Dr. Douglass Toth
1214 College Ave
Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 526 1390
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Auto Accidents

Trauma from a car accident can strain the soft tissues in your neck and back, cause headaches, nerve damage and have long lasting effects on your body.  Whiplash and other acute injuries lead to chronic issues that can impair your future quality of life and even your ability to work.  Structural damage to the natural curvature of the spine is a common part of being injured in a motor vehicle collision (usually in the form of loss of cervical lordosis).  Other times the muscles react so badly that they cramp and stiffen around the joints in the spine so that range of motion is restricted and the nerves get pinched.

Complications

Concussions can result after the head hits the back of the seat, the window or the steering wheel and can cause debilitating neurological effects for weeks or even months after the accident.  Dizziness, anxiety, brain fog, difficulty remembering things and difficulty concentrating can be part of the concussion recovery process. Occasionally the intervertebral disc can be damaged in a car accident.  Herniations, bulges, microtears and protrusions can cause problems for the nerves or spinal cord and take longer to heal than other structures of the spine.  Getting treatment for injuries related to an accident sooner rather than later is critical for the recovery process and prevents possible long term effects.

Initial Visit

Dr. Toth will perform a thorough orthopedic, neurological, postural and chiropractic evaluation of your spine and body to assess the injuries and develop a treatment plan. Diagnostic tests such as x-ray, MRI, nerve conduction velocity testing may be necessary for an accurate diagnosis.

Payment

If you have medical payments coverage on your car insurance or regular health insurance we can bill them directly for your treatment.  If you have retained an attorney or plan to retain an attorney you may discuss treatment in our office and take a lien so that you do not need to pay out of pocket.  You may also pay for your treatments yourself and negotiate reimbursement from the insurance company yourself.

Over many years we have had the privilege of helping many people navigate the complex process of recovery, call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Toth.