Car Accident

Car Accident Specialist
Car accident injuries can be especially serious, and even a seemingly minor accident can have far-reaching consequences for health and wellness. Dr. Katie Bendis has extensive experience treating car accident injuries, including whiplash and other nerve and musculoskeletal problems. At her practice, Bloomingdale Chiropractor, in Bloomingdale, Illinois, Dr. Bendis relies on state-of-the-art evaluations to ensure each treatment plan is customized for optimal relief of painful symptoms and a speedy recovery.

Car Accident Q&A

by Katie Bendis, DC

What kinds of motor vehicle accident injuries does Dr. Bendis treat?

Dr. Bendis is skilled in treating all sorts of musculoskeletal injuries, including those associated with motor vehicle accidents. Even minor car accidents can result in extreme stress and strain on the spine and the muscles and tissues that support it. In turn, those injuries can cause reduced range of motion in the neck, back, and limbs, “shooting” nerve pains or dull aches, joint pain, and other chronic and ongoing symptoms. Chiropractic care uses special techniques to address problems with the musculoskeletal system, including spine-related nerve pain that often occurs following car accidents. In addition to in-office adjustments and other treatments, Dr. Bendis can prescribe therapeutic stretching and other exercises that can be performed at home to relieve ongoing symptoms and speed healing.

Chiropractic care uses special techniques to address problems with the musculoskeletal system, including spine-related nerve pain that often occurs following car accidents. In addition to in-office adjustments and other treatments, Dr. Bendis can prescribe therapeutic stretching and other exercises that can be performed at home to relieve ongoing symptoms and speed healing.Dr. Bendis has extensive experience helping accident victims recover following surgery to repair accident-related injuries, and she also works closely with insurance companies to provide accurate diagnoses and evaluations for required documentation.

Dr. Bendis has extensive experience helping accident victims recover following surgery to repair accident-related injuries, and she also works closely with insurance companies to provide accurate diagnoses and evaluations for required documentation.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a common accident-related injury that can occur after even minor car accidents, as well as slip-and-fall accidents. In whiplash, the head is snapped back and forth quickly, similar to the crack of a whip. The resulting force can tear nerves and other tissues or cause chronic nerve impingement and irritation, especially in the neck and upper back. Many patients with whiplash may experience stiffness and reduced range of motion in the neck, sharp electricity-like pains radiating into the neck, back, and shoulders, or chronic headaches.

Dr. Bendis uses spinal adjustments and other manual techniques to help relieve nerve impingement while also promoting circulation to reduce inflammation while promoting natural healing responses for long-term relief of whiplash symptoms.

What if I feel fine after an accident? Should I still visit the chiropractor?

Absolutely. Even the most minor fender-bender can cause jolts and strains on the delicate vertebrae, especially in the neck and upper back. Some symptoms of car accidents show up right away, but very often, symptoms are delayed, showing up days or even weeks afterward in the form of shooting nerve pain or headaches.

Having an evaluation right after any car accident is essential for ensuring that timely care is provided to prevent minor issues from becoming worse. Plus, having an assessment after an accident provides a record for insurance purposes in the event a claim is filed.

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