Some people try to be tough around friends and family after they have been injured in a car accident. They do not want to be thought of as a wimp. Sometimes injuries from car accident do not show outward cuts, bruises or broken bones, yet the injured person still feels tremendous pain nonetheless. Often car accident injuries cause muscle tearing, inflammation, ligament rips, tendon swelling and spinal disc damage that is not visible just by looking at the skin. Even x-rays do not show most soft tissue damage. An MRI scan can show some of these injuries, but the doctor's examination will reveal patient mobility restrictions, pain to pressure over the injured area and other signs that helps the doctor come to a diagnosis. Do not be "tough" in front of your doctor, tell him or her how much the pain really is. Also, do not exaggerate your pain. Tell the honest truth. The insurance company needs to know how this accident has affected you. The insurance company may try to minimize you injuries but do not fall for that trick. Keep a diary of how the injuries have affected you from day to day. This will help you remember far into the future when it comes time to settle your claim with the insurance company.
Dr. Wade Burbank, Chiropractor
6403 NE 117th Ave Ste 109
Vancouver WA 98662
*specialist in treating car accident injuries, work place injuries, and neck and back pain.
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