Rear-End Collisions & Spinal Health


Two cars crash each other

Auto accidents involving a rear-end collision are the most common type of motor vehicle accidents. A rear-end collision results when a driver fails to stop in time and collides with the vehicle in front of them. In many cases this causes a chain reaction of multiple collisions that was resultant from one vehicle striking another in the rear which propelled it into the vehicle in front of them.

There are many causes and circumstances that lead to rear-end collisions. The severity can be range from minor injuries to life threatening. Usually, inattentiveness is the main reason to cause a motorist to not stop in time to avoid the collision. The driver also may have become distracted due to texting, talking on the phone, playing on their phone, or messing with the dash components. The speed of the vehicle is also a major factor in rear-end collisions. The driver might not have realized the rate that traffic was slowing or misjudged their necessary stopping distance. In either case a rear-end collision is highly likely to occur. Following too closely or tail-gaiting also causes a substantial amount of collisions. Weather is also a factor in regards to the prevalence of rear-end collisions. If the roads are icy or snowy then all vehicles will have less traction and the probability of auto accidents goes up immensely.

Factors

There are many factors that need to be addressed in a rear end collision and need to be documented:

  • both types of vehicles and vehicle weights
  • presence of a mounted brush guards on a vehicle’s front end
  • presence of a towing hitch on the struck vehicle
  • vehicle crush
  • damaged frames
  • type of head restraint
  • height of occupant
  • position of occupant
  • gender and size of the occupant
  • pre-existing conditions
  • being in a stationary vehicle
  • unpreparedness for impact
  • multiple impact collisions
  • point of impact and final resting position of vehicles

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there are 2.5 million rear-end collisions each year. This equates to an average of one accident every 8 seconds on the US. The highest percentage of rear-end collisions are for drivers between the ages of 18-24. This trend is only rising as drivers utilize devices such as smart phones and other electronic equipment while driving. The NHTSA reports that drivers are four times more likely to have a serious accident when using a hand-held device while operating a motor vehicle.

Injuries

Many injuries can and do arise from rear-end collisions; even low speed impacts can cause significant damage to the occupant. Many research studies have proved this time and again, however insurance companies want to refute the research and deny your claim. Many times they will utilize the amount of damage done to your vehicle as an assessment of injury. These two are not directly related; for instance if you get rear-ended in a 2015 Ferrari the damage cost will be extremely high as compared to the damage cost of a 1998 Ford Tempo. Injuries can be wide ranging but the most common are:

  • Soft tissue injuries (injuries to ligaments, tendons, and muscles)
  • Neck Pain
  • Disc Herniation
  • Fractures
  • Headaches
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Seat belt injuries

Although the issue of fault in rear-end collisions is not disputed in most cases, it can be disputed in certain cases. Insurance companies are often suspicious of injuries from any claim and this includes rear-end collisions. They will sometimes dispute the nature and extent of the injuries particularly “soft tissue injuries”. Many times their doctors state that your injuries aren’t consistent with the type of collision that you sustained but as one can see there are many variables that are listed above that greatly affect the outcome of any collision. Therefore it is important that you have experienced doctors on your team to assist you. Don’t wait any longer, Act Now!

Procrastination is something to avoid when you’ve sustained injuries in an auto accident. Many different types of injuries can and do occur in rear-end collision and it is vitally important to get these injuries treated and properly documented. Call us now to see if we can help, we offer free consultations to discuss your case and your injuries at no charge to you.

Don’t delay, the longer you wait, the more difficult it may be to recover from your injuries.  Call us now at 303-758-9000 and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Putting Whiplash Misconceptions to Rest

Teenage Driver Suffering Whiplash Injury Traffic Accident

Teenage Driver Suffering Whiplash Injury Traffic Accident

Whiplash and its associated disorders (WAD) is a constellation of symptoms usually, but not always, following a motor vehicle collision. There are other types of mechanisms that cause whiplash, skiing, snow-boarding and sports injuries to name a few. The most common complaints are headaches, neck pain, mid- and lower back pain, concussions and TMJ (jaw) pain, but there are a lot of other injuries that we see less commonly in our practice. Dental and bone fractures, shoulder separations, and joint injuries all occur less frequently.

There are several misconceptions surrounding the whiplash phenomenon. One of the most common being that the more damage to a car the more injury potential it has. Romilly, et al, in their paper refuted this notion. They stated that cars behave differently at different speeds. Cars are stiffer these days compared to 20 years ago. This stiffness makes them accelerate faster when hit at lower speeds compared to a car that would start to crush during a crash. Think of two billiard balls hitting each other as compared to two squishy oranges rolling into each other. (Science folks: Google plastic versus elastic collisions). When a collision reaches a high enough impact speed the car will start to crush. This crushing actually reduces the acceleration to the car and the occupant. This is why they put crumple zones in cars; to make them less injurious.

Another misconception is that there is an injury threshold. That is, some people say that the car that hits your car must be going fast enough to accelerate your car to 5 mph for you to be injured. The truth of the matter is that an injury threshold has never been established.

There are several risk factors that can predispose you to being more easily injured. Some of these are gender, body and/or head position at time of impact, awareness of impending impact, pre-existing degenerative changes (arthritis) and prior injuries to the affected area.

Lastly, another misconception is that you must hit your head or have a loss of consciousness in order to have a concussion. This is also not true. While these two factors increase the head injury potential, rapid acceleration to the head can cause concussive symptoms. Fortunately, most concussions are self-limiting and the symptoms usually lessen within weeks and usually resolve within a year. Of course there are always exceptions.

If you are suffering from auto injury pain, we can help! Here at Denver Integrated Spine Center we are a multi-disciplinary practice featuring a Medical Doctor, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Massage and acupuncture. All of the services we offer are likely covered by auto insurance – that means no money out of your pocket!

Top 10 Reasons Car Insurers Don’t Pay continued….

Continued….. Top 10 reasons Car Insurers Don’t Pay

This is the continued list of the top 10 reasons that most experienced Doctors have seen, used by car insurance companies to avoid paying claims.

6. You didn’t call the police and now there isn’t any record of your crash. While it is wise and practical to call the police it isn’t a necessity for your injury case.  The police generate a report that adds insight to the crash and also establishes who was at fault.  Many times it is blatantly clear who was at fault without having the need for such a police report.  In other events such as bad weather the police might not even come to the scene of the crash due to a high volume of calls.  In these situations it is always advisable to create an online report after the crash to document the events.   Just because you didn’t call the police or they didn’t show up doesn’t in any way mean that you have sabotaged your case.  You are still able to pursue an injury claim against the at-fault driver.

7. They state that you were partially or fully to blame for the crash. Remember that insurance companies are looking for any reason not to pay your claim. They can state anything that they want in an attempt to make you not pursue a claim.  This is very disingenuous but they do it regularly in an attempt to scare uninformed drivers.  Gathering the necessary documentation, taking pictures, and recording the events of the crash always help when establishing who was at-fault.  Having an experienced personal injury lawyer is very important in these cases to provide the evidence and get your claim paid.

8. You were driving while distracted, it was your fault, and we aren’t paying your claim. If you caused a crash due to being distracted, this does not mean that the auto insurance is not contractually responsible for your injuries.  If you have Med-Pay, you are covered up to the limit of your policy.  Whether it be distracted driving, inattentive driving, or careless driving; you are at fault but your carrier in most cases is still obligated to pay your Med-Pay claim.

9. You’re exaggerating your injuries. This is a very common reason for the denial of many medical claims.  Auto carriers will state that you are faking your injuries, lying about your injuries, and overall embellishing to get a higher settlement out of them.  They categorize crashes and if you don’t fit into one of their “boxes” then you must be lying.  We know through countless research articles that no two crashes are alike and categorizing them is very difficult.  If you don’t fit into their categories then they deny your claim.  This is why it is very prudent to have our experienced doctors manage your case because we have to ability to rebut and provide substantial evidence that your injuries came from your crash.

10. There isn’t enough evidence for your claim. In most cases after a crash there is ample evidence of the details of the auto crash.  However that doesn’t mean that the insurance carrier is actively looking for it or that they have to disclose that they have it on file.  Remember that after an auto accident the best thing you can do is be your own advocate.  Take pictures, get the necessary documentation, call the police, make an online report, and talk to witnesses.  Having a good team of doctors and a good lawyer will be able to handle their accusations and get your claims paid.

There are many reasons why auto insurance companies will give as to why they aren’t going to pay your claim.  We highlighted the top 10 reasons that we see in our facility, however this isn’t an all-inclusive list, there are definitely many more.   If you have been in an auto accident give us a call at 303.758.900 so we can evaluate your case and get your treatment started.

Top 10 Reasons Your Auto Accident Claim Won’t be Paid

Top 10 reasons Insurance Companies Won’t Pay Your Accident Claim

Remember insurance companies are in the business of taking in premiums and paying out as little as possible.  These are the top five reasons that most experienced Doctors have seen, used by car insurance companies to avoid paying claims.

1. You have prior injuries or conditions that prohibit them from paying your claim.  Having pre-existing conditions at the time of your condition is a big factor to consider when your claim in being evaluated.  It has been noted in many research articles that having pre-existing conditions will actually make it easier for you to get injured.  The easier it is to get injured also leads to more severe injuries and a worse overall outcome.

2. You’ve waited too long after your accident to seek treatment.  Seeking appropriated medical care is very important to your health and your case.  If you wait for an extended period of time the insurance company states that you weren’t injured or injured enough to seek treatment.  Thus denying your claim.  If you’ve been injured, seek treatment immediately and call us at
303-758-9000.

3. You’re too late: We’ve closed your case.  This is a common response from insurance companies regardless if you’ve been seeking treatment or not.  They simply tell you that your case has been closed in the attempt to make you think that you cannot open a case or you exceeded your time period.  This is one of the simple tricks they pull to make you feel that you’ve done something wrong and now as a result, you aren’t able to make a claim.  The truth is that the only time frame for your case is the “statute of limitations” and in Colorado that runs for three full years after your crash.  Just because you didn’t fill out their forms immediately after your crash doesn’t mean that you can’t file your case.  However if you haven’t been seeking treatment you can’t simply file a case within those three years.  You have to be seeking treatment.

4. The police report states that there weren’t any injuries from your crash.  First of all Police officers are not Doctors nor do they treat injuries.  They are there to enforce the law, document your crash, and ensure the safety of everyone.  It is very common for officers to write on their reports that there weren’t any injuries indicating that no one went to the hospital via ambulance.  Many times injuries don’t present themselves immediately following a collision.  Delayed injuries sometimes take days to weeks to fully present.  Police officers don’t diagnosis injuries; just because they can’t see your injuries does not mean that you haven’t been injured.  These hidden injuries need to be appropriately addressed so they don’t magnify and worsen over time.

5. Our Doctor says that you couldn’t have been hurt or hurt as bad as you are.  Of course this is what they are going to say, remember they are in the business of taking your premiums and denying payments.  All insurance companies have medical experts review your file and give an opinion that the majority of the time states that your injuries sustained aren’t consistent with the type of crash that you were in.  There are hundreds of variables to take into account for each and every auto accident and they are generalizing your case.  These medical experts have never seen you or discussed your injuries; their opinion is just that; an opinion.  To rebut their opinions you have to have specialized Doctors that are able to justify your injuries and prove that your treatment was reasonable and necessary.  This is exactly what we do at The Denver Integrated Spine Center.

 

6-10 To Be Continued…….

Injuries from an Auto Accident need Specialized Doctors

Serious Cases need Serious Doctors

If you’ve been involved in an auto crash your injuries could vary from minor to life threatening.  Having a team of Doctors that understand your injuries and how to handle a personal injury case is vitally important.  They will aid you in your recovery as well in the recovery of your losses.  Not all Doctors are created equal; just as all mechanics or lawyers aren’t created equal.  Many times Doctors will specialize in a sub-specialty within their chosen field.  Such as a Medical Doctor specializing in pediatrics or emergency medicine; the same is true for Physical Therapists and Chiropractors.  Here at the Denver Integrated Spine Center our Doctors all specialize in automobile crashes.  We are the experts within the community in regards to the biomechanics of an auto accident, how you get injured, and to what extent you get injured.  No to crashes are the same and each has to be addressed with all the relevant variables that will affect the outcome of the crash.

Car Crash Doctors

In a personal injury case your Doctors job is much more than merely getting you healthy after your crash.  They are also responsible for being able to substantiate your injuries; meaning that they have to be able to prove that your injuries were derived from your crash.  This means that your Doctors have to be well versed on the current literature in regards to crashes and this includes but is not limited to; force vectors, linear kinematics, deformations, injury grading systems, changes in velocity to the occupant, g-forces, and outcome assessments.  If your Doctor does not understand the basics of a crash they will be doing you and your case a disservice if the insurance company refuses to pay for the injuries that have occurred.  How will they be able to prove it? If they can’t you will have to pay the medical bills out of your pocket and likely not get a settlement!  That is why it’s incredibly important to see our Doctors to ensure that all aspects of your case are taken into consideration.  In the event that the offending parties’ insurance company doesn’t want to pay the bills that have accrued, there is a high probability that your case will be headed to court.  It is now your Doctors responsibility to go to court on your behalf and once again substantiate your injuries and prove that your treatment was reasonable and necessary.  If you Doctor isn’t well versed in car accidents, how do you think this is going to go.  Not well, we can promise you that.  They will be going against a personal injury defense attorney that only specializes in this area.  The outcome will not be favorable and now you’re still stuck with your bills and now lawyer fees on top of that.  Having a specialized group of Doctors is very important for your recovery and also in regards to the medical legal ramifications of a personal injury case.  As you can see your Doctor will be doing much more than meets the eye for you and your case.  They are required to do many things to ensure that you get treated fairly by the insurance companies.  It is now easy to see how these types of situations can quickly unravel in the event that your Doctor doesn’t specialize in the field of auto accidents.

Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Here at the Denver Integrated Spine Center we believe in utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach to your recovery.  This means that we work closely with different types of providers to ensure the best and quickest recovery is achieved.  In our office alone we provide you with a Medical Doctor, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, and Massage Therapists.  The results from having a close integrated team is that all the providers are on the same page with your treatment to ensure you get the best quality care.  Having all these specialists at one location is of a great aid to anyone in an auto accident.  This eliminates the need to drive and commute all around the city just to get treatment.  The majority of rehabilitative services can be performed at our location.  There are cases that require other specialists that aren’t at our location and due to the fact that we specialize in auto cases; we have a built out network of other providers that specialize in auto cases as well.

Remember that not all Doctors are created equal in rendering treatment for an auto crash.  We specialize in this area and would be happy to treat you after your accident.  Call us at 303.758.9000 and we can set you up with a complimentary consultation.

Who Pays My Medical Bills After an Auto Accident

Who Pays my Medical Bills after I’ve been in an Auto Accident

When you’re involved in an auto accident there at many variables that will be taken into account in regards to who pays for your medical treatment.  The most important factor is “who was” the At-Fault driver.  There are more options and entities to pay for your medical treatment if you are the Not At-Fault driver.  If by chance you are the At-Fault driver you still have options however they are more limited.

Traffic-AccidentMost people look at the situation in one of two ways

  • Someone hit my vehicle; they will pay for any medical bills I have
  • I hit someone; I will have to pay out of pocket for my medical bills

Both of these are true statements and both aren’t entirely correct either.  The personal injury world can be difficult to understand so we are going to add some clarity; to make everything more understandable.  As we begin to break down the scenarios below remember that no two cases are the same however what we will be illustrating is true for the majority of cases.  Before we do we need to review what Medical Payment Coverage (Med-Pay) is because it is a large factor in determining who pays.

Med-Pay in Colorado

Colorado State Law has required that all automobile policies issued in the state to include a minimum amount of Med-Pay coverage.   The overall purpose of this coverage is to provide the first $5,000 of medical expenses following a car crash.  This type of coverage will cover costs that are resultant of ambulances, hospital visits, urgent care, medical doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapy.     The amount of Med-Pay on your policy is the amount that each individual in your vehicle is covered for.  For example; you have $5,000 of coverage; you’re the driver and you have two other passengers; yourself and each of the other two passengers have $5,000 individually for coverage after the car accident.

Regardless of who is At-Fault!

Med-Pay is designed to cover the immediate costs that are incurred after any auto accident.  Without Med-Pay auto insurance companies will do everything they can to not have to cover the damages and pay for your medical bills.  You pay for Med-pay on your own auto insurance; it is a built in protection mechanism against any situation that might arise from an auto crash.  There are different limits of Med-Pay that you can pay for ($5,000-$25,000); all of which will have a small increase on your monthly premium.  This premium difference is very small in contrast to the huge medical bills that can be resultant from a car crash. Med-Pay offers the first line of financial protection when you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision.

All insurance companies must offer Med-Pay with new and renewal policies, however each individual has the option to opt-out of coverage by doing so in writing.  Don’t do this!! The coverage it provides is huge and the cost is very small.  If you don’t have Med-Pay; call your insurance company and have it added to your policy.  (http://cdn.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/DORA-DI/CBON/DORA/1251623076500)

 

Who’s going to Pay

Not At-Fault

If you’re Not At-Fault and have been injured, your Med-Pay policy will be used first if you have the benefit on your own auto policy.  You will not have a premium increase on your monthly rate if you use your Med-Pay; you were Not At-Fault.  If you exceed your Med-Pay benefit or do not have Med-Pay then we will bill the third party insurance.  The third party insurance is the insurance that the At-Fault driver was carrying.  They are responsible for any medical bills that are reasonable and necessary up to the limits of the policy that the At-Fault driver was carrying.  In the event that the At-Fault driver doesn’t have any insurance or you’re involved in a hit and run; then your un-insured/under-insured  (UM/UIM) will pick up the financial obligations up to the limits of your policy.  It is very important to have both UM/UIM and  Med-Pay on your own auto policy for situations like these.

At-Fault

In the situation where you are the At-Fault driver and have been injured; your Med-Pay policy will be used first if you have the benefit.  Your monthly premiums will be going up, not from the fact that you’re using your Med-Pay, but from the fact that you caused an auto accident.  If you don’t have Med-Pay your options become more limited and at this point your will have to pay out of pocket for your expenses.  Your health insurance will be utilized next after the Med-Pay and any expenses will be based off of your individual coverage.  If you don’t have health insurance then you’ll have the option to pay at the time of service.

Have you been in an Auto Crash

As you can see there are many variables that come into effect after an auto crash.  If you’ve been in a crash; no matter who was at fault, call us at 303-758-9000 and let us help you with the complexities that a personal injury case presents.

 

Delayed Injuries from a Car Accident

Delayed Injuries from a Car Accident

Many times after an auto accident the individuals involved don’t realize they’ve been injured.  Just because you don’t have severe life threatening injuries following a motor vehicle collision does not mean that you haven’t been injured.  For many people it can take days to weeks for the injuries to fully appear.  The absence of large obvious injuries can overshadow injuries that have occurred to the soft tissues.  Soft tissue injuries can be either prominent pain generating tissues or more insidious injuries that can affect the individual over time.  These types of injuries need to be diagnosed and treated to avoid causing significant difficulties to the injured individual as time goes on.

Getting Medical care Following a Car Accident is Key

Car Crash DoctorsAfter any type of car accident it is imperative to follow up with a Doctor that is skilled in detecting injuries from an auto accident.  Seeing a Doctor as soon as possible is especially important even if you don’t immediately have any feeling of pain or discomfort.  Getting appropriate and timely documentation of your condition is crucial for establishing any personal injury claim.  A properly trained Doctor will be able to detect “hidden injuries” that could be in the process of revealing themselves or could reveal themselves in the future.  These types of injuries could include but not limited to concussions, mild traumatic brain injuries, strains, biomechanical dysfunction, and sprains.  Getting medical treatment quickly will also allow you to begin the rehabilitation process and begin to recover from your injuries.

Any alteration in normal biomechanics or dysfunction of any soft tissue or joint structure; is classified as an injury.  Some are very painful; while others don’t elicit the same pain response from the body.  The body has the ability to compensate for certain injuries which gives the appearance that certain tissues haven’t been damaged.  However because certain biomechanics have changed this will lead to an early onset of osteoarthritic changes that have a wide array of health concerns.

Many injuries can go unnoticed for months to years before an association can be made as to what caused the presenting condition.  Many individuals present years after an auto crash and have what appear to be long standing biomechanical and structural changes due to the fact that they didn’t seek treatment at an appropriate time following an auto crash.  The injured individual will have to pay out of pocket expenses to get the necessary help that is required to help them.  When they could have had the third party pay for their treatment and then not have to suffer over time as their condition was worsening.

Statistics

Crash Type-The number of motor vehicle crashes, by crash type, is presented in the table below. The total number of police-reported traffic crashes increased by 1.3 percent from 2012 to 2013.  Remember these are only “police-reported” crashes, the true number is presumed to be much higher.

Number of Crashes by Crash Type

Crash Type 2012 2013 Change Change %
    Fatal Crashes 31,006 30,057 -949 -3.1%
    Non-Fatal Crashes 5,584,000 5,657,000 +73,000 +1.3%
Total Crashes 5,615,000 5,687,000 +72,000 +1.3%

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812101.pdf

Many people are injured in Colorado car accidents every single day.  Based on US Census Bureau data; Colorado represents approximately 2% of the US population in 2014 (http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/08000.html). 2% of the reported 5,687,000 auto crashes equates to 113,740 reported crashes on the roads of Colorado in 2013. There are on average of 311 reported auto crashes on Colorado roads every day.

Occupants and Non-occupants Injured in Traffic Crashes

Description Injured in 2013
Total 2,313,000
     Passenger Vehicles 2,046,000
          Passenger Cars 1,296,000
          Light Trucks 750,000
     Trucks 24,000
     Motorcycles 88,000
     Pedestrians 66,000
     Pedal cyclists 48,000
     Others/Unknown 11,000

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812101.pdf

The rate of injury on Colorado roads remains high; based on census data and the injury information listed above it is noted that there were about 46,260 injury related car accidents on Colorado roads in 2013.  This equates to 126 injury crashes per day with a wide range of severity. (http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/08000.html)

The reality is that any collision involving a motor vehicle results in large physical force being transferred through the vehicle and into the occupant. Forces from the crash can injure the human body in many ways, and sometimes those injuries simply do not reveal themselves immediately after impact. Often times, a person may not immediately realize that he or she has sustained an injury to the neck, back, brain, and or spinal cord. Some of the injuries are serious, requiring medical care and forcing the victim to undergo weeks or months of treatment.

Sometimes severe and serious bodily injuries from a car crash can, and often do, take time to manifest. The body’s immediate reaction to the accident may be hiding the fact that they have been hurt.  It is important for anyone who has been involved in any collision to know that their body can mask injuries and this is why it is vitality important to seek out the Doctors at our location to properly diagnose and treat your auto injuries.

If you have been involved in an auto accident and are unsure of the severity of your injuries; contact us at 303.758.9000 and we would be happy to evaluate your injuries and get you back on your feet.

What to do if you’re in an Auto Accident

From the initial moment of being involved in a car crash your life will be changed and challenged in more ways than you can realize.

Why does my body hurt?Auto Accident

What can I do about it?

Who’s going to pay for my health bills?

Who’s going to repair my car?

Who’s going to pay for it?

How many insurance claims do I have?

Which one is for my car and which is for my health coverage?

How am I going to get to work?

How will I make money if I can’t get to work?

Do I need an attorney?

How do I get my kids to school and events with no car?

Am I responsible for any of this?

Why does the insurance company call so much?

What do I tell them?
What to do is you’re involved in an Auto Collision

  • Stop Immediately
  • If seriously injured go to the emergency room
  • Call the Police
  • Collect as much information as possible
  • Contact us Immediately to set up a consultation and evaluation

How you spend the time immediately after a car crash can be very valuable to your case and ultimately determine who pays for the damages.  Utilizing this time is paramount to collect as much information as you can about the crash and everyone involved in the auto accident.   Gather the other drivers insurance and ID information, talk to any potential witnesses, take pictures of the vehicles including the license plate.  Always remember that you have to do your best to protect yourself in these unfortunate events.  Remember there is always the possibility of being involved in a hit and run, or the other drivers being under-or-uninsured.  To ensure you won’t be held responsible for any damages or fees; you need to have proper insurance for yourself but also document everything that might be of value to your case.

Your health care issues will be held as an injury claim and your auto damages will be a separate claim.  We are experts in helping you navigate the difficult waters of an injury claim.  Until you have been in an auto collision you have never understood the difficulties that can come along with it.  It is very important to seek out qualified health care providers that are familiar with personal injury cases.  These cases follow certain protocols and procedures, require very detailed documentation, and often require numerous specialties to participate.  Additionally it is your Doctors duty to provide a mechanism of injury and prove causation in your motor vehicle collision, to prove your injuries were from your car crash.  These are vital steps to proving the necessity and validity of your health treatment.  In the event your Doctors have to go to trial to defend your treatment and prove your injuries, you want Doctors on your side that are well versed and educated within the system.  We have gone to trial on numerous occasions for our patients and will for you as well, if your case goes to court.  We specialize in the area of personal injury claims and are the true professionals in getting you back to health and living your normal life.

The bottom line is if you don’t act quickly, you’ve probably hurt your injury claim, and you could be potentially prolonging your recovery.  By waiting, you are simply providing the insurance company and their lawyers with a defense to use against you.  Procrastination isn’t fatal to a personal injury claim, but it is something to avoid when you have been hurt in an auto accident.

Call us at the Denver Integrated Spine Center to see if we can help.  We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your injuries at no charge to you.  If you were not at fault in the accident, you won’t have any out of pocket expenses for your treatment. If you were at fault there are several options available to you as well.  Don’t delay, the longer you wait, the more difficult it is to recover from your auto injuries.

Contact us now at (303) 758-9000 and we will be happy to answer your questions.

The Simple Healing Power of the Needle

Patient receiving healing acupuncture treatment

Relax and heal with dry-needling or acupuncture

There are plenty of misconceptions that exist in the world regarding acupuncture and dry needling. These false notions are often related to exactly how it affects the body and the actual ability of the procedures to induce healing or relaxation. Even less understood is the difference between dry-needling and acupuncture. The two procedures are distinctly different and used for different therapeutic and medicinal purposes despite the fact that the two terms are often interchanged or used incorrectly. Both use needles, however, in extremely different ways. By understanding the actual differences in these procedures,  you will be able to make informed choices about which approach is best designed to treat your particular health condition.

Two Contrasting Schools of Thought

The most common difference that patients will notice between the two procedures is the location of the treatment area in regards to the injury site.  Additionally the level of discomfort that may be associated with the treatments can vary from person to person, but generally dry-needling can have varying degrees of discomfort.  This difference in sensation is due to the fact that the two techniques approach the body and nerves in two different ways. Since being developed in the 1970’s, dry-needling is aimed specifically at treating muscular tension, muscular dysfunction, and active trigger points.  It is based on Western knowledge of anatomy and physiology that has been fundamentally researched.  Acupuncture, on the other hand, is based off of traditional Eastern medicine and 5000 years of history, which utilizes the meridian system which follows the flow of Qi throughout the body.

Acupuncture Principles

The meridian system of the body is one that is based on the studies of ancient Chinese cultures whereas the techniques that are used in dry-needling are much more reliant on the contemporary models of the human body and nervous system. The ancient Chinese were primarily concerned about the flow of Qi throughout the body, believing that any blockage of this vital energy causes pain and discomfort. The aim of acupuncture is to release these blockages in the body where energy is unable to flow through its proper channels. Achieving this goal often means placing the needles in areas of body that are physically distant from the actual area where the pain is occurring.

What is Dry-Needling

Dry-needling utilizes a different approach to treating conditions and injuries; it is based on a foundation of Neuroanatomy. Dry-needling is typically used to treat the symptoms of muscular pain, muscular dysfunction, and muscular injury.

Dry-needling works in two distinct ways and in the majority of cases is very simple.

  1. An acupuncture needle is inserted into the injured or dysfunctional tissue with the intent of causing the muscle fibers to activate.  By stimulating the individual fibers to activate, the muscles will begin to twitch; which is simply the muscle contracting rapidly.  This contracting is an involuntary reflexive reaction as different neural pathways are being utilized.  Dry needling will cause relaxation of the muscle fibers through the disruption of the motor endplate.

 

  1. With each needle insertion; microscopic injuries are incurred which causes a local healing response which will then induce normal functioning.  This healing response is a chemically mediated response through the release of Substance P, Bradykinin, and other neurotransmitters, which block the transmission of pain signals to the central nervous system.  By stimulating the neural pathways that disrupt the pain signals from reaching the central nervous system the pain level can be reduced or eliminated.

The utilization of dry-needling can cause some initial discomfort as the muscles are being directly influenced.  Although its use is typically orthopedic in nature, dry-needling does have the ability to address some internal health conditions.  Acupuncture is seen as both a healing and preventive measure in the world of medicine while dry-needling is viewed as a healing practice that is implemented once an injury occurs.