Did you know that statistically, over the course of a typical lifetime of driving, you may have three or four car accidents? Whether they’re sideswipes, rear-enders, fender benders or worse, you’re likely to get hurt in such accidents. Philip Striano, DC, with Hudson Rivertowns Chiropractic in Dobbs Ferry, New York, has treated many car accident victims. He knows what to look for and how to treat your injuries. In many cases, surgery is avoidable. Don’t wait; call or book an appointment for a thorough evaluation with Dr. Striano if you’ve been injured in a car accident.

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How does a chiropractor diagnose automobile injuries?

Dr. Striano asks you to give specifics about the accident — what hit you, where you were hit, what is hurting, and what type of pain (such as stabbing, aching) you’re experiencing. He performs a complete physical examination, takes X-rays, and may order an MRI to determine injuries that can’t be detected by the X-ray.

What is a whiplash injury?

When you feel an impact from another car hitting yours, your head may be thrown backward and forward or side-to-side. Even though you have a headrest, which prevents more severe injury if your head is thrown back, it’s not enough protection to prevent injury. Whiplash symptoms include the following:

  • Neck pain
  • Muscles in knots
  • Pain in moving your head
  • Headaches
  • Neck tenderness

Whiplash can cause pain for years if you don’t receive prompt and effective treatment. The injury may tear muscles, tendons, and ligaments; cause concussions, and can move your vertebrae out of their proper position.

If you have whiplash, Dr. Striano may perform cervical spine decompression, described below.  Chiropractic care occurs right in the office. You avoid painful, risky, and unnecessary surgery that could further impair you. You’ll need follow-up care after a car accident, and several chiropractic treatments are usually needed.

What chiropractic treatment is effective if my spine is damaged in a car accident?

If you’ve been in a car accident, it’s very likely that you have back pain. Imaging tests, including  X-rays and MRIs, help pinpoint the damage, which could be vertebrae misalignment or herniated disks.

Dr. Striano may use manual manipulation to correct spinal misalignment. If the problem is severe, he may use machine-assisted spinal decompression to gently stretch and realign your spine. You lie face up on a computer-assisted table with your chest and pelvic area in a harness. The lower part of the table with your harnesses moves back and forth, providing traction and relaxation. A computer-controlled machine, the DRX9000, moves the table. Hudson Rivertowns Chiropractic has a very high success rate with this technology.

Decompression releases knots of tissue and allows normal blood flow to those areas. Pressure on the nerves is released. Rather than prescribing drugs to combat pain, Dr. Striano helps your body heal itself.

If you’ve been in a car accident, call or book an appointment online for a complete evaluation, including diagnosis and a treatment plan, with Hudson Rivertowns Chiropractic.