Union AUTO ACCIDENT & WHIPLASH victims: We can help you avoid years of nagging pain or serious problems!
Types of Car Accident Injuries
There are many types of car accident injuries:
The first 24-78 hours after a car accident are crucial. Whiplash and injuries to the neck and back can occur even at pretty low speeds, and are often not felt right away. Post-accident stress and adrenaline can often mask pain from a car injury for several hours and even days.
If you've been in an auto accident, have been diagnosed with whiplash, or THINK you may have whiplash or other spinal injuries, you can't afford NOT to see a qualified injury recovery specialist right away. Delaying your treatment can delay your recovery!
Protect yourself with early detection and correction Whether or not you have any symptoms now, if you've been in an accident- however small -you might have undetected structural injuries such as whiplash, spinal subluxations (misalignments), or bone, soft tissue, or nerve damage that could cause you serious problems and expense weeks, months, even years down the road.
Even if you didn't have to go to the hospital or you went and the ER physician or your family doctor says you're fine except for whiplash or other mild soft-tissue damage, seek another opinion from an injury specialist immediately.
Why? Because the typical ER doctor or general practitioner (internist) is not specifically trained in structural injury and its potential long term effects. Even soft tissue injuries, particularly to spinal ligaments, can have serious long-term consequences if not correctly diagnosed and treated right away.
HOW LONG SHOULD I WAIT TO SEE A CHIROPRACTIC DOCTOR FOLLOWING A CAR ACCIDENT?
It can vary by the individual and severity of the accident, but within the first three to seven days it is generally recommended to see an auto injury chiropractor for a variety of reasons.From an injury perspective ;car accident chiropractors want to address the issue immediately to mitigate any further damage and accelerate the recovery process. Starting this process before symptoms peak can help aid the path to recovery.
From an insurance coverage perspective ; whether or not you are at fault, insurance companies give a relatively small window to seek care for injuries related to a car accident. As this window narrows, it can become increasingly challenging to receive compensation for continued professional medical care and post-accident therapy and rehabilitation.
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Ness Chiropractic specializes in the treatment of whiplash and other spinal or structural damage that has occurred as a result of an auto accident, on-the-job, or from a sports related injury. Please, whether you get help here or from someone else, don't take your good health for granted. Schedule your free consultation with an injury specialist right away. You'll be glad you did!
Best of all, MOST of these injuries can be treated naturally without risky surgeries or dangerous drugs by working with your body's innate healing powers.
To learn more about our office, take a look at our Treatment and Insurance information. Getting the proper care for your injuries is easier and more affordable than you may realize.
WHAT IS WHIPLASH?
Whiplash, or sometimes called neck strain, refers to an injury of the neck that is the result of a sudden excessive force that causes the neck and head to jerk forward and then backward or vice versa, such as in an auto crash which causes damage to the muscle or tendons (the bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones). Similarly and yet different, neck sprains are caused by tearing of the ligaments (the tissues that connect the bones to each other). Both strains and sprains typically affect muscles, discs, nerves, ligaments, and tendons in the delicate structure of the neck and are treated similarly. These injuries can also occur in contact sports, other activities, or work accidents that might involve a sudden impact.
Although whiplash is a common injury experienced by millions of Americans every year, it can result in structural damage that is difficult to detect and correct. If not properly diagnosed and treated, these injuries can undermine the structural balance of the body and set off a "domino effect" that can exacerbate over time producing a wide variety of symptoms from headaches and extremity pain or numbness, to loss of mobility or even mental function. Whiplash injuries are a serious problem and 30% of whiplash injury patients still have problems one year after the accident.
If you are experiencing a headache that worsens or persists, have weakness or trouble talking, confusion, dizziness, nausea or are excessively sleepy, you need to see a doctor right away as you may be experiencing a concussion related to the injury which caused your whiplash.
Symptoms of Whiplash Injury
While each person will experience symptoms differently, any of the following could indicate a whiplash injury:
Will My Insurance Pay For Chiropractic Care?
If you've been in an auto accident, your insurance should pay for 100% care-at least up to a reasonable limit.
For other circumstances, coverage may depend on a few factors.
Do you have chiropractic coverage?
After diagnosis using physical examination and X-rays (CT scan, and/or MRI are sometimes also recommended), conventional medical treatments may involve ice applications, pain and anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxing medications, and/or physical rehabilitation. A cervical collar may be prescribed as well for severe cases.
The Chiropractic Alternative
Because Chiropractic Physicians are uniquely trained in human structure or biomechanics, they are uniquely qualified to address the structural damage that occurs in a whiplash injury. While they may use many of the same diagnostic and treatment tools, the care plan is designed to correct the underlying damage, not merely to mitigate the symptoms.
Relying less on drugs and more on an in-depth knowledge of correct or normal structural health, our chiropractor will use a series of adjustments and exercises or physical rehabilitation to relieve symptoms, restore normal alignment and function, and "retrain" muscles and soft tissue to "hold" the correction long-term. Best of all, MOST of these injuries can be treated naturally without risky surgeries or dangerous drugs by working with your body's innate healing powers.
DR. JEFFREY NESS
Dr. Jeffrey Ness is a second generation chiropractor who was born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and raised in Wahpeton, North Dakota. His first chiropractic experience was at the age of ten days when his dad gave him a "Logan Basic" adjustment to ease the symptoms of colic. He helped his father in his chiropractic office from a very young age. Always fascinated by his father's ability to "help sick people get well", it was only natural for him to pursue his own career in chiropractic.
In August of 1977 Jeffrey packed up his Mustang II pulling a small trailer filled with all his worldly belongings and moved to St. Louis to attend Logan College of Chiropractic. After spending his first winter in St. Louis, which was NOTHING compared to your typical winter in North Dakota, he was sold on the idea of staying in the St. Louis area. Dr. Ness graduated from Logan College on January 3rd of 1981. After he passed his Illinois and Missouri boards he started his personal chiropractic career by working for another doctor in Bridgeton Missouri. Eagerly awaiting his chance to start his own practice, in the winter and spring of 1983 doctor Ness found and purchased an existing practice in Union and began his private practice on May 11th, 1983. His original office was located in Union's historic "Creamery Building", after eleven years of practice he moved to his current location at 214 South Church Street.
Now celebrating 36 years in Union, Dr. Ness continues to treat the residents of Union City, St. Louis City and the surrounding areas of Franklin, Jefferson, Gasconade and St. Louis Counties. With his unique adjusting skill and style as well as his expertise in acupuncture, he attracts patients from near and far.
Dr. Ness's primary adjusting technique is the Thompson Technique. He also utilizes Activator methods, Diversified and SOT. He utilizes the latest technological advances in muscle stimulation, ultra sound, and acupuncture, cervical and lumbar traction. This better allows him to treat a variety of different injuries relating to sports, automobile and industrial accidents.
Acupuncture has long been a fascination to Dr. Ness. In 1972 his father was the first licensed chiropractor in the state of North Dakota to also be licensed to treat patients with the newly introduced art of acupuncture. The healing philosophy of chiropractic and acupuncture align in direct parallels so it was only natural that the young doctor Ness pursue his own interest in acupuncture. Dr. Ness attained his National Certification in Acupuncture in 1980 while attending Logan College. It wasn't until 1986 that he was able to incorporate it into his private practice when the State of Missouri officially approved its use.
Dr. Ness most recently completed training in "Chiropractic Rehab" through Logan College's continuing education department. This training emphasizes core stabilization techniques to assist his patients to attain greater stability after sports, automobile or work related injuries. He also includes these teachings in his daily practice encouraging his regular patients to incorporate these exercise patterns in to their daily routine for greater emphasis on "prevention".
One of Dr. Ness's favorite sayings is:
It is easier to STAY WELL than it is to GET WELL!
Consequently, prevention based maintenance treatments are the main foundation to the treatment philosophy at Ness Chiropractic. He still sees patients he started treating in 1983!
Dr. Ness specializes in an adjusting technique called the "Thompson Technique". This technique utilizes a specially designed adjusting table that assists the doctor to quickly and easily adjust his patients' spines as well as their extremities.
Dr. Ness is also trained in the "Activator Methods" of adjusting, "Diversified" and "SOT". Acupuncture is a major adjunctive therapy utilized to assist the chiropractic approach to treating health and wellness as well as for pain management. Dr. Ness has found it to be especially useful for people suffering with fibromyalgia and migraine headaches.
In October of 2018, Dr. Ness added the Erchonia 635 laser to his arsenal of healing aids. This low level laser therapy (LLLT) has enhanced his already successful techniques of healing. This opened up a new level of state of the art therapy modalities to help with those chronic and difficult pain related cases that have plagued our healthcare system for so long. LLLT is another way of treating pain without the use of highly addictive and sometimes deadly opiate based pain medications, often prescribed to our patient’s by their medical doctors.
As a long standing member of the Missouri State Chiropractors Association (MSCA), Dr. Ness has recently stepped down from his board positions after holding the position of board representative and board secretary for over 15 years. In 2018, the MSCA officially changed its name to the Missouri Chiropractic Physicians Association (MCPA) to better represent the ever expanding scope and identification of our profession. Our primary mission continues to be to assist the chiropractic profession to better serve the citizens of the state of Missouri. This is frequently accomplished through legislation and other legal challenges in an effort to support our patients' insurance rights. Dr. Ness has long found great reward serving both his profession as well as his patients by his MCPA involvement. Feel free to visit the MCPA web site: http://www.mscainfo.com
First, remember, nothing is more important than your health, especially when you start to lose it.
Most people have one thing on their mind: their automobile!
They worry: "What about my car?" "What will I drive?" "What will happen to my insurance?" "Who is going to pay for this?"
The last thing on their minds is: "Have I been damaged?"
The damage from spinal nerve stress may take months or even years to surface, not to mention post-traumatic osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis can ruin your posture. Osteoarthritis can cause the discs in your spine to degenerate and create scarring, leading to chronic stiffness and the inability to move properly.
A Chiropractic exam and proper treatment can save an accident victim from much pain and disability later.
Our concern is to give you the care you need, if you need it. If we cannot help you, we will refer you to a doctor who can.
Second, remember, once you settle your case, you lose the right to have your insurance company pay for treatment if you need it.
A good rule of thumb is to be informed of your rights and then make a decision.
COMPLIMENTARY INJURY RECOVERY ASSESSMENT
The first, most important step toward full recovery and prevention of serious long-term health problems is an accurate diagnosis and assessment of your injury with a recommended treatment plan. With this special internet offer, you receive a Complimentary Consult!
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*"I've been going to him periodically over the last 10 years and he is GREAT! He and his staff are friendly and knowledgeable and the wait is usually minimal. I would recommend him to anyone that needs results/relief."
*"Before regular chiropractic care under Ness Chiropractic, I experienced headaches of some degree every day. But I'm happy to report that Ness Chiropractic is unique treatment program really works! He doesn't just provide temporary relief, he actually locates the underlying cause of your problem, and corrects it, permanently! I no longer take pain medication and am totally headache free!"
*"I came to see Dr. Ness following an auto accident. I was suffering from terrible pain in my neck. I came in on Saturday in terrible pain, and I couldn’t even move my neck. By Tuesday I was feeling much better and by Friday I felt 100% back to normal. Thank you Dr. Ness."
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