Posted on 04-26-2013
Whiplash in Baltimore
Here are some sobering words from Dr. Arthur Croft in his book "Whiplash and Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries: A guide for Patients and Practitioners" (page 28):
"Whiplash injuries are quite real and potentially disabling. In the U.S. there are approximately 3 million whiplash injuries each year, at a comprehensive cost of about $43 billion. They account for 25% of all claims paid by auto insurers. They can and often do occur in low velocity collisions-usually from the rear-in which little or no damage occurs to the car. About one third of those involved in low velocity rear impact collisions are injured to one degree or another. Nearly half of the people injured in this way will develop long-term pain varying from very minor to severe. About 10-12% will become disabled."
It is interesting to point out that the amount of property damage to a vehicle is in NO WAY a predictive indicator of the forces that occupants are subjected to nor is it a predictive indicator of the injury that the occupants may or may not have sustained. All too often I hear insurance companies say "your client can't be injured there's only a scratch on the bumper." They choose to ignore science in order to tow the company line and save money for their employers (insurance companies).
As the saying goes "accidents happen." Statistically most of the time you will walk away without an injury. But for those of you who aren't so lucky you owe it to yourself to get evaluated by a trained Chiropractor who sees these injuries every day. According to Dr. Croft nearly half the people that sustain injuries develop long term pain. It can be avoided with appropriate low-tech rehab and Chiropractic care.
If you, or anyone you know, is in need of a Baltimore Chiropractor for whiplash in Baltimore following an auto accident in Baltimore, contact Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic at (443) 842-5500 or email us. We would be glad to help!
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