Just remember C.R.A.S.H.
Rescue: Safety 1st. Like an airplane when the oxygen masks come down, make sur you are safe 1st. then Look for others to serve. Only if you are safe can you help others. When panicked, take an extra measure of caution before you dart into traffic.
Assess: (Plan ahead, keep a pair of non-latex gloves in your car). If the victim is unconscious, look for any obvious loss of blood 1st, if so apply pressure with an article of clothing or a travel blanket until emergency medical services (EMS) arrive. If there is no obvious blood loss, look, but do not move the victim. Access head to toe for any obvious blood loss. Do not try to move people unless they are in a life threating situation. If they are conscious ask where they hurt and address the most severe injuries 1st If they are safe , keep them in the car and let EMS view the scene of the crash, apply emergency treatment and make the proper reports etc. (the less you disturb the scene of the crash the better the mechanism of possible injuries will be understood and where to look for injuries. This further helps document the case if legal implications become a factor.
Specialist: If you are severely injured, care at a Level I trauma center lowers the risk of death by 25% .
S -CIREN Seattle CIREN University of Washington Harborview Medical Center Eil B l Ch i M k Eileen Bulger, Chris Mack, Rob Kaufman, Giana Davidson ( National Highway traffic safety administration )
The Emergency Room or Emergency department’s job is to make sure you don’t have any life threating injuries, stabilize you and then release you. They are experts in helping you stay alive. once you know you and your family are not in any emergent, life threatening danger, they release you from the hospital but That does not mean you are released form further care. Consider a specialist to examine you and your loved ones. (if you don’t love them, don’t bother, just wait and see…, NOT, just wanted to see if you were still reading…) One of the best places to start care for your injuries is your Whiplash Certified Doctor of Chiropractic (DC). Other specialist such as Doctors of Osteopathy (DO) some MDs and some PT’s also use spinal correction as part of their care, but none of them specialize in it like a DC. Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) are recognized as the experts in spinal correction sometimes called a spinal adjustment. DC’s are proficient is in their care of the entire musculoskeletal system and are best known for their specialty in back and neck injuries. DC’s are given licensure as primary care provider in all states of the U.S.A. and as such no referral is required to see a DC. Whiplash certified Chiropractor (Motor Vehicle occupant injury specialist) means, that beyond the Training as a Chiropractic physician, they have spent extra time in the classroom, studied, tested and certified to understand the dynamics and physics of a crash. What types of injuries to look for when a person is hit from the rear, side or front? What happens if the seat back breaks? Why is a person injured when the car has very little obvious damage? Could it be that your car has a trailer hitch or trailer receiver anchored to the frame of your car, not allowing engineered crush zones to actually work? How could this effect the injuries? What difference does it make if you were hit on black ice or if you were on dry roads & how does this help explain the injuries. What about the person who is limp and relaxed vs. the person who tensed up and braced themselves before impact? Chiropractic is such a good choice and a certified whiplash specialist is even better. A certified doctor can document your case and answer all these questions and develop a treatment plan that will have specific treatment designed for your specific injuries. As the pain improves, strengthening will be introduced in a controlled setting and follow up home care instructions will be given for a full chance of recovery.
Your Chiropractic whiplash specialist has developed professional relationships with nearly every specially and will refer out for MRI’s, Orthopedic and surgical consultations when necessary.
Do you just want a “quick fix” or a real fix? A wise person once said that it is better to go through something, we need to go through rather than try to go around it.
Chiropractic is safe, time proven, non-addicting and non-organ damaging treatment that can help you deal with your pain for a real recovery. When you think of your loved ones and the rise of Opioid addiction, wouldn’t you rather have a doctor who specializes in a drug free approach when possible/ One that will focus on the cause of the pain rather than just covering it up? Not that there is not a place for medication, because there is, and Dc’s work with your medical doctor when the pain is just too much.
Chiropractic alleviates pain by removing nerve interference from the spine. Chiropractic creates optimal healing by addressing proper form and function, accelerating the healing process. If your body heals in the right place, there is less chance of fibrous adhesions and degeneration in the years to come. We all know or have heard about someone that had an injury and it healed wrong. Don’t let that happen to you. Your body was designed to heal, and chiropractic was designed to help your body heal itself.
Early care: As a general rule R.I.C.E. it.
Rest : take some down time to heal. Stressing joints ligaments and muscles too soon slows recovery
Ice: 10min for small body parts, 15 min for medium body parts and 20 min. for large body parts. Initially ice 3 or more times per day. Keep 1 hour between ice applications.
Compress: use elastic bandage wraps. For extremities always start at the bottom and work up toward the heart. (start just below the injury sight, for example at hand and work up to the arm, or upper arm, or at the foot ad work up the leg and thigh).
Elevate: raise the legs arms higher than the heart to assist with circulation.
Follow any other home care recommendations from your provider
- Todd N. Grant DC, Certified whiplash specialist.