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Auto Accidents

You can get an appointment at the Pain Relief Centre TODAY!

 If your injury is not life threatening, then the Pain Relief Centre is the right choice. We are able to assess your injuries and get you started with a Chiropractic Rehabilitative program designed specifically for your needs Emergency Medical Condition (EMC) 14 Day Rule 

When you are in an automobile accident, in the state of Florida you must see me medical provider within 14 days, more you waive all rights to personal injury (PIP) benefits. There are no exceptions to this rule. The Pain Relief Centre chiropractors and the medical providers are used to treating the types of musculoskeletal injuries that occur in motor vehicle collisions. We provide the proper documentation to ensure that our patients receive full PIP Benefits. At the Pain Relief Centre, we will assist you in filling out paperwork for your insurance company for Lost wages, medical reimbursements, household duties,and travel expenses. We will also provide you with documentation and reports that detailed the severity of your head injuries, prognosis, future medical costs and maximum medical improvement.

 Soft tissue injuries are the most common type of injury resulting from a motor vehicle accident. A soft tissue injury is an injury to the body’s connective tissue: muscles, ligaments and tendons. A “whiplash” is a type of soft tissue injury. In this type of injury the muscles and ligaments are stretched due to the sudden impact from an accident. Whiplash typically affects the head, neck, and back. Car accidents can cause sprain strain type injuries, and even more serious injuries to the spine and other areas of the body. 

Injuries We Treat include, but are not limited to:

Treatment options:

Chiropractic care: spinal manipulative therapy a.k.a. adjustments are used to put in motion back into the spine or extremity Cervical Mechanical

Traction, Spinal Decompression: is used for bulging cervical discs to create a degree of soft tissue tension and/or to allow for separation between joint surfaces.

Lumbar Mechanical Traction, Spinal Decompression: Treats herniated, bulging, and degenerative discs without surgery. State of the art technology gradually relieves neurocompression often associated with lower back pain. This process has been proven to relieve pain by enlarging disc space, reducing herniation and strengthening outer ligaments. It helps move herniated areas back into place, reversing high intradiscal pressures through application of negative pressure.

Electric muscle stimulation (EMS): Increases blood flow which helps to decrease inflammation and bring nutrients necessary for healing injuries. Stimulates local nerve cells which can have a pain reducing/anesthetic effect.

Hot Packs: Application of superficial heat that is most effective in subacute or chronic conditions. Cold Packs: Application of cold for withdrawal of thermal energy used in acute and severe spasticity.

Ultrasound: Sound waves pass through the skin (a deep penetrating modality) to increase local blood flow, reduces swelling and acute/chronic inflammation. Also used for breaking fibrotic adhesions and reducing muscle spasms.

Passive and Resistive Stretching: Used to increase muscle strength, endurance, flexibility, and mobility.

Intersegmental Traction, Spinal Decompression: induces passive motion into the spine for the purpose of stretching spinal joints and increasing mobility. Since discs have a poor blood supply, they get nutrients from the circulation of fluids surrounding spinal joints. Fixations prevent this natural circulation and can cause thinning and degeneration. Intersegmental traction helps increase and restore necessary elasticity and motion to the spine.

Manual Therapy: Neuromuscular, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, and Trigger Point Massage Therapy used to reduce muscle spasms, break adhesions and release trigger points in the muscle tissues.

Digital X-Ray: Digital x-ray imaging use sensors instead of the traditional photographic film. Advantages include time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. Also less radiation can be used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiography.

Rehabilitative/Muscle Strengthening Equipment: One-on-one patient contact by the provider using dynamic activities with lifting stations to improve functional performance. *Including an 8-Way Cervical Rehabilitation Machine.

Stages of Care:


Stage 1- We begin our care with a thorough examination that leads to a general assessment that guides our treatment. Our treatment starts with therapeutic modalities that reduce inflammation in the injured areas as well as stimulate the muscles to increase circulation. At this stage, we also use passive stretching to increase the range of motion in the injured areas.

Stage 2- We advance using stimulatory modalities and an exercise program designed for the restoration of function in the injured areas.

Stage 3- We increase the rehabilitation at this stage, designing treatments for a broader musculoskeletal rehabilitation using conventional strengthening and stretching exercises as well as isotronic resistance equipment. Our facility uniquely provides a full range of therapeutic modalities under one roof that allows us to manage our patient’s conditions with effective and convenient care. Our care strives to decrease pain levels and increase function and wellness with state-of-the-art physiotherapy services. We use a multi-disciplinary approach to musculoskeletal injuries with Rehabilitative/Sports Medicine, Massage Therapy and Manipulative Therapy.

Did You Know


The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department estimates there are 200,000 car accidents recorded in Florida annually. That is an average of 650 crashes per day. Have you been in a car accident? Are you having trouble finding a doctor that will treat you? Dr. Fechter and the Pain Relief Centre can help! Do you have whiplash? Chiropractic rehabilitative therapy can help! Dr. Fechter is your Whiplash Chiropractor in St. Augustine, Florida. Dr. Fechter is the auto accident injury chiropractor trusted in St. Augustine for over 15 years
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