by Dr. Greg Eckel
Nature Cures Clinic physician
Did you know you could see a naturopathic physician as your doctor after an accident? The personal injury protection (PIP) that we all must carry by law for our auto insurance in Oregon covers this service. This portion of your insurance covers your care no matter who was at fault. It is there to get you better. Insurance companies would rather you not.
All too often I see patients who have never been the same after an accident. Unfortunately, I see them years after their accident. I’ll hear “yeah, my back/neck has been hurting me for X amount of years.” You insert the time frame, 5, 10, 15 years.
The typical ER department is not set up to handle the intricacies of a motor vehicle accident. Perhaps muscle relaxants and or pain medications are prescribed. These do stop the signal to the brain, but do nothing to repair the inflammation or tissue damage the body has endured.
When you are in an accident adrenaline surges. This hormone is released when the body is stressed. This hormone keeps you alive. Cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline), and nor-epipinephrine (nor-adrenaline) are the three hormones released in the fight or flight response. I often counsel patients to give themselves a week or two to settle down post accident to really see what happened to their body after an accident because of this response.
Even low-impact collisions (less than 6 mph) can have lasting negative consequences. If there was no vehicle body damage, the force of the collision traveled through your body. Newton’s third law in motion physics states, that for every action in the universe there is an equal and opposite reaction. The force of impact does travel through your body. Many studies show the impact of 6 M.P.H. cause tissue damage.
I recently wrote an article about treating patients in chronic pain. We at Nature Cures Clinic are one of a limited number of centers around the country that have been trained in a new neurological relief technique that is helping many people finally get relief from their pain. Whether you have recently been in an accident or have been suffering from chronic pain, (or know someone that has been) please give us a call to schedule a complimentary consult.
I encourage you if you or someone you know has been in an accident to get checked out thoroughly by a physician at Nature Cures so we can best assess you and the status of your body. You don’t want to be the patient years later telling us I’ve never been better since that accident.
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