So you have been in a car accident recently and now you have a stiff and sore neck and shoulders, or your lower back now is in constant pain and you have sciatica pain going into your butt and leg. You go to your doctor or the urgent care center near your home to see if something more serious is going on.
Once the doctor finally comes into your examination room, he barely looks at you and rarely touches the area of injury. He says not to worry. It’s only a sprain strain and a little swelling. It will go away in a couple of weeks he says with a smile. Here’s a prescription that will help, anti-inflammatories, some type of non-opioid pain killer, and some muscle relaxants. You’ll be fine, he blurts out as he quickly escapes from your room.
This is a typical story we hear from patients coming into our Roseville California clinic almost on a daily basis. Unfortunately, we hear from that patient. The one who went to the doctor for help. It is really not the doctor’s fault. They have little to no training or education in traumatic injuries to the spine, they have no real experience in triaging a victim of trauma. That’s why they don’t touch your injured area. They don’t know what to look for, and so often miss more significant ligamentous and disc injuries – injuries that, left untreated, can haunt you for the rest of your life.
At Twin Creeks Health and the Roseville Disc Center Clinic, we specialize in traumatic injuries to the neck, back and spine. Much of our clinic graduate and post-graduate education is in traumatic injuries to the neck and back. That is important for 3 main reasons:
1) About 75% of those people treated for whiplash type injuries have significant ligamentous damage (ligaments are designed to stabilize and protect joints -like the ACL of the knee- and when damaged they can lead to serious movement disorders.
2) Ligament injuries almost always lead to adhesions and scar tissue. Most chronic long-term injuries resulting from car accidents involve scar tissue adhering to the elastic tissues of the body (muscles, tendons, nerves, and even discs) causing pain, neurological symptoms, and stiffness.
3) Uncorrected ligament injuries lead to degeneration of joints, and soft tissue. Creating life-long uncorrectable health problems.
Ligament injuries can be corrected, through proper joint mobility therapy, soft tissue work, and stabilization exercises. But you must seek out the treatment advice and on-going care from an expert in treating these injuries.
If you or someone you care about has been in an auto accident in Roseville or Sacramento recently, please call our office today, and schedule them as soon as possible for a car accident evaluation.