Car Accident Treatment at Frederick Chiropractic Office

We don’t do a whole lot of advertising of the fact that we routinely treat victims of car accidents or other types of motor vehicle injuries. Unfortunately, though, for someone who has been in a car accident…the pain can be nagging, debilitating, and can last for weeks or months. If untreated, the problem can become chronic and end up bothering you for a lifetime.

The human spine is an amazing thing, made up of DOZENS of joints, DOZENS of muscles, DOZENS of ligaments, and therefore there is a lot that can go wrong.

Looking at a car accident like a physics problem can be informative:
If you are in a car accident and one of the cars weighed 2 tons (a reasonable gueess) and was traveling at 20pmh upon impact, then the vehicles have a lot of “kinetic energy” that has to be dispersed. When a 4,000lb object collides with another large object, speed and weight combine to create a lot of energy. If you are in a vehicle then your body is our going to be exposed to some of that energy. When two cars collide then it is a second (or a FRACTION of a second) in which that energy is passed through the vehicle. As an occupant, some of that will be hitting you. No matter how much you see it coming and brace for impact, your body can absorb only so much energy before something fails. Maybe a seat belt will bruise your chest or break a rib? Maybe your neck will snap back and forth quickly, causing “whiplash”? Maybe your knee will slam into the dashboard? Maybe you will have micro tears in the muscles and ligaments of the head and neck? Many painful things can happen. In the physics equation where a huge heavy machine strikes another huge heavy machine, the occupant is the weakest link. If you were injured, that’s why.

So, long story short: if you were hurt in an accident (even if you feel like you are barely hurt), then it’s a good idea to get checked out at our office. We may order x-rays or MRI’s, but we will be able to tell if you need to be treated or not. The sooner you deal with whiplash or another type of collision injury, the better.

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Looking for a Chiropractic Groupon Coupon?

frederick groupon chiropractorYou won’t find one here, sorry! This is why:

This chiropractic office won’t be participating with Groupon and running any crazy discounts. We have nothing against Groupon as a business, but Park Bench Chiropractic has no use for that type of sale. We get enough new clients by simply treating the existing clients well.

Here’s what happens with Groupon or other huge discounts:

If you go to a chiropractor and you pay something like $20, that means the chiropractor has an 80%+ discount to the first visit cost which is usually at least $100. And of the $20 collected half of it has to go to Groupon for supplying the business. The chiropractor is in all likelihood not making enough to break even. In other words, the chiropractor is losing money in this situation and the only real value is acquiring a new prospective client and recouping the cost down the line.

At this point the problem is that in order to make money the chiropractor needs to see the patient for a certain number of full-price visits after this heavily-discounted initial visit. This puts the squeeze on the doctor, and that type of pressure invariably will lead straight to too many office visits (possibly in the form of a care plan agreement).

At our office we don’t want to deal with that type of pressure on us or on our clients so we don’t do discounts like that.

Chiropractors who do offer these discounts may very well be excellent doctors and impeccable business-people who will treat you perfectly and whom operate their practices with integrity, but personally we do not offer these discounts because we already offer very competitive rates. We also do not feel that pricing ourselves so low does much other than devalue what we offer and confuse clients.

Ask us about our cash payment discounts, or our discounted -or free- care for Iraq & Afghanistan veterans or other military. Since we opened our doors in 2010 we have provided many thousands of dollars of complimentary chiropractic care to dozens of Iraq & Afghanistan veterans.

Frederick Pain Management or a Chiropractor

If you’re thinking of going to a pain management clinic, then think about this:

First Visit

You will probably get a painkiller. Probably as in 90% positive.

You will probably get a muscle relaxer. Probably as in like 75%.

You will then feel better, but not actually be any better.

Following Visits

You will probably get epidural injections.

You will probably get your prescriptions for painkillers and muscle relaxers managed.

You may get referred to physical therapy.

Yo probably won’t get referred to a chiropractor, because the chiropractor would get the patient better and then the pain management clinic would lose business.

That being said, all pain management clinics aren’t the same. Some are great and aren’t just drug dispensaries. If you aren’t going to try chiropractic, then go to a physical therapist. And then if that doesn’t work try pain management.

So, you’ve never been to a chiropractor before?

This simple, short article will describe what a typical chiropractic visit is likely to be like. It will also describe the various possibilities of your chiropractic office visit, and there are many. (If you want to hear about your visit at our office, browse the rest of this site)

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You will probably get adjusted, probably by hand as opposed to with a hand-held device.

Some chiropractors use hand-held instruments, small clicking ones such as the Activator, and more powerful, perhaps pronged devices are also available. Still other chiropractors use large mechanical, computer-assisted machines to deliver extremely precise force to nowhere but your C1 transverse process. Others adjust every person the same.

Most chiropractors adjust the spine, from the top of the neck to the tailbone and hips. There are chiropractors that will only adjust the top two bones in the neck. Many chiropractors adjust your spine as well as your arm and leg joints. Still others do manual therapy on organs, or focus on the function of your brain.

Many chiropractors sell nutritional supplements and whatnot, others promote diet plans and products. Some will scan your feet to provide you custom foot orthotics.

Many chiropractors use other therapies, also called modalities, including heat, TENS (transcutaneous nerve stimulation/stim), massage or trigger point therapy, stretching and exercise, and some other things. Still, some chiropractors only adjust, and use no other therapies or modalities. And some of them only adjust the spine, not the arms or legs.

Most chiropractors will adjust your mid back with your lying face down, and your hips and low back with you lying on your side with one knee bent, and most chiropractors will adjust your neck with you laying face up. Still, other chiropractors adjust using special tables that go up and down, open and close, pop and click, angle, and tilt. Some chiropractors tables strap your ankles in. Some are electric, many are not.

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All over the place, right? Well, that’s for a reason. There are MANY different types of chiropractors out there. Really, the variation among chiropractors is huge while the variation among primary care MD’s is practically non-existent. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. At all. So, do some homework, maybe ask some friends and family, and get a chiropractor that seems like someone you would like to see somewhat regularly for a little while.