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Even "Little" Accidents Can be Dangerous
Recently, a young man went to his chiropractor because he was
having headaches and dizzy spells. The chiropractor examined him
and asked him if he had been injured recently.
"No, not really, " the patient reported. "I mean, I was in a little fender
bender a couple weeks ago, but it wasn't serious. I didn't have to go
to the hospital or anything."
Like so many other people, he didn't see how a "little" accident
could cause any problems. He didn't break any bones or spill any
blood. The care was barely dented on the passenger side, and he
was able to drive away as soon as the police finished their report.
What he didn't realize is that physical damage can occur even
during a very minor impact. Any sudden jolt can jar the vertebrae
(the bones along the spinal column) out of position.
According to federal government experts, "All driving can be
dangerous. More than 80% of all car crashes occur at speeds less
than 10 mph. Fatalities involving non-belted occupants of cars have
been recorded at as low as 12 mph. That's about the speed you'd be
driving in a parking lot." (U.S. Department of Transportation's
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Seat belt safety
pamphlet # DT HS 802 152).
Three medical doctors writing for the Journal of Musculoskeletal
Medicine came to the same conclusion. "The amount of damage to
the automobile bears little relation to the force applied to the cervical
spine of the occupants," they explained. (Charles Carroll, M.D., Paul
McAfee, M.D., and Lee Riley, Jr., M.D., "Objective findings for
diagnosis of 'whiplash'" March 1986).
Other health care professionals agree. "The accident does not need
to be server in order to generate cervical trauma. Using the brakes
when the light suddenly turns red and when the neck is too relaxed
is enough to cause trauma," said orthopedic doctor Robert Maigne,
M.D. ("A New Approach to Vertebral Manipulations," C.C. Thomas,
Sometimes, even after "little" accidents, the effect of subluxations
are immediate: pain, stiffness, loss of mobility; Unfortunately, at
other times, outward symptoms take time to surface. Weeks or
months later, headaches, backaches, dizziness, or other physical
symptoms arise. Many cases have been documented where people
don't feel the effect of the accident-caused subluxation until years
This is not to imply that every accident or sudden stop will cause a
subluxation. Everyday, people walk away from serious accidents
completely unharmed. But, anyone who is in an accident - even a
minor one - should visit a chiropractor for a thorough checkup. It's
the only way to be sure!
In the Interest of your Health,
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