Auto Injury

Kotila Chiropractic

Gary Kotila, BA, DC

Chiropractor located in Brandon, FL

Auto accident injuries are a leading cause of chronic pain and disabilities in the United States. To get relief from the pain and reduce your risk of developing chronic issues from an auto injury, see Gary Kotila BA, DC, at Kotila Chiropractic in Brandon, Texas. Dr. Kotila works with you to develop a personalized protocol to relieve your pain and heal the damage from your auto collision as quickly as possible. To schedule a visit, call or book a consultation online today.

Auto Injury Q & A

When should I seek treatment after an auto accident?

If you experience any type of auto collision or whiplash injury, it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kotila within 14 days. If you wait any longer, you won’t receive all of the benefits that chiropractic care has to offer.

What’s more, 45% of people who fail to address even small injuries within the first few weeks of an accident develop permanent scar tissue. This scar tissue can negatively affect your mobility and increase musculoskeletal pain.

What types of auto injuries require treatment?

Dr. Kotila provides care for all types of auto accident injuries, including:

  • Whiplash
  • Neck pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck stiffness
  • Numbness and tingling in the hands
  • Shoulder or arm pain
  • Knee pain
  • Bruising, cuts, and scrapes

Depending on the severity of your injuries and accident, Dr. Kotila determines the best course of treatment to help you recover and prevent chronic pain and disability.

How are auto injuries diagnosed?

To determine the extent of your injuries after a car accident, Dr. Kotila begins with a consultation about your accident, the angle of impact, and other details that can help him assess the severity of your injuries. Dr. Kotila then completes a thorough physical exam to assess any visible injuries — such as scrapes or bruises — and measures your range of motion, muscle strength and flexibility, and nerve function. He may also screen you for a concussion.

Additional orthopedic tests may be performed to assess the structures in your joints and their function, especially if you’ve experienced a whiplash injury that has damaged the ligaments in your spine. If necessary, Dr. Kotila may refer you for X-rays or an MRI to rule out more serious complications from your accident.

Based on those findings, Dr. Kotila thoroughly explains your diagnosis and outlines a personalized treatment protocol to help you recover.

How are auto injuries treated?

Dr. Kotila has extensive training and experience in the treatment of injuries caused by auto accidents. He uses a multi-step protocol to address your pain and any functional issues you may be experiencing with your joints, ligaments, or muscles.

Common forms of treatment include chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, rehab exercises, hot or cold therapy, electrical stimulation, and ergonomic and lifestyle changes. Depending on your condition, he may use some or all of these therapies to reduce your pain and get you back to normal.

Dr. Kotila provides a recovery timeline of what to expect throughout your care, and he checks in frequently to ensure you’re meeting the recovery goals outlined in your treatment plan.

To schedule an auto accident consultation, call or book online at Kotila Chiropractic.