Often when we experience an auto accident, our first
concerns are about damage to our vehicle, insurance
deductibles and whether the other party suffered any
injuries. It is common to not seek immediate medical
attention if we do not feel any initial pain. This can be a
costly mistake. Chances are if you have been in an auto
accident recently or in the past, you have suffered some
degree of damage. Even without any noticeable pain
right after an accident, more serious problems can arise
months or possibly years later. Spinal and soft tissue
injuries can be complex and require an expert to locate
the problem area. Call us today to find out how our
chiropractors can aid in your recovery.
Studies have shown that even in low impact accidents, at as little as five miles per hour, can cause bodily harm to
the occupants. Do not let the damage to your vehicle be the indication of damage to your neck, head or spine.
Cars are made to withstand collisions, but the force of the impact is usually transferred to those inside the
vehicle. Many unnoticed injuries occur when you are involved in a collision. Even if you do not feel any pain at the
scene of the accident, the damage you may have suffered can affect many areas of the body later in life.
The most common injury is of course whiplash. The term, whiplash, is confusing because it describes both the
mechanism of injury and the symptoms caused by the car accident. It is due to a traumatic event that causes the
head to move suddenly or whip in one direction and then recoil in the other direction. The most common cause of
whiplash is a motor vehicle accident in which one vehicle is struck from behind by another. However, it can occur
when a car stops abruptly after striking a pole, a wall, or another car, and can also occur after a side impact.
Significant damage to ligaments, discs, and joints can occur with whiplash, even if the swings of extension and
flexion are not excessive. More commonly the neck is forced to the extreme ends of normal range or beyond.
Because the trauma is usually sudden, occupants of the car are not prepared for the impact and are relaxed,
which allows more forces to be exerted on the discs, ligaments and joints.
It is never too late to treat your injuries. While it is better to get checked out
and begin restorative chiropractic treatment sooner rather than later, even
years after an auto accident you can alleviate aches and pains through
targeted chiropractic care. Unfortunately, the standard medical approach
to these injuries often amounts to nothing more than suppressing the
symptoms with pain-killers and anti-inflammatory drugs, leaving the
injured muscles to hopefully heal on their own.
Chiropractic helps to restore muscular strength, flexibility, and normal
function by correcting vertebral subluxations and other alignment issues
of the spine. While popping pain pills can ease the discomfort, it cannot
repair the damage to your spine or soft tissue. Getting proper chiropractic
care after an auto accident can greatly improve your quality of life by
making your day to day life free from chronic pain. Call us today to find out
more about chiropractic treatments available to you. It’s never too late to
get healthy and happy.
Top Ten Reasons You Should Be Examined By A Chiropractor After Being Involved In A Automobile Accident
- You could be injured and not know it. Why not find out sooner rather than later?
- You may not experience symptoms for days, weeks or even months after a whiplash injury.
- Healthcare professionals all agree that the first seventy two hours after an accident are the most crucial
time treatment can be the most effective.
- The majority of injuries from automobile accidents occur at speeds of six to twelve miles per hour. Your
car may not show much damage, but your body might.
- Soft-tissue injuries are permanent, as scar tissue can form in your muscles leaving them less flexible and
prone to re-injury in the future if you don’t receive treatment.
- Statistics show the longer you wait for treatment after you are injured, the longer it takes to heal and
requires more treatments.
- If you are injured your injuries usually will not heal on their own. They may even worsen if left untreated.
- If you act quickly you preserve your legal rights. Most attorneys agree that you should get prompt medical
treatment; otherwise you may get benefits denied or limited.
- In most cases treatment can cost you nothing out of pocket, even if it’s your fault or you don’t have any
- If you are not injured you can sleep better at night knowing you had an extensive exam and possible X-rays
and found out everything was fine.