Frequently Asked Questions
A: No, most walk in clinics are prohibited from treating patients recently involved in an auto accident. Often xrays are required or needed to assess the full extent of the injury. Our facilitate is equipped with state of the art digital xrays that can be viewed instantly allowing us to see exactly what needs to be treated and how severe the damage could be.
A: Absolutely. Research has shown signifcant damage can be caused at speeds as low as 8 mph.
Our goal is not just to get our patients out of pain, but to correct the actual damage done to the spine after a motor vehicle accident.
Our clinic staff is trained in the absolute latest techniques for the treatment of auto and work-related injuries. Often, auto accident related injuries must be treated much differently and use special techniques other than typical Chiropractic care.
Our caring and trained staff can get you in the same day you call, to ensure prompt and effective treatment of your injuries.
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Digital Radiographic Motion Analysis
Digital Radiographic Motion Analysis is the most accurate way to assess a patient’s spine for injuries sustained in a Motor Vehicle Accident. This type of study is the most accurate way to diagnose Whiplash, also called cervical acceleration–deceleration (or CAD) syndrome, which is a neck injury commonly caused by car accidents, falls, and contact sports. It results from a quick, jerking motion that forces the neck beyond its normal range of motion. This study can detect injuries that were missed at the ER and oftentimes missed by even the most skilled provider. Digital Radiographic Motion Analysis allows us to see what is termed Alteration of Motion Segment Integrity or AOMSI. This is a term described by the American Medical Association as a change in the biomechanical function of any two segments or vertebra in relation to their motion to the above or below segment, where there can be increased or decreased motion. After Cervical Acceleration-Deceleration (CAD) Injuries the ligaments in between the spinal vertebrae can be torn or damaged. This allows the vertebra or vertebrae to have too MUCH motion or hypermobility which can lead to facet injuries and if severe enough neurological symptoms in the hands and feet and the risk for paralysis.
Digital Radiographic Motion Analysis also allows us to assess a patient’s spine for loss of motion segment integrity (hereinafter referred to as LMSI) relates to the movement of two adjacent vertebral bodies as measured in flexion and extension. The “loss” in integrity relates to the alteration in movement such as a loss in range of motion or movement beyond what would be considered normal limits. Any significant loss in the range of motion or a gain beyond the acceptable normal range in the motion segment of the spine will result in an over-compromise of the adjacent levels of the spine. The adjacent levels will now be taxed beyond normal and the excessive wear and tear making the adjacent levels more susceptible to injury.
The use of Digital Radiographic Motion Analysis also allows us to determine possible impairment to the patient from their injuries. The diagnosis-related estimate (DRE) method is the principal methodology used to evaluate spinal AOMSI impairment in the fourth and fifth editions of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides). In the AMA Guides, Sixth Edition, impairment ratings are calculated using the diagnosis-based impairment (DBI) method that uses five impairment classes determined by diagnoses and specific criteria, adjusted by consideration of non-key factors and grade modifiers. The following factors must be considered to determine if AOMSI is present: 1) flexion/extension radiographs are performed when the individual is at maximum medical improvement and are technically adequate; 2) the proper methodology is used in obtaining measurements of translation and angular motion; 3) normal translation and angular-motion thresholds consistent with the literature are used in determining AOMSI. Imaging modalities such as videofluoroscopy, digital fluoroscopy, and upright/motion magnetic resonance imaging cannot be used to establish an AOMSI permanent impairment using the AMA Guides. A number of technical factors can affect the image quality associated with measurements of AOMSI, including film centering, artifacts, poor edge resolution, endplate normal variations and spurring, and use of analog rather than digital radiography.
These detailed studies set our clinic apart from other providers and facilities. All studies are done on site in real time and reviewed with the patient.
Instrument Aided Spinal Alignment
These instruments allow for very precise and safe adjusting of the spine, but also work extremely well on musculature which also must be addressed in order to provide effective treatment to your patients. If you are only moving the bone, then you have only performed half a treatment. It’s called a musculoskeletal system for a reason. It’s a two part equation. We see this so much, patients will come into our office who have been seeing the same chiropractor for 4 years and they have the same misalignment and the same symptom they went in with. Because the doctor is only addressing the bone aspect of the patients problem and hasn’t done anything to address the muscular part of the equation. The muscle is just going to pull the bone right back out. So you need to address both in order to create a real and permanent change in the patient’s condition.
Have you or your loved one been involved in an auto injury?
Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA) cause much more than just a sore neck and headaches. Research has shown that even a low speed collision of 6.8 miles per hour (MPH) can cause serious damage to your cervical spine. Damage that may not be immediately apparent and difficult to diagnose. Because some of the injuries may not show up for days, weeks, or even years after the accident it is extremely important that you are seen by a provider that is able to diagnose and treat these injuries effectively. These injuries can even occur when there is very little damage to your vehicle. Treating patients involved in motor vehicle accidents is completely different than typical aches and pains. The physical forces applied to the spine during a motor vehicle accident can cause unseen and very difficult to diagnose injuries. These injuries include:
Damage to the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament (PLL)
Damage to the Supraspinous Ligament (SSL)
Damage to the Anterior Longitudinal Ligament (ALL)
Damage to Cervical Facet Joints
Damage to the Cervical Disc
Damage to the Dorsal Nerve Rami