Our Apex Integrated Medical Team believes in and enjoys a strong working relationship with a wide variety of other allied healthcare professionals including general practice and internal medicine doctors, pain management specialists, chiropractors, massage and physical therapists. This team approach ensures that you, the patient, receives comprehensive diagnostics and any additional treatment options to speed up recovery and optimal healing. With this unity, Apex Integrated Medical has emerged as a leader in physical medicine not only for Marietta but the surrounding communities of Atlanta, GA.
One specialty in our practice is the treatment of injuries sustained in car accidents.
Car accidents are renowned for causing whiplash injuries, and these should always be taken seriously no matter how innocuous they may at first appear, because of the areas which are affected. It should also be remembered that the effects of whiplash may take weeks or months to fully manifest, thus it cannot be assumed no problems exist just because none is felt immediately following the accident.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash refers to a group of injuries that occur as a result of the sudden, violent whipping motion of the head in an accident. The whip can happen in any direction – back-forward, forward-back, side-side, or anything in between. Various injuries can result, including damage to the supporting muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck and upper back. A host of related symptoms can then kick off from these, many of which can appear completely unconnected to the original trauma.
The amount of damage to the vehicles in an auto accident does not depict the amount of injury sustained by the victim. Studies indicate that injuries can occur at impact speeds of 5 mph where there is little or even no damage to the car. Today’s cars absorb much of the impact in the bumper but transmit this energy from an impact to the person’s head and neck in much the same fashion as when one pool ball hits another.
The most common symptoms of a whiplash injury are pain or stiffness in the neck and shoulder, recurring headaches, numbness in the arms and fingers, irritability, back pain, and dizziness. Few people realize that an untreated neck or back injury from a car accident is likely to develop into the degeneration of the joints in later years.
If you are not very careful, a whiplash injury may end up causing permanent damage when it is not noticed or its effect is underestimated. Around 50% of whiplash victims who have settled insurance claims are still suffering the effects of their whiplash years later. If you even suspect that you have suffered such an injury, a visit to our office is strongly advised so an assessment can be made and appropriate treatment and advice offered.