Dr. Wheeler offers a FREE CONSULTATION for auto accident cases. Call 850-889-4005 to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Wheeler.
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We want to assure you that if you or yours are involved in an auto accident that we can provide you with the care you will need to diagnose and treat your injuries. He will work with other medical providers to coordinate other treatments which may be necessary to help you in your recovery if needed.
Dr. Wheeler has advanced training in whiplash type of injuries through the Spine Research Institute of Sand Diego www.srisd.com and Dr. Nordhoff with Western States Chiropractic College, Care First Imaging and The Alaska Spine Institute. He completed an internship with Dr. Leon Chandler MD of Anchorage, AK where Dr. Wheeler observed pain management procedures such as nerve blocks, epidurals, facet injections and video fluoroscopy.
Dr. Wheeler brings over 27 years clinical experience and modern state of the art therapies such as the DOC spinal decompression system for bulged, herniated and degenerative discs, sciatica and radiculopathy. www.docdecompressiontable.com. Spinal decompression was originally invented by an orthopedic surgeon. It is sometimes considered the last option to avoid surgery. Success rates are very high WHEN the patient follows the recommended course of care. Research for over 50 years has shown that one disc injury or degenerative/bulged/herniated disc will require at least 20 sessions at 2-3 x a week. Success rates are around 75-85% with decompression alone or as high as 95% when combined with chiropractic and other therapies. Patients with multi level disc disease or injuries may need 30-36 sessions to achieve optimal, long term relief. Follow up studies at over 1 year post treatment have shown 9/10 patients who completed the full care plan of decompression still had pain relief. What you can expect: A private room for 20-25 minute sessions focusing on cervical or lumbar spine. Over the course of care the amount of pull is gradually increased at 1-2 pound increments typically to patient tolerance. Brief stretching and ice packs are applied to the affected area for approximately 10-12 minutes to reduce pain/swelling/soreness. Some patients will benefit from monthly maintenance care after the initial series is completed.
Class IV laser therapy www.SummusLaser.com and www.k-laserusa.com which speeds the healing process, reduces or prevents the buildup of scar tissue, reduces inflammation and aids in pain and spasm relief without side effects other than rare, temporary soreness or short term dizziness. There are no long term risks known with therapeutic laser therapy. Dr. Wheeler is the only chiropractic or medical clinic in Santa Rosa or Escambia Counties offering the new state-of-the-art Class IV K-Laser Cube 4. With up to 20 watts of power and 4 light wavelengths, the New K-Laser Cube 4 can speed healing for more conditions than ever before.
The symptoms of injury are not always immediate. Some symptoms may be delayed by days or even weeks or longer after a crash. Typically the sooner pain appear the more severe the injury. These unwanted changes could include aggravation of old injuries, headaches, neck, back or extremity pain, visual disturbances, sciatica, numbness, insomnia, memory loss, vertigo, tinnitus, carpal tunnel from gripping the steering column, bruising, bleeding, fracture, partial or complete tears in the muscles, tendons or ligaments, bulged or herniated discs and TMJ. Your posture could be adversely altered in an accident and yet you may have no immediate symptoms. It could be months or years down the road before the injuries to your spine become evident. Failing to get the proper care after an auto accident could result in accelerated degenerative changes leading to arthritis, pinched nerves and damaged discs. Dr. Wheeler is trained to take and analyze x-rays to ensure you did not receive fractures or dislocations in the accident but also to assess your posture, range of motion and many other potential injuries. Dr. Wheeler can also order MRI’s, CT’s, ultrasound, blood and urine tests as needed.
Risks factors that increase your chances of being injured include: Awareness of impending collision, a rear end collision, spinal degeneration or prior surgery, a seatbelt (due to the cross the shoulder type we wear vs a race car X type of seat restraint, improper seat or headrest positioning, middle age or above are more susceptible. Women are more likely to be injured due to smaller muscle mass than men. Speed is a very important consideration. Many studies show that it only takes speeds of 5 mph or greater to reach the threshold of injury. There may be little or no vehicle damages at speeds under 10 mph with proper bumper alignment, yet the force of impact is translated through your body, thus causing injury due to acceleration/deceleration and sheering forces to the spine and body.
Due to Dr. Wheeler’s experience, training and equipment, he is the right choice for you if you have been in an accident. Please call for a no charge consultation. We will bill your insurance and work with your attorney. Dr. Wheeler has treated thousands of patients during his career and is eager to meet and help you quickly recover from your injuries.
Please don’t wait to call. Delay in treatment may increase scar formation, and decrease your ability to fully recover leading to chronic pain, disability and lost quality of life. Dr. Wheeler will work with the hospitals and medical specialists to ensure you have a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Do not delay to seek care after an accident. New Florida law changes may prevent your insurance from covering your care if you do not seek medical care within 14 days. After 14 days you may still have coverage under uninsured motorist coverage, Medpay or through the at fault party’s Bodily Injury insurance. You may visit the Florida Chiropractic Association www.fca.org for current details. Most attorneys offer free consultations and if they take your case, they typically will do so on a contingency basis, which means you don’t pay if there is no financial recover. Not all patients choose to get legal counsel and we will work with you on a case-by-case basis. Since Florida is a NO FAULT state, it is normal to bill your insurance first, regardless of who was at fault as you normally will have up to $10,000 coverage under your PIP or Personal Injury Protection insurance which is for medical only. If this PIP is exhausted we will then work with your attorney to bill the At Fault Party BI or Bodily Injury coverage and or your Uninsured Motorist Coverage. Call us now. 850-889-4005.
*Results may vary person to person