Over his years of patient care, Dr. LeSavage in Duluth, MN has focused a significant portion of his practice on the dynamics and treatment of cervical acceleration/deceleration syndrome, or "whiplash injury," from either low or high-speed car collision. There are three significant areas all injured patients must understand.
Sometimes immediately after a crash, patients are quite emotionally shaken by the trauma of being hit. There can be a delay of hours, days, weeks, or even months before different levels of symptoms arise. Often, symptoms start as general neck stiffness that may lead to shoulder and upper back pain, which may lead to arm and hand pain, numbness, or weakness. In addition, the patient may have a mild to moderate concussion and experience problems with cognitive thinking, difficulty recalling recent events, or persistent headaches.
Early detection and treatment at Associated Chiropractic Physicians Miller Hill in Duluth, MN is paramount to allow for proper healing. When a patient first arrives at our clinic, a complete documentation of the events of the crash takes place. Then, an orthopedic neurological evaluation of the injured parts is conducted. Often, spinal x-rays are also performed at our clinic. If necessary, you may be referred for a new state-of-the-art MR scanning in which the patient is able to move their neck while the procedure is performed to better evaluate the mechanics of the spine post-crash.
After a complete diagnosis has been determined by these testing procedures, a course of conservative, safe, and comfortable care is prescribed accompanied by at-home therapies. As care proceeds, if there is a need for additional healthcare procedures, we will make the appropriate referrals to providers in the community that have shown excellent results for our car accident injury patients in the past.
Act now! Waiting often decreases your chances for a full recovery.