What injuries are common after an auto accident?
Due to the high level of force placed on the body at the time of an auto accident, injury is often sustained by those involved. While pain and swelling is quite common, additional injuries can occur such as injuries to the back, knees, head, or shoulders. Additionally, whiplash is a common injury to the neck that can cause significant deterioration in the spine if left untreated. Additionally, symptoms of auto injuries do not often manifest for several hours to days after the event, and patients may notice irritability, forgetfulness, blurred vision, and dizziness long after they walk away from an auto accident.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a common neck injury after a car wreck. When moving at high speed, the neck can jam forward then back quickly and cause a variety of injuries to the neck and shoulders. If left untreated, whiplash can cause bone, ligament, and disc damage to the neck and spine. Symptoms of whiplash include neck tightness, headache, radiating pain that seems to travel down a consistent path, pain when holding the head in specific positions, or a stabbing pain in a specific area of the neck. Whiplash is very treatable and benefits from quick diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors are skilled in detecting and treating whiplash.
What chiropractic treatments help with injuries from auto accidents?
Chiropractic treatments address the spinal column and the attached structural muscles associated with posture, walking, and body movements. When auto injury occurs, often all of these can be negatively affected. Chiropractic adjustments target the subluxations caused by the auto accident to renew function and posture. With a variety of interventions to choose from chiropractors specifically address the individual needs of every patient and help facilitate healing and growth for victims of auto accidents.