Category: Auto Injury

The Dark Side of Soft Tissue Injuries and Chronic Pain: Pt 2

Sensorimotor control issues As we mentioned in The Dark Side of Soft Tissue Injuries and Chronic Pain: Pt 1, many who experience a soft tissue injury to the neck do not fully recover. Various research indicates anywhere from 40%(1) – 89%(2) experience chronic pain. While the process of developing chronic pain after a soft tissue… Read more »

Whiplash: One home treatment you should never do!

You have been involved in an auto accident and suffered a whiplash injury to your neck. The pain is excruciating: your neck hurts, your head is pounding and it’s hard to turn your neck! All you can think of is relief, so you reach for the bottle of ibuprofen – STOP! This is one home… Read more »

Errors Affecting The Settlement #4 ~ Hazelwood & North County chiropractor, Dr. Martin Schmaltz is a Certified Chiropractic Insurance Consultant and practicing chiropractic physician. In this video and others, he share some of the common mistakes found in medical records that could potentially lower the settlement from accident. In this video he discusses the amount of treatment and how… Read more »

5 Must Have Details of PI Medical Records

As a certified chiropractic insurance consultant, I have performed numerous utilization reviews for med-pay claims. The most common reason an adjuster requests a review is due to the poor quality of the medical records. In most cases, the denial of services is due to the lack of proper documentation: in short, the docs fail to… Read more »

New Study Finds 5 Year Prognosis of Whiplash is Poor.

A new study published in June 16, 2022 in the Journal of back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation looked at the long term prognosis of whiplash victims, at least 5 years after the injury they found: * 89.5% of patients still experienced whiplash injury-related neck pain. * 68.4% of patients had pain scores greater than 3 on… Read more »

Can Children Suffer Whiplash?

There is a common belief among many, especially insurance adjusters, that children cannot suffer a whiplash injury. Unfortunately, this is far from the case. One study of 3 English urban emergency departments over an 8-month period identified 105 children between the ages of 4-16 were involved in car crashes. Forty-nine or 47% experienced symptoms of… Read more »

Auto Injury More Than Just Neck Pain!

Auto accidents cause more than just neck pain! Having been in practice since 1984, I have seen my share of auto accident-related injuries. While the most common complaint was neck pain, most of my patients had more than just neck pain! However, what is sad, most research regarding auto injuries focus mostly on the neck!… Read more »

Auto Injury: How to make pain management work

After an auto collision many will seek the care of a pain management specialist. These doctors typically use oral medication or injections to help provide some relief. The goal of pain management is reducing inflammation or providing a numbing effect. However, this does not address the actual cause of the inflammation or the dysfunction of… Read more »

Neck Injury With Arm Pain, Negative MRI! What’s Up?

It is not uncommon to find a person suffering from whiplash injury who complains of some type of symptoms radiating from the shoulder, down to the arm and hand. The obvious first assumption is that there is a radiculopathy being caused by a “pinched” nerve in the neck. However, it is also not uncommon to… Read more »

Short Drivers and Airbags – What To Know

The number one safety tip for short drivers and airbags is: keep a safe distance from the steering wheel airbag. The NHTSA recommends the safe distance of 10 inches between the air bag cover on the steering wheel and the chest. Why Is There A Concern For Short Drivers And Airbags? The concern here is… Read more »