In the fall of 2004, I was the front seat passenger in a car that got hit from behind. We were at a stop light, when an elderly woman, who we later found out had dementia, hit us from behind going about 55 mph. Both cars were Mercedes, so each did not sustain too much physical damage but my body did. My friend said that she saw it coming from her mirror, so she was a little more prepared then me. After the woman hit us, my friend go out of her car and tried to talk to the woman but she ended up driving away. She was a hit and run so to speak. Fortunately, we go her plates and the police later tracked her down at a Wawa getting some coffee. She denied anything had happened but that was probably due to the dementia.
After the police officer showed up, he asked how we were feeling. At the time, both of our necks were sore but we both felt okay. After he left, we drove to the store we were headed too and as soon as I got out her car, my arm drooped and it felt very wrong. I didn’t want to cause a fuss so I told my friend that with an ice pack and ibuprofen, I’be good in no time. I was wrong. Less than two hours later, we were at the hospital getting x-rays and getting checked out.
From this accident, I ended up having a severely sprained arm, whiplash, two herniated discs and my shoulder had two torn rotator cuffs. The days to follow, I ended up in so much pain, that I went into a depression. My body and mind were traumatized.
Having worked at a pharmacy for a number of years, I had seen a number of people, who also had car accidents, get addicted to narcotics and prescriptions like Tylenol with Codeine. I also had a brother who died of complications from prescriptions, so my mind set was to go with alternatives, where I could. I also thought that with my nerve pain that I endured from the shoulder damage, I didn’t think anything would help it.
The day of the accident, the hospital told me to go to my primary doctor, which I did, but my gut instinct was to go to my Chiropractor. I knew that I would get relief from therapy there, plus they would help me get my body back on track as far as inflammation. I saw my Chiropractor every day for three months straight and it was my saving grace. I cried every day for the first month because I was in so much pain. For my shoulder, the first couple of visits, he directed me to go see an Orthopedic Surgeon and a year later, I had surgery to fix it.
This accident, that I initially thought didn’t cause much damage, caused a lot of damage. Thankfully, it was not worse. Where it happened, the state is a no fault state. At the time, I really did not understand what that meant but after researching, I felt it was in my best interest to get an attorney. At the hearing four years later, the lawyer for the insurance company haggled me about getting my care from my chiropractor and question me up and down as to why I didn’t seek out further conventional medical therapies. Thankfully, I was able to explain myself and it ended up in my favor. I was never in for it for monetary reasons but more so to protect myself. In the end, I still felt sad about the entire ordeal. I would never wish the ordeal on anyone. But I’m so glad that I made the right decision to see my Chiropractor. For me that was the right choice to help get my back and neck back on track. I think if I had not, I’d still have issues.