Whiplash Injuries in Raleigh
Did you know that whiplash is the most common injury following a car accident? Speeds of as little as 5 mph have been documented to result in whiplash injuries in Raleigh.
While it is very common to have back pain, shoulder pain, and leg pain after a car accident, whiplash can cause serious, lasting health issues. Symptoms of whiplash include: neck pain, stiffness in the neck, headaches, shoulder and upper back pain, blurry vision, dizziness, and numbness in the arms. These and all symptoms sustained from whiplash can effectively be treated by chiropractic care.
Chiropractic Treatment for Whiplash in Raleigh
Upon your first visit to our office for whiplash treatment, a detailed history will be performed of your bodily injuries to determine the cause and extent of those injuries. From there, your doctor’s first goal is to properly diagnose your injuries and develop a chiropractic care plan to bring down your pain and regain your life again.
It’s not uncommon for prior testing such as x-rays or CT scans to come back negative; these tests are not the best tests to visualize soft tissue injuries in the body, and car accident injuries usually occur in the ligaments, muscles, discs, and nerves. Because of this, your doctor may order additional testing that is better suited to diagnose injuries to the nerves and rule out soft tissue damage.
The primary goal of your initial whiplash visit is to bring down your pain levels and begin the road to recovery. Proven physiotherapies and gentle alignments to your spine and joints will be administered to stop the muscle spasms, numbness, and stiffness you are likely experiencing. Recommendations will be provided on what to do at home in between chiropractic treatments, and you will be provided with a heat and ice pack to use at home.
How Long will treatment take?
On average, whiplash treatment will take 6-8 weeks. But in more serious cases, treatment may take several months.
The chiropractic approach to treating whiplash injuries is highly successful compared with traditional medical treatments because chiropractors focus on rehabilitating the injured tissues and restoring optimal function. This is reflected in the high patient satisfaction scores that chiropractors have received in “patient satisfaction surveys” performed on MVA patients.
Why Dr. Gerdes is an Expert in Treating Whiplash
Dr. Gerdes has extensive experience treating whiplash after a car accident. He has a background in exercise science and uses many of the physiotherapies he uses with top professional athletes, on those with whiplash and car accident injuries. He has completed one of the most advanced certifications for doctors treating injuries in the world from The Spine Research Institute in San Diego, on Whiplash and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.
He has taken post-doctoral courses in Radiology and Neurology from Harvard Medical School and The University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Academy of Chiropractic Post Doctoral Division, and is credentialed in MRI interpretation of the spine.
He is recognized as a sworn medical expert witness in chiropractic by the courts in North Carolina. He co-authored a book on whiplash called Understanding Whiplash: A Car Accident Victims Health Guide.
Insurance Options for Auto Injuries
We Accept Auto Insurance & Third Party Billing Or Attorney Representation: There is Typically No Up-Front Cost For Care
- We will file your insurance claims for you to the car insurance at fault per your request.
- We will submit your office charges and records to the car insurance for you and our friendly staff will contact any adjusters assigned to your claim.
- If you were the at-fault driver we will verify any medpay benefits you may have to use on your own auto insurance policy to pay for your treatment.
- If you are represented by an attorney handling your case we will submit your records when your treatment has finished at no cost to you.