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In an Auto Accident…Now What?

doc explainingThis past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a continuing education seminar on the topic of personal injury/motor vehicle accident cases.  When someone is involved in a auto accident the likelihood of sustaining a soft tissue injury is very high.  Soft tissue injuries can include muscle damage and joint damage.  We are frequently blessed with the opportunity to help people get out of pain after sustaining injuries due to a motor vehicle accident.

Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents occur every day, and as such, we want to make sure people are taking the appropriate actions in order to get out of pain quickly, cover the damage to the car, and move on with their lives.  Here are 5 tips to make the process easier:

1. Get assessed by a physician that is comfortable with musculoskeletal injuries.  It is important to get your injuries checked out as soon as you can.  Inflammation can occur 12-72 hours after the initial injury, so just because pain is not present immediately most experience pain within the next few days.  Get assessed.

2. Utilize technology.  Most all of us carry around a mini computer in our pockets at all-times called a smart phone.  Make sure to take pictures of your car, any other vehicles involved, the weather conditions, and any injuries that are noticeable (lacerations or bruising).  Remember, someone is looking for a reason to not cover the case.  Allow technology to confirm and tell the accident story.

3. Call your insurance agent immediately.  People are inherently nervous about being involved in an accident and their premiums sky rocketing.  The truth is it is an Ohio law that your premium can not go up if you are not at fault. Make sure your agent is in the loop and can help you navigate the process.

4. Do not sign anything without knowing exactly what the document truly means.  Unfortunately, we have had patients in the past sign forms they did not carefully read. In result, they ended up not receiving any compensation for their medical bills or vehicle damages.  Make sure you read everything and do not sign anything you do not understand.

5. If possible make sure there is an accident report filed.  Typically, police will not come to an accident scene in the absence of injuries that require medical attention.  They will recommend exchanging information and filing a report online.  In this scenario it is here say.  I would highly recommend you document the exact accident scenario and if possible have a witness.  Again, utilize your smart phone to document the events including the at faults admittance to fault.

We are constantly educating ourselves on how to best care for our patients, and as such we want to provide you with information to make a process like this as easy as possible.  If you have any questions on the material or if you know of anyone that has questions please let us know.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

We graciously accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in honor of Cindy Crowe Winning the ALS Fight, as well as donating in Cindy’s honor.  We would like to challenge three of our favorite Westerville businesses. Kelly S. from Melt Hot Fitness Matt D. from Columbus Running and Tatjana from Meza Wine Shop  You have 24 hours to complete the challenge, and please also consider donating! 

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Exciting Speaking Opportuntiy

As a member of the Westerville Community, Central Ohio Spine and Joint frequently has the opportunity to present of different health topics.A few weeks back I was asked to speak to the Mount Caramel Family Medicine Residency program about the conservative management of disc disorders (disc herniations, disc bulges, sHerniated-Discciatica).  I will be presenting next week on this very topic. This is very exciting for myself and Central Ohio Spine and joint in two ways.

1. This provides an opportunity to strengthen our relationship with area Medical Doctors.  We are fortunate to be positioned as a great resource for local Family Doctors, Surgeons, and Pain Management Doctors. Over half of our referrals come from medical doctors. Any time we have the opportunity to educate other physicians on the vast treatment options we provide it is great, especially when it concerns a condition like disc herniation’s. We commonly see these injuries come into the office and we are able to help patients recover and relive pain quickly.

2. I am constantly attempting to refine my skills and learn how to become the best physician possible. With this opportunity it has allowed me to spend the last month researching what is new in the area of management of disc herniation’s.  Knowledge is always power. One of the things I love most about my job is the continued need to learn and develop.

We will always be at the forefront of care in order to provide our patients the most outcomes driven, patient-centered approach around.

This is a great opportunity and I am very excited. I plan to create a three-part series on this very topic so that I can share the information on the blog.  Hundreds of people every day suffer from conditions like this our goal is to not only educate people on making the right treatment decision but also be at the top of the list to provide this care.

Stay tuned, great information to follow!

Central Ohio Spine and Joint and Westerville’s Serving our Seniors Event

The Westerville Community held their annual Serving our Seniors event at Westerville South High School.  This is a wonderful event for the residents of Westerville, providing resources and educational opportunities.  This is the second year Central Ohio Spine and Joint and Dr. Daniel Leonard have had the pleasure of participating.  We are always happy to help educate the community on current health trends and options.  Conservative spine care is essential as research states around 80 percent of people will experience back pain at one point in their life and this number is certainly higher as we age.  We provide very effective care for common conditions seen in the elderly population like arthritis, spinal stenosis, degenerative disk disease and osteoporosis.


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