Car accidents occur in the United States with alarming regularity. Many of these accidents result in permanent injuries that can leave people suffering from chronic pain issues that cannot be addressed by traditional medical techniques.
Injuries can leave people out of work for long periods of time; creating financial struggles in addition to injury pain and discomfort. Fortunately, chiropractic care is renowned as an excellent treatment technique for many of the injuries commonly experienced following an automobile accident.
On average, there are approximately 6 million car accidents each year in the United States. This figure goes up every year in spite of new safety features being introduced into vehicles. This is largely attributed to an increased number of people entering the workforce and commuting on major roadways.
Three million people are injured in car accidents each year. Keep in mind that these are reported injuries. Many people suffer from the symptoms of whiplash and other neck/back injuries without seeking appropriate treatment.
Out of these injured people, over 2 million are reported to have experienced permanent injuries as a direct result of car accidents. These injuries can result in chronic pain issues that are often addressed unsuccessfully by medication regimens.
One of the newest trends related to automobile accidents is accidents caused by distracted driving. Distracted driving refers to texting or talking on a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. Surveys done by the Census Bureau report that as many as 69% of people who participated in the survey admitted to using the phone while driving.
Almost 33% of people surveyed also admitted to either sending or receiving text messages while driving. Many states have implemented (or are in the process of implementing) laws that prohibit the use of cell phones while driving in an attempt to reduce accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
In addition to the pain and suffering often caused following a car accident, the costs of treatment and vehicle repairs are astronomical. Vehicle crashes in the United States cost approximately $230 billion each year. That is almost $820 per person!
Although insurance (medical or automotive) often covers medical expenses for victims involved in the accident, these insurance policies often have limits that are quickly exceeded.
Chiropractic care offers a safe alternative to traditional medicine. Often, these services are covered by insurance companies and they tend to be much less expensive for patients who may not have any insurance coverage at all.
Even more important than the costs associated with treatment is the improved health that can be achieved with regular chiropractic visits. While pain medications are designed to mask the symptoms of many car accident related injuries, chiropractic care goes right to the source and has been proven as an effective way of eliminating many chronic pain symptoms.