One of my biggest “pet peeves” as a chiropractor is to be watching the 6 o’clock news and the cameraman to pan across a car accident where a car is totaled. The newscaster comes on and says, “and there wasn’t a scratch on them”!
Now you would think logic would prevail in this situation, but there is absolutely no way an individual can be in an auto accident where the car is totaled and they “don’t have a scratch” on them! They might not have a fracture, dislocation, or severe bleeding, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN THEY ARE OK!!!!
The human body was not designed to be in a car accident. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve put up an individual’s X-rays and asked when the car accident was they were in. There are tall-tell signs that show up on X-rays that are indicative of auto accidents. “Well there was that one 10 years ago, but I was only sore a couple days, AND THEN THE PAIN WENT AWAY . . .” This is the problem we run into when our priority is to treat pain. Your #1 priority when in an auto accident, or any other accident for that matter, is to HEAL PROPERLY!
Auto accidents, even low mph ones, are recipe’s for misalignments. When you are in an auto accident, your alignment will be affected and this can happen without any pain at all! The very moment of the car accident, your body will start the healing process. The VERY last thing you want to have happen for your quality and quantity of life IS TO HEAL OUT OF ALIGNMENT!
I see it all the time, but I’ll take some responsibility for that. Maybe I haven’t done a very good job at informing the public . . . so here we go!
Public Service Announcement: Immediately (within a day or two) following an auto accident, even low mph ones, you need to get checked by your chiropractor. We are not only looking for fractures, dislocations, and bleeding, but we are also looking at your ALIGNMENT.
I’ve seen countless cases where an individual’s quality and quantity of life are severely impacted due to the fact that they failed to get checked. They healed out of alignment following a car accident, fall, or whatever! Priority #1 is healing . . . and a close 2nd is pain management . . .
by J. Hunter Owen, D.C.