If a new or current patient has been in an auto accident the first thing we do is examine the patient.
Examination: The examination consists of neurological tests, muscle testing, orthopedic testing, and Range of Motion Testing.
Xrays if indicated: In a collision your body is whipped around like a rag doll, so in many instances we will send you out to xray the symptomatic regions of the body.
Range of Motion Restrictions: In many cases we will perform range of motion testing by an electronic inclinometer. By doing this we will know if your range of motion is within normal limits, or if the impact altered your range of motion.
Dynamic sEMG: In most cases soft tissue is affected if you are in an auto accident. Right now the only way to see soft tissue damage is to have an MRI. In many cases an MRI isn’t justifiable. What we do if MRI in not appropriate is called Dynamic sEMG. In most cases if there is damage to the soft tissue the nerves will fire erratically. The Dynamic Surface Electromyelogram tests the activity of the superficial nerves as you go through a series of motions. The computer graphs the activity of the nerves and you can see the affects the collision had to nerves of the area affected.
Our main concern is your health, and we want to make sure if you have been through a traumatic incident you will be taken care of and be given the best course of care whether that be in our office or somewhere else.