Maybe it will go away on its own”. If you even think you have an injury, pain or other symptoms following car accident, you should seek chiropractic attention immediately. If the pain immediately after the accident is severe, you should go to the emergency room. But remember the ER doctor is only concerned with life threatening injuries and none of the treatment in an ER or “Doc in a Box clinic” were intended to help with long term treatment of your car accident related injuries. Otherwise, you should make an appointment to seek an appointment at Penny Injury Chiropractic as soon as possible.

Here is an definitive fact when you are involved a car accident and do not seek chiropractic or medical attention immediately after the accident, be aware that insurance companies will absolutely think that you weren’t really injured, or you weren’t hurt as badly as you claim to have been. So, always, always get necessary chiropractic and/or medical care after a car accident as you may miss the opportunity to get your necessary health care paid for by your car insurance that you pay for each and every month!

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You may be suffering from Closed Head Injuries!

You may be suffering from Closed Head Injuries!

Headaches are a very common symptom after a car accident-

especially if the accident caused an injury to the head or whiplash injuries.Here are the types of headaches after a car accident or a car crash.

Headaches after a Car Accident and head pain and headaches after car accident are really quite common!

Following a car accident injury, head pain can begin immediately; other times headaches can be delayed a few hours or even days. We have discovered that the a lot of symptoms can be delayed and usually the fourth or fifth day can be your worse day for delayed symptoms of all types including headaches. Either way, it is crucial to get the necessary medical and/or chiropractic treatment as quickly as possible, it is important to tell the treating physician and/or the personal injury chiropractor about every symptom you’re experiencing especially headache symptoms!

Prompt medical/chiropractic treatment for a headache after an auto accident has two benefits. First, it increases the chances that doctors will find the cause of the headache and be able to treat it, which reduces the risk of long-term disability caused by head pain, closed head injuries, traumatic brain injury, or other injuries like whiplash.

Second, it helps protect your legal rights to be compensated for medical losses after a car  accident by documenting that you have a diagnosed & documented head pain or headache. The sooner your headaches and other injuries are medically documented, the easier it is to establish cause that the accident caused those injuries, and the more difficult it is for an insurance company to claim that your treatment was not related to your accident and therefore not necessary.

Car accident headache symptoms may come about even if you didn’t suffer a direct insult or injury to your head!

Remember if you did hit your head on the steering wheel or any other part of the car you were traveling in you may have suffered head trauma and that needs to be evaluated right away whether you experiencing a headache or not at the scene of the accident. Obviously frequent, constant or chronic headache after a car accident could lead to headaches, migraine headaches or even “closed head injuries” or what is defined as Traumatic brain injury.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are a leading basis of  disability and even death in the United States, motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of closed head injuries.

Closed head injuries indicates that there is no fracture of the skull are the danger is that Closed Head injuries usually not initially diagnosed and typically do not result in hospitalizations, because many auto accident victims think the symptoms will just go away or worse yet don’t think the headache symptoms are related to the accident in question because of the delayed onset.

What Exactly is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?

Here’s a short definition by Wikipedia:

TBI is a major cause of death and disability worldwide, especially in children and young adults. Males sustain traumatic brain injuries more frequently than do females. Causes include falls, vehicle accidents, and violence. Prevention measures include use of technology to protect those suffering from automobile accidents, such as seat belts and sports or motorcycle helmets, as well as efforts to reduce the number of automobile accidents, such as safety education programs and enforcement of traffic laws.

So TBI is an injury to the brain that results from an external force, or trauma, to the head or a head injury that causes damage to the brain. The “external force” can be a direct blow to the head such as hitting the floor in a fall accident or striking the steering wheel in a car accident.

Even though the skull is not damaged or fractured, the force can cause the brain to be injured in a number of ways. The rapid acceleration and deceleration of the head can shake the brain which actually floats in your skull in a fluid called cerebral-spinal fluid allowing the brain to float up against the opposing sides of your skull. The most common example of traumatic brain injury are whiplash in a car accident and the most egregious example is Shaken Baby Syndrome.

An amazing fact is that TBIs or closed head injuries are very abstract do not even show up on MRI or CT scans because the damage is global and not localized to one area. Adding to this the type of tissue in the brain that is affected has a type of anatomy and when it suffers trauma it causes the nervous tissue to work in correctly. So a preponderance of the diagnosis is dependent on you relating any and all symptoms to your car accident chiropractor who will make a clinical diagnosis.

You should be relieved to know not all TBIs are equally serious. They range from disastrous to subtle. However, even minor brain injuries can have significant, permanent, life-altering consequences following traumatic brain injury car accident.

Common Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?

Traumatic Brain Injury can be fatal. For survivors, TBI can cause any of a number of physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms. TBI is a major cause of death and disability worldwide, especially in children and young adults. Males sustain traumatic brain injuries more frequently than do females. Causes include falls, vehicle accidents, and violence. Prevention measures include use of technology to protect those suffering from automobile accidents, such as seat belts and sports or motorcycle helmets, as well as efforts to reduce the number of automobile accidents, such as safety education programs and enforcement of traffic laws.

Common Physical Symptoms
seizures of all types
muscle spasticity
double vision, blurred vision or low vision, even blindness
loss of smell or taste
speech impairments such as slow or slurred speech
headaches or migraines
fatigue, increased need for sleep, and
balance problems.

Intellectual or Cognitive Symptoms can include:
short-term memory loss, long-term memory loss
slowed ability to process information
trouble concentrating or paying attention for periods of time
difficulty keeping up with a conversation, and/or word finding problems
spatial or 3-D disorientation
organizational problems and impaired judgment
inability to do more than one thing at a time, and
a lack of initiating activities, or once started, difficulty in completing tasks without reminder.

Emotional symptoms of a TBI can include:
increased anxiety
depression and mood swings
impulsive behavior
more easily agitated, and
egocentric behaviors, difficulty seeing how behaviors can affect others.

Medical Evaluation is Critical

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Providing Dedicated Car Accident back pain Injury Care with Chiropractic Auto Injury Solutions.
Serving Phoenix motor vehicle accident victims for over 20 years, Penny Injury Chiropractic offers a complete array of accident treatments. The physicians of Penny Injury Chiropractic have helped thousands of auto accident sufferers with treatments for auto injuries, personal injuries and spine injury that are inherent when you are involved in car crashes. Individuals throughout Phoenix and West Phoenix can find effective, dynamic and totally natural pain relief through chiropractic adjustments, manipulations and physical medicine protocols.
Penny Injury Chiropractic successfully addresses and treats Phoenix car accident sufferers who are struggling from the neck pain, whiplash, arm pain, jaw pain, shoulder pain, wrist pain, lower back pain, dizziness and headaches.
Chiropractors, Medical Doctors and medical forensic researchers have recognized that auto accident injuries disrupt normal nerve and blood supply to the head and neck, or lower back causing a numerous symptoms. Chiropractic physiotherapy modalities such as Ultra Sound, Diathermy, Massage Therapy and physical exercises can help correct these car or work related traumatic injuries and promote natural healing.
While most people can understand that Car accident victims usually experience neck pain many times back pain car accident injuries occur in the mid to lower back also. With Penny Chiropractic car Injury Solutions we address your mid to low back spine injuries with a thorough history, physical and orthopedic examination to determine if you have a causally related car accident disc herniation.
If you are seeking outstanding chiropractic care for your back pain car accident injuries following a car in West Phoenix the chiropractic physicians of Penny Injury Chiropractic invite you to discover pain relief and corrective services that will help you feel better than you ever thought possible. Make your appointment and see a dedicated car accident chiropractor today!

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Neck Chiropractor Phoenix Treating Auto Accident Whiplash

Penny Injury Chiropractic of Phoenix provides professional and experienced treatment for auto accidents neck injuries and car accident upper back injuries. The neck is the section of the spine that is most at risk and therefore very vulnerable to injury and disc herniation in car accidents. In fact, over three million cases of neck pain due to auto accidents are reported in Arizona 2013 alone over 150 of those occur in phoenix on a daily basis. Chiropractic care is efficient and effective at relieving injury and pain caused by motor vehicle accident in Phoenix.

Whiplash is the primary cause of neck pain and damage. Even in a collision with a speed as low as five miles per hour, your neck bears the consequences of what is considered a violent traumatic force. A minor rear-end collision typically sends an accident victim’s body in one direction, and the head in another.

This traumatic force causes neck vertebrae to collide, straining muscles, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels.

At Penny Injury Chiropractic, our skilled team has the ability to utilize precise diagnostic tools to offer victims of auto accident injury a complete and accurate exam and diagnosis focusing on these issues, and utilizing a variety of physiotherapy techniques designed for spinal realignment and soft tissue injuries.

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Dr Trever Penny of Penny Injury Chiropractic has been caring for auto accident victims in Phoenix Arizona for more than 20 years. Dr. Penny prides himself in being one of only a few personal injury chiropractors to offer a chiropractic auto injury clinic that dedicates its practice to auto accident victims only.
If you are suffering from a spinal injury such as low back or neck pain after your car accident, we invite you to visit our Phoenix car accident clinic right away. We will see to it that you receive the specific car accident injury treatment you need to fully recover. Our car accident treatment protocols includes a thorough examination of the posture of your neck, upper back and lower back spinal vertebrae to determine any potential spinal injury or damage has taken place. These chiropractic & Orthopedic tests will help us determine if your disc is injured and herniated or if there are any undetected injuries from your car accident in Phoenix traffic. We will perform specific chiropractic car accident treatment protocols that are intended to reduce pain and improve mobility. Remember a lack of pain following a car accident does not necessarily mean you are healthy and did not suffer injury.

If you have more questions on how to take care of your injuries after an auto accident, contact us today at (623) 463-1000.

You can always schedule an appointment and we can see you today!

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