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A Car Accident Victims Guidebook to Whiplash in Colorado Springs

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1. What is Whiplash

Whiplash is a non medical term for a severe distortion of the neck. The medical term for whiplash is cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD) - of course a term describing what happens during a car accident to the neck. 

Whiplash is caused by the over-stretching of ligaments in the neck and back and the damage to soft-tissue around the spine. However, whiplash can also be accompanied by fractures to the spine.  

Whiplash is common. In fact, whiplash accounts for 75% of the car accident claims in the United Kingdom (2007). If those statistics hold true for Colorado Springs, then that means that there are approximately 1687 whiplash cases in Colorado Springs and El Paso County per year. 

whiplash_Colorado_springs.jpg2. Signs and Symptoms of Whiplash

Whiplash often does not show up on X-rays, and that is why we commonly see patients who say, "I went to the emergency room and they gave me some pain killers and sent me on my way with a clean bill of health."

This is because, often, Colorado Springs emergency rooms are looking for fractures in the spine. Whiplash does not necessarily accompany a fracture, and vice versa.

Whiplash often does not set in instantly after a car accident. Instead, it often takes several days to shows signs and symptoms, so do not leave the scene of an accident without the proper paperwork and evidence (see our article on the Top 10 Mistakes Made by Car Accident Victims), assuming that you are physical unharmed.  

Whiplash symptoms can include:

  • Pain and aching to the neck and back
  • referred pain to the shoulders
  • sensory disturbance (such as pins and needles) to the arms & legs and headaches
  • Decreased range of motion 


What to Do if You Are Experiencing Symptoms of Whiplash in Colorado Springs

Whiplash is easiest to treat soon after the accident. The reason for this is that your body will begin to compensate for the injury, thereby causing greater soft tissue injury and damage to the neck, back and shoulders. 

So, call us today (719.475.8676). Don't wait. The longer you wait, the longer the recovery process will be.  

How Can I Pay For Treatment of My Whiplash in Colorado Springs

If you were in a car accident in Colorado Springs about 30 years ago, your auto-insurance coverage was nearly unlimited. 

Though today, that is not the case, Governor Ritter instituted Colorado MedPay, and you have it as a rider to your insurance, unless you have cancelled it, or you do not possess auto insurance. 

MedPay covers a minimum of $5,000 in medical bills after a car accident, no matter who is at fault, and it will cover a maximum of $50,000, if you have requested an increase to the standard care through your auto insurance provider.

Now, $5,000 at a Colorado Springs Chiropractor office can go a long ways toward whiplash rehabilitation, and for many, it will cover the entire expense.  But, $5,000 can be eaten up pretty quickly in the American Medical System - a short ambulance ride and ER visit can use it all, even if they clear you for a clean bill of health, and it turns out that you have whiplash.

Even if you have already used all of your MedPay benefits, there are ways to get the whiplash care you deserve and need, using your personal health insurance, CareCredit, liens, claims and Colorado Springs personal injury attorneys.

Give us a call today and let's get you a thorough whiplash examination and sit down and talk through your options.