Saturday, January 28, 2012

Dummies Know Best

Please join us this month as we continue to spotlight common issues and concerns dealing with car accident injuries!

The life of a crash dummy is no easy task. Their every day routine involves smashing against walls and other cars at great velocities. Now you may ask, what kind of life is that?! This "life" has helped us understand the effects of car collision and improved crash safety in cars around the world. The new frontier of car crash research involves not only crash dummies but human participants. 

Our very own Dr. Brian Burkholder attended the Spine Research Institute of San Diego to become a live participant in car collision research in order to fully understand the wide range of complications that the body undergoes after a car accident. Dr. Brian attained an Advanced Certification of Competency showing his knowledge in diagnosis, treatment, management of motor vehicular cervical acceleration/deceleration trauma, and brain traumatology. Dr. Brian has also obtained a certification in Motor Vehicle Crash Forensic Risk Analysis furthering his ability to understand the biomechanics of car accidents.

During the training, Dr Brian underwent three collisions. All three collisions were UNDER 10 MPH! There was NO STRUCTURAL DAMAGE done to the vehicles involved but that could not be said of Dr. Brian. For the next THREE months following the collisions, Dr. Brian experienced neck soreness, headaches and upper back pain.   He received chiropractic adjustments three times per week to ensure that his joints and muscles healed properly from the damage those smaller impacts had.  Clinical studies prove that chiropractic treatment is effective in reducing arthritis and scar tissue associated with whiplash injuries.

If you or a friend/family are currently still experiencing pain, headaches, sleep disturbances, or any other common injuries following a car accident please don't hesitate to give us a call. We can give you insight as to what's going on with your body and help you relieve your problems and decrease the chance that you will develop spinal arthritis.

A final tip:  Review your auto insurance coverage.  Make sure you have "Med Pay": $5000 and up is best. This is very inexpensive to add to your policy and if or when you suffer an accident it allows you to get the treatment you need without the fear of large bills piling up!  Confused? Ask us, we know all about it.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Myths and Facts of Whiplash

Hello! February 2012 will be a month where we highlight topics and issues dealing with automobile accidents and injuries. One of the most common injuries sustained in a car accident is whiplash. What exactly is whiplash you ask? Whiplash is the sudden backward and forward motion of the neck pushing your neck bones, muscles and ligaments beyond their normal range of motion.  

Many people believe that to sustain injury or whiplash during an automobile accident the cars involved must be going fast and have structural damage but the Spine Research Institute of San Diego has shown that to be false. Below are common myths and facts about car accidents that may surprise you!

Myth #1- Just prior to the accident you see the car about to hit you in your rear view mirror and you tense up causing more injury than not tensing up before impact.
Fact: Research on human crash dummies have shown that you are less likely to get injured when tensing up for an accident than if not.

Myth #2- Whiplash injuries only occur in high speed accidents.
Fact: Whiplash injuries occur as a result of the load transmitted to the neck. The threshold of the neck injury in any accident is 5mph. Most car accident injuries occur at speeds below just 12 mph!

Myth #3- Men and women are equally susceptible to injury during a rear-end collision.
Fact: Women are twice(47%) as likely to get injured from whiplash then men. Safety systems are designed for men, and men are three times more likely to be involved in a car crash, leaving women with the short end of the safety stick.

Myth #4- If there's no damage to your car you couldn't possibly have been hurt!
Fact: Vehicle collision damage has little to do with human damage, especially whiplash. The acceleration of the neck when hit from the rear is 2.5 times that of the car! Many insurance companies will argue and try and convince you that because the vehicles sustained little or no visible damage,  the vehicle's occupants could not have been injured. While cars are designed to handle the low speed impact forces, the human body is not.

We hope this has provided some insight into the myths and facts concerning whiplash! Please check back weekly for both announcements and more information about car accidents!
*If you or someone you know has been in a car accident, call us today!  The doctors at Krause Family Chiropractic have extensive training and experience dealing with your injuries following an accident, insurance companies, and attorneys.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Krause Family Chiropractic New Blog

Welcome to our new blog site.  We hope to share information you find useful and interesting.  Your health is our priority!