Auto Injuries Specialist

Jason Ablett, DC -  - Chiropractor

Pinnacle Health Chiropractic

Jason Ablett, DC

Chiropractor & Massage Therapist located in Kirkland, WA

Each year, more than 2.3 million Americans are hurt or disabled after experiencing a car accident. Because an injury is not always apparent right away, you need to see an expert doctor immediately following your accident. Washington’s leading chiropractor, Jason Ablett, DC of Pinnacle Health Chiropractic, has extensive experience with diagnosing and treating auto injuries. His state-of-the-art Kirkland, Washington practice welcomes new patients who are suffering from pain after an automobile accident. You can book an appointment online, or call the office to schedule.

Auto Injuries Q & A

by Jason Ablett, DC

How does a chiropractor diagnose automobile injuries?

When you come in for your head-to-toe evaluation, Dr. Ablett often orders X-rays — done right in the office. He also spends time:

  • Looking over any previous imaging
  • Evaluating medical reports from other doctors
  • Reviewing your medical history
  • Gathering details about your accident
  • Evaluating your entire body

Once Dr. Ablett understands the trauma you sustained during your car accident and reviews your X-rays, he generally makes a diagnosis on the spot. In some cases, soft tissue injuries do not show up clearly in X-rays. If this happens, you may need a follow-up MRI or CT scan ordered before getting a complete diagnosis and treatment plan.

What is a whiplash injury?

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries after an automobile accident. It occurs when you experience blunt force trauma and whip your head back and forth, or side to side. Whiplash often includes:

  • Vertebrae alignment problems
  • Muscle tears or strains
  • Ligament or tendon tears

It can be common for whiplash injuries to cause pain or discomfort for months or years if you do not get proper treatment. Dr. Ablett ensures that you get the treatment you need to fully recover from a whiplash injury after a car accident.

Do I need to see a doctor if I am released from the emergency room after a car accident?

Yes. For every person in the United States who is killed during a car accident, eight people are hospitalized, and 100 are treated and released from the emergency room (ER). Though your injuries might not be severe enough to require hospitalization, you still need follow-up care after going to the emergency room.

Getting a thorough evaluation from a leading chiropractor such as Dr. Ablett helps you determine if you have alignment problems or soft tissue damage. These types of injuries are not always obvious right after an accident, meaning you may not be in severe pain until two or three days afterward.

Finding the source of your pain right away allows Dr. Ablett to get you started on a treatment immediately. Also by coming in for an evaluation, Dr. Ablett can help you with any essential insurance paperwork or legal documents required after a car accident.