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5:45 AM, on Janurary 22nd, A man ran a red light and hit me in the side of truck at 50, he was in a town car. The same day I was going to have the seat belt in my driver's side looked at because it was not working, so I did not have it on at the time...figures. The force of the impact sent me slamming into the frame of the door, as my truck was being pulled 4 lanes to the right during the impact I was being pushed out the driver's side window after breaking it with the side of my head ;o] ... When everything came to a halt and eerie silence, I was partially ejected, and the only pain I could feel right away was intense pain in the area of my left femur... Ambulance came, I was in the ER with one single X-ray of my femur which revelaed a hemtoma the size of a softball and other htan that a lot of cuts, and bruises.... That kind of high-speed collision doesn't let you off that easy, later that day when I was released I got right into bed, exhausted, and woke up the next day, unable to lift my head becuase my neck, didn't work... the pain was intense all up and down my neck and back and left hip bone in the location it connects to your spine...

I went to see the doctor after experiencing shooting pains through my body, belived to be damaged nerves..

THE DOCTORS FINDINGS:

Hyper-reflexia in the patellar tendon
Cervical spine flexion was 60 degrees (normal is 50)
Extension 40 degress (normal is 50)
Left lateral was 27 degress where as 45 is normal..

The right lateral flexion, left rotation, amd right rotation were slightly restricited.. left lateral flexion was marked restriction....

loss of 59.52% of left hand strength
loss of 63.1% of right hand strength

Passive motion palpation shows intersegmental restrictions in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spines as well as right sacroiliac joint..

There is much loss of motion and pelvic rotation..

My C2/C3 is hypermobile (120%)
C3/C4 hypermobile (144%)
C4/C5 hypermobile (130%)
C5/C6 Hypomobile (79%)
C6/C7 upper range of Normal...

There is a +Y rotation of the lumbar vertebral bodies, There isa break in George's Line at C3/C4 C4/C5 C5/C6 noted on the extension view possibly indicating posterior longitudinal ligament involvment...

So part of the diagnosis is damage/laxity of ligament in cervical spine (C3)

X-ray's that me and the doctor viewed show the spine looking at it straight on had a 'subluxation' as some call it where it clearly an with a pronounced curve, went out of alinment, my hips had also been rotated..and the damage to the ligament in my neck which causes the C3/4 to slip 4mm off.. and of course, damaged and compressed nerves cause all form of headahces and pains through out the body.. upon X-rays, my neck leaned foward 15% off, tilted to the right 6% I had a 11% weight diffreintial from my left to right foot..NONE of my x-rays came back anywhere near normal curvature or alignment through out the entire spine..

Over all I had loss of motion, intense muscle spasms, very limited movment of my neck with pain, intense lower back pain, specifically where the left hip joins the spine, the spine is curved and misaligned in a frontal view and from the side significantly..same story on the neck with the injured ligament(s)..the pain restricts many activities, I feel like I will never run again, strain for heavy object, ect... It has limitied my driving, the only partial relief is lying down in bed at night, Nerve damage, MRI wil help be more specific, but they are very intense and occur often through-out the day, all kinds of headaches.. these were only some of the abnormal findings ..

All go hand-in-hand with the type of impact I had during the accident and the way my body was thrown.. How serious is all this, and what treatments are avliable..adjustments only worsen the nerve pain.. according to both my general doctor and chiropractor, when looked at as a whole. They concluded in their reports I had significant motor vehicle collision injuries and had a very likely prognosis or permenant disability or disfigurement of my spine.. Right now I'm not able to work, Drive for more than 10 or so minutes, walk more than 1/2 a mile, and sit for more than a few minutes..much less even look down at my reports to type a few of the injuries to type here..so I'm going to leave at this and try to get some more replies/opinions online here before I make any desicions..

Finally, I have become able to lift my neck but not without discomfort..The muslce spasms last all day to the left of my spine near my left shoulder blade area where I feel very constricted and swollen..No medication or adjustment as helped..thea djustments make me feel a little more flexible in my back for a few minutes but it locks right back up...some of the most horrible pain is from the left hip area where it connects to spine, I could be on disability alone from that when it flares up from sitting too long ;o] ..


-JD





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