Portland, OR, June 17, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- The doctors at Growing Care Chiropractic are firm believers that every passenger in a motor vehicle accident should be considered for a musculoskeletal evaluation. If any adult involved in the accident is feeling shaken or sore, there is no reason to believe that the younger passengers aren’t equally affected.
Children should always have a checkup if they were involved in an accident, even if it was at low speed. Some crashes result in little to no damage to the vehicles involved, but the force must be absorbed somewhere, and in most cases that is though the bodies of the passengers. Car seats with a five-point harness are great for completely restraining the child’s torso, which leaves one very vulnerable little neck, as the only place left to take the impact.
Children may not tell you that their neck or back hurts, or that they have a headache. Their symptoms can be vague and nonspecific such as changes in mood, sleep, behavior, appetite, bowels, immune function or general demeanor.
Dr. Shannon Eder, DC assures that “even if the child did not cry or even slept through the accident, they are still just as prone to having injuries.” Children’s ligaments and muscles are weaker and less developed than those of their adult counterparts. An injury could lead to damage that may not even be realized for years to come. Due to children’s rapid growth rate, their cells turn over quickly, which usually equates to a quicker recovery time, so less care tends to be needed overall.
Dr. Jess Desbrow, DC has made some special appeals on her young patient’s behalf to the insurance companies who are less familiar with this understanding. “All it takes it one letter simply explaining some anatomy in relation to the accident physics and the point tends to be quickly taken. It is our responsibility as adults to make sure that today’s children are not going to grow up with compensations from an injury that was overlooked when they were two.”