Icy Roads and Fender Benders

Icy roads pose a danger to drivers and passengers regardless of the vehicle you are in. Minor fender benders may cause bodily harm that you can’t immediately see or feel so it is important to be seen by a chiropractor right away to get your spine checked.

Icy roads pose a huge risk during the winter months. Even if we don’t feel lasting pain, what kind of damage can be done to our back, hips or neck if we’ve slipped and fallen on the ice?

Dr. Gary Weinstein: Well, we see this a lot in the wintertime and people slip and fall. It is the quick motion, the quick fall that tends to subluxate us, which is putting the vertebrae out of place, causing an interference to the nervous system.

Now, the spinal subluxation is also known as the invisible killer, because many times the effects of the spinal subluxation are not felt. If we interfere with the nerves going to our gall bladder, our gall bladder can’t function properly. Well, it is a long time before we form sludge or gall stones but that is the oftentimes the end result.

So, we could do damage that is known. We could do a whiplash-type damage. We could do a compression-force type damage if we hit just straight down on our rear ends, that’s a compression force that’s in there. We could get a whiplash-type damage; I’ve seen people fall and split the back of their head open if they’ve got that and type of concussions.

These falls all need to be checked out. Get to your chiropractor, you tell them what happened and make sure that things are correct so that they don’t go and manifest themselves later on as bigger issues which are much harder to correct.

If our car slides on the ice and crashes into another car, even if it’s just a minor collision with no real damage, should we always exchange car insurance information with the other driver and report the collision?

Dr. Gary Weinstein: Yes. You should report the collision because, anytime that you have a 4,000 pound vehicle hitting another 4,000 pound vehicle, or an inanimate object, like a guard rail, there is a tremendous amount of energy that is transferred. Well, who absorbs most of that energy, and that’s the people, the passengers in that vehicle.

Oftentimes, they will be stiff and sore for a couple of days and not really pay attention to it, then six to nine months down the road, they start having headache problems. They start having neck pain, numbness. All of a sudden, their back locked up on them. All could be related back to the accident, but the problem is, once you’ve gone that time period between the accident and the symptoms, most of the time, your insurance doesn’t want to cover it. They want to know, “Okay, what did you do in between?”

It is always very important, if you’re involved in any type of accident, to report it and to get yourself checked.

That leads to the next question. Should we be examined by a chiropractor even if we don’t feel any pain or discomfort?

Dr. Gary Weinstein: Absolutely. You get that spine checked so that the chiropractor can determine if you did injure it, if you did subluxate it. Get it corrected. If gotten right away? Much easier to take care of than once things have started to spasm and splint and go from there. Very important to get that spine checked.

Again, tremendous amount of energy dispersed. If you are hit from behind, an impact from behind is about 30 times worse than a front end or side impact, so very important to get the spine checked and we don’t have the time to go into the full mechanics of what happens in that type of injury, but believe me, it is something that is very serious. Oftentimes, not manifesting itself as symptoms ’til on down the road, then it is all out of your own pocket at that point.

Does all auto insurance pay for chiropractic treatments after auto accidents or do you have to make sure you have the proper coverage?

Dr. Gary Weinstein: In the state of Pennsylvania, chiropractic is a covered entirely, so yes, you do have coverage, but each policy has a different limitation and it is a no-fault state, meaning that it goes through your insurance, even if the other person is at fault, up to the limits of your policy, which minimum in Pennsylvania is $5,000. Can go upwards from there, but you have to carry at least $5,000. So yes, the insurance does cover it.

In other states that are not no-fault, there may be different ways to work. And I can’t really comment on those. But I do know, in Pennsylvania, you do have coverage, so you should use it. Get checked. Make sure you’re okay. And if you come through it fine, fantastic? But wouldn’t you want to know that, rather than waiting to see what happens on down the road?

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