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What You Should Know If You Or Someone You Know Have Been Involved In An Auto Accident

Did you know that one of the most stressful aspects of living in modern life is dealing with the problems that arise after an auto accident? Were you also aware that some auto accident injuries are hidden & are seldom detected for months or even years? As a result, severe issues can occur when an injury is not taken care of properly, or the accident victims settle their case with the insurance companies before getting evaluated from a Doctor trained in soft tissue injuries, as the DoctorsPhysiciansChiropractors & Physical Therapists are at Rego Park Healthcare Alliance (RPHCA).

... This Could Be A Big Mistake.

Why? Because once you settle your case, you lose the right to have your insurance company pay for treatment if you need it. A good rule of thumb is to be informed of your rights & then make a decision. It is our position at RPHCA that if you were indeed injured, you should get the care you need to get you back to the way you felt & functioned just before the accident.

It is not the responsibility of the insurance company to pay for anything more than that. They are not responsible for pre-existing injuries; only the injuries sustained from the accident. Even if you are just sore, you should get checked out immediately because you may experience pain, numbness, headaches, muscle stiffness, fatigue & other problems including arthritis many months down the road. Remember, nothing is more important than your health, especially when you start to lose it.

Here's where the problem begins... Most people who suffer from an auto accident have one thing on their mind: their automobile!

Common questions include:

  "Who is going to fix my car?"
  "What will I drive in the mean time?"
  "Will my insurance rates go up?"
  "Who is going to pay for it?"
  And the last thing on their mind is: "Am I Really O.K.?"


Not only are auto accidents an inconvenience & a hassle, a common redundant complaint of auto accident victims is that they don't feel like their normal selves. You may also be experiencing obvious pains & symptoms like muscle stiffness or spasm, neck pain, headaches, numbness & tingling, back pain, difficulty sleeping, irritability, memory loss, fatigue, difficulty concentrating & many other difficulties. Or worse than that, you may be injured & feel nothing at all, yet.

Either way, did you know that auto accidents can cause post-traumatic osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis can ruin your posture (giving you a slumped or hump back appearance). Osteoarthritis can cause the discs in your spine to degenerate & create scar tissue formation leading to chronic stiffness & the inability to move properly.

As a matter of fact... 

  Most Doctors Are Not Trained In The Detection Of These Hidden Injuries...

  If you have been in an auto accident, you need a doctor, like Dr. Jeffrey Rauch of RPHCA, who is trained in the biomechanics of the human body; someone who treats these injuries every day. In addition, x-rays, MRI's, CT Scans or other diagnostic modalities can be taken to find out if there has been any structural damage. In our office, we evaluate auto accident victims & make any appropriate referrals to other health care providers if needed.

 RPHCA's primary responsibility is giving you the care if you need it & submitting the required medical reports to the insurance company so your rights are protected.

  If we can't help you, we will refer you to a doctor or facility that can.

If you have been in an auto accident recently, there are some important decisions you have to make & if I were you, I'd make these decisions very carefully.

  Q: Should I See An Attorney Before I See My Doctor & Chiropractor?
  A: It is important to get checked out by the doctor first. The doctor MUST be specially trained & knowledgeable with the intricate injuries that often result from a motor vehicle accident.  That way the findings from your exam will allow you the information you need in order to decide if an attorney is necessary. The RPHCA Team of Healthcare Professionals are considered experts in this field & its why RPHCA was formed.  If necessary, we can refer you a list of reputable & qualified attorneys that you can speak with and discuss your situation. 

  Q: What If My Car Sustained Only Minor Damage?
  A: Documented studies done by Charles Carroll, M.D., Paul McAtee, M.D. & Lee Riley, M.D. revealed that: "The amount of damage to the automobile bears little relation to the force applied to the cervical spine (neck) of the occupants."

  In other words, the damage to the passengers is not necessarily directly related to the damage to the vehicle.

  Q: If I Need Treatment For This Injury, Do I Have To Pay For It Myself?
  A: No, only in very rare circumstances does the patient pay for his care as he goes. Our RPHCA office provides care "on credit" when patients are represented by an attorney. Some car insurance policies have what is called "Med Pay." This means that medical bills will be paid at 100% up to a certain limit. Our knowledgeable & friendly insurance experts can assist you in obtaining this information.

  Using your medical coverage should not raise your premiums.

  Q: The Insurance Company Has Been Calling Me & Wants To Settle,What Should I Do?
  A: Do not sign or settle until you have had us evaluate your injury for you. If you settle before your injury is fully resolved, you will be completely on your own & will have to pay out of pocket for your care. Insurance companies know this & now so do you! 

  Q: I've Been To The Hospital And My Medical Doctor, Do I Really Need to See a Chiropractor?
  A: You need a doctor who focuses in the treatment & diagnosis of auto accident injuries, as the physicianschiropractorsacupuncturists & physical therapists at RPHCA. Usually hospitals will check vital signs, make sure there are no life-threatening conditions & release the patient with pain relief medication. They normally do not treat the underlying improper musculoskeletal biomechanics that can & often do lead to future pain. If you are still having problems, you should get a second opinion BEFORE it gets worse.

  If your M.D. has given you pills, you must understand that pills do not correct structural or soft tissue damage. There are special therapies designed for that & we offer these modalities at our office right here in Rego Park, Queens.

  Q: Does Your Care Hurt?
  A: In most cases, Absolutely Not. The care is very gentle & quite soothing. Most patients can hardly wait to get their care.

  Q: Is The Care Safe?
  A: Yes, extremely. Particularly when compared to the side effects from medication.
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Q: How long does it take to recover from my injuries that I sustained in my motor vehicle accident?
A: It can take just a few treatments or as long as 12 months for the healing process of injured soft tissues to become complete. It truly depends on the severity & type of injury you sustained.
(Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 1986)

  ***The average time for an appropriately treated whiplash-injured patient to achieve maximum improvement is 7 months 1 week. (Spine, 1994)
  Some whiplash-injured patients take 2 years to stabilize & to reach their maximum improvement.

(Canadian Family Physician, 1986)
(Pain, 1994)
(Spine, 1994)
(Injury, 2005)

Q: What is WHIPLASH & why does it take so long for whiplash & whiplash type injuries to heal? 
A: To fully understand the effects of this type of injury, its important to understand the law of inertia & motion. In world history, many consider the smartest person to ever have lived to be Sir Isaac Newton. Newton was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher & theologian. Newton spent his career at the University of Cambridge. In 1687, at the age of 43, Newton published the book Principia Mathematic, which is among the most influential books in the history of science. In Principia Mathematic, Newton describes the Three Laws of Motion. It is Newton's Laws of Motion that explain contemporary whiplash trauma & subsequent injury. The most important Law is his first, often referred to as the Law of Inertia. Simply stated in the context of whiplash trauma, things at rest tend to remain at rest & different parts of the same object can have different inertias. The larger the part & the more it weighs, the larger the inertia, or the greater its tendency to not want to move. The object in question in a whiplash trauma is a human body. The human body has two large parts that have their own separate inertia, the trunk & the head. These two large pieces of inertial mass (the head & the trunk) are connected by a thin pole, the neck.

During a motor vehicle collision, a vehicle that is struck from behind will quickly move forward. As the vehicle moves forward, so do the passenger seats in the vehicle. As the passenger seat moves forward, so does the trunk of the passenger sitting in the seat. However, the head of the passenger in the seat does not move forward because the head has a separate inertia from the trunk. As the vehicle, the seat & the trunk move forward from the collision, the head remains at rest, forcing the neck backwards.

The result is an inertial injury to the soft tissues of the vertebrae joints of the neck. Importantly, the neck does not hit anything; it sustains an inertial injury, similar to that seen in shaken baby syndrome.

So before you make a decision that could potentially affect the rest of your life, seek advice from experts who have decades of experience in dealing with exactly what your going through. Call RPHCA today & speak to one of our friendly insurance experts or set up an appointment to sit down & talk with one of our doctors & get the advice you need before its too late. 


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Rego Park Healthcare Alliance (RPHCA) also provides quality & comprehensive healthcare treatment including Physical TherapyChiropractic CareAcupunctureOrthopedic & Pain Management for those patients who were injured at work. If you’re looking for a Healthcare facility who specializes in treating work injuries, then it’s time to make an appointment with the premier healthcare  services at RPHCA.

The RPHCA Physical Therapists & Chiropractors have worked with Workers' Compensation claims & cases for decades & are experts in returning injured workers back to work safely. They are all experienced in treating, including prevention, all types of conditions, including back & neck conditions, which is perfect for workers who spend an extensive amount of time in uncomfortable office chairs or repetitively lifting.

RPHCA will develop an individual tailor made comprehensive work injury management program specific to each individual . We will be able to help you manage your work injury & the complexity of the return to work process, including working with your attorneys closely to ensure full coverage & benefits, if any are due to you, as well as provide all the intricate documentation that is necessary to keep all claims in good standing, when necessary. We will also work with & provide documentation to employers as needed. Our comprehensive focus on health in the workplace sets us apart from our competition.

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​Our treatment programs also place special emphasis on the prevention of injury as well as the rehabilitation of an injury once they occur. We understand the importance of training & conditioning to prevent further injury. Thus, patient education is a large part of treatment & helps to guarantee results.
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