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What is whiplash? The term whiplash is used to describe a set of symptoms to the neck after a sudden acceleration-deceleration force. This most commonly occurs during car accidents. The term “whiplash injury” describes damage to both the bone and soft tissues surrounding the neck. The sudden blow can stretch or tear muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs and nerves causing mild to severe pain. Whiplash symptoms can appear up to 1-2 days after the accident and the stiffness and pain can progressively worsen.  In most cases chiropractic care and massage treatments at our Portland clinic can provide significant pain relief.

Who pays for the treatment? Typically, your auto insurance will pay for all of the treatments at our clinic. An important point to remember is that your auto insurance will pay for the treatments even if you were hit by another vehicle. Your insurance will be reimbursed by the other company if you were not at fault. This includes chiropractic care, massage, supplements, pillows, muscle stimulation and therapeutic exercise. We advise that you call your insurance company to report the accident and obtain a claim number for billing purposes. However, we can assist you with this and you can begin treatment before you have your claim number.

How often are the treatments and for how long? This all depends on the extent of your injuries and the doctor will advise you on the best treatment plan for you. There are some individuals that only required three to four treatments to reach a full recovery. However, it is not uncommon for injuries to require a year of treatment. The frequency can range from one treatment a month to three times a week.

Am I required to report the accident? If any of the following situations apply to you, you are required to report the accident to the Oregon DMV with in 72 hours of the accident using the following form: http://www.odot.state.or.us/forms/dmv/32.pdf *Damage to your vehicle is over $1500  * Injury (no matter how minor) *Death  * Damage to any one person’s property over $1500 * Any vehicle has damage over $1500 and any vehicle is towed from the scene as a result of damages.

There is minimal car damage, yet, I am hurt and in pain. Is this common? Unfortunately, this is a very common occurrence. Scientific articles have shown that significant injuries to the body can occur at speeds at low as 5-10mph. Furthermore, because of the structure of modern vehicles, more of the force of the impact sustained in a car accident is transferred directly to the occupants at lower speeds; because the vehicles don’t begin to absorb the force until they reach approximately 15mph