Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Car Accidents Lead to Early Degeneration

After the initial shock of a car accident wears off we naturally check if any bodily harm was sustained. As discussed in our earlier blog, impacts at 4-12mph is fast enough to inflict whiplash damage on our bodies regardless vehicles damage. The force to the neck due to a shifting and snapping, forward and backward action, is often up to five times greater than the force of the collision itself, and (unfortunately) the use of seat belts actually speeds up the “whipping motion” of the neck, causing even more injury.
In one study, it was determined that patients who had a whiplash type of injury, 39-60% of them developed osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis) in the ensuing years. Beyond the initial management of pain, headaches, and whiplash symptoms, there is a long term challenge to the health of our spine and body.

  • The x-ray labeled A is a normal, healthy neck. Notice the disc spaces and the C-shaped curve it demonstrates. X-ray labeled B shows an osteoarthritic neck. Disc spaces are narrowed greatly and the curve is reversed. The black curved line in x-ray B demonstrates what the curve should have looked like. Car accidents and trauma to the body speed up the rate in which our bones degenerate and develop this type of arthritis.
  • This leads to the question, what is the proper care after a car accident?  Receiving chiropractic care can restore normal curvature of the neck, normalize the nervous system to promote the body’s own healing process, eliminate pain, restore normal range of motion, and stop the premature process of osteoarthritis following a car accident.
  • Don’t hesitate to get the care you need. Starting right away is the best plan, and if you have delayed, starting now is better than letting this process continue to run it’s own course. 
  • If you have any questions give us a call and we will try our best to provide you with the knowledge to overcome short and long term challenges involved with car accidents.

Friday, February 17, 2012


What is medpay?  "Medpay" is the term used to describe the amount of money your automobile insurance will pay for your medical bills following a motor vehicle accident whether you are at fault or not!  You must get this added to your policy if you do not already have it!
Why you ask?   When you are involved in an automobile accident you want to have the peace of mind to know that your medical care will be covered. Without medpay this process can become a very complicated, delayed, and stressful situation if you do not have medpay on your policy.  This is very inexpensive to add to your policy and will save you endless stress and worry. 
CAUTION: Even your auto insurance agent may try to discourage you from getting this coverage.  Their job is to save their own company money and medpay saves you, not them.  They may tell you that you don't need medpay because you have health insurance.  Well, your health insurance may pay nothing or only a small portion of your bills and you will be stuck with the rest if you do not have medpay.  Medpay is there for you!  You can seek the treatment you need from whom ever you choose (not usually an option with health insurance) and you can get the treatment immediately.
What does it cost? Adding medpay to your policy may cost in the neighborhood of $10 to $50 per year! THAT'S IT!  You want $5000 to $10,000 in coverage.  Believe me, just an ambulance ride will eat that up: a bill you do not want to pay yourself when you find out that your health insurance does not 'cover that particular ambulance company'.
Excess Medpay:  Watch out for this.  If your auto insurance only provides 'excess medpay' - switch insurance companies.  This means they will only pay after your health insurance company does.  A paperwork nightmare for you and your providers.  Not worth your time.  Get Medpay ( avoid 'excess medpay')  Ask your agent and get the facts.
Still confused?  Doesn't surprise me, insurance is way too complicated!  Call us anytime and the doctors on staff will be happy to help you make an informed choice.