Accidents take everyone by surprise and require immediate responses in order to ensure the least possible damage to people and property. The aftermath of an accident is stressful, scary and often painful, especially if an injury was involved.
Obviously, a head or spinal injury, broken bone or another serious injury should be attended to by a physician in the hospital. However, oftentimes you’ll still experience lingering pain long after you are cleared. In other instances, you may not have what’s considered to be a serious injury, but are still experiencing pain or discomfort. In that case, it may be wise to enlist the help of a chiropractor.
How Do Car Accidents Cause Injury?
The forces of a car accident can be extreme, even in minor fender benders. This can put a serious strain on the muscles, tendons, ligaments, connective tissues and other structures in your neck and spine. Strains in the back or neck, caused by bodily tissues whipping back and forth and tearing or pulling, can become very painful if unaddressed and further aggravated by use.
In many car accidents, the force of the impact causes the bones in the spine to shift and move out of alignment. This can cause discomfort, pain, and malfunctioning of bodily systems (because different systems are affected by each vertebrae). That can result in reduced range of motion, pain, lower immune functioning, and many other secondary conditions.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Though many car accidents lead to fatalities or serious injuries, most result only in minor injuries. However, if left untreated they may worsen over time and cause secondary problems. The most frequent injuries from car accidents include strains, sprains, and whiplash. While the body can heal from all of these, it may need a little help in order to heal quickly and with a minimum chance of recurring pain.
Car accidents can also cause anxiety and trauma, which are equally destructive to your life if left untreated. Luckily, quality chiropractic care can help ease the symptoms of all of the above. A chiropractor, who specializes in the alignment of the spine and the treatment of both bones and soft tissues, can not only heal your pain and reduce the results of injury, they can calm stress and anxiety as well, putting you back on the path to a normal life.
How Does a Chiropractor Treat Car Accident Injuries and Pain?
A chiropractor qualified to treat car accident injuries will seek to reduce your pain and speed your healing as quickly as possible. By taking a full inventory of your health and situation, our chiropractor will devise a full-body solution that treats not only the site of your injury, but other problem areas in your body. The goal is nothing less than total health.
If you’re ready to treat your injuries and would like to work with an experienced, professional chiropractor, please get in touch with us. We have several convenient locations throughout Florida, including Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, Hollywood, and Tamarac. Make your appointment today by calling Back to Mind Chiropractic at +1(954)-986-4559.
Frequently Asked Questions on Car Crash Recovery and Chiropractic Care
Have you recently been rear-ended, involved in a fender-bender or T-boned on the highways or streets of Florida? If you have, you should know that being involved in a car accident is extremely stressful for your body and can result in several different types of hidden injuries, like a herniated disc and whiplash. Thankfully, our chiropractor can examine you, answer all of your car accident injury questions and provide you with a non-invasive, drug-free treatment program.
Car crashes are extremely traumatic on the human body. This is due to physics and the fact that a body in motion tends to stay in motion. While you are driving, your body is moving as fast as your car. When you get into a car accident, your vehicle is forcefully stopped, but your body is not stopped as quickly because it must first dissipate all its momentum. This often results in your body spending a short amount of time bouncing back and forth between your seatbelt and seat. Certain parts of your body may also sling forward, like your knees, arms and hands. If anything is in the way of your forward momentum, as the dash or door, you may end up with a twisted knee or sprained or broken wrist. The latter is especially common if you were holding onto your steering wheel or shifter at the time of the accident. Other auto accident injuries include shoulder injuries, herniated discs, sprains and strains, bruising, concussions and whiplash.
Neck pain after a car accident is quite common. However, most individuals won’t notice their neck stiffness and pain right away. This is because the body releases adrenaline at the time of the crash, which can delay symptoms for up to 72 hours. If you have neck pain and stiffness after your accident, it can be due to a sprain or strain in your neck, herniated disc or whiplash, which is extreme sprain and strain of the neck that can result in cervical vertebrae misalignment.
One of the most often experienced auto accident injuries is whiplash. It occurs at the time of the impact when your body ricochets back and forth between your seatbelt and the back of your seat and headrest. This whipping motion stretches all of the soft tissues in your neck, including your ligaments, tendons, and muscles. If the crash is severe enough, it can result in the vertebrae in your neck becoming misaligned. This injury typically causes neck stiffness and pain, severe headaches, blurry vision, sensitivity to light and sound and difficulty concentrating. In some instances, you may also notice upper back pain and pain down one of both arms.
Chiropractors, like our chiropractors in Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, Tamarac and Hollywood, FL, perform detailed physical examinations in order to determine the extent of your injuries. Then, they develop a comprehensive car crash recovery treatment program that includes non-invasive treatment options, like chiropractic adjustments to help with joint mobility and soft tissue inflammation, spinal decompression therapy to help with herniated discs, massage therapy to help increase circulation and alleviate muscle soreness and injury rehabilitation which helps increase strength and flexibility in injured soft tissues.
Since many car crash injuries do not result in immediate symptoms, it’s important to schedule an initial consultation and examination within 72 hours. Getting an early diagnosis and treatment can help decrease the severity of your symptoms and help you heal faster.
Scheduling an appointment with our car crash doctor is convenient and easy with our four locations. We have several convenient locations throughout Florida, including Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, Hollywood, and Tamarac. Make your appointment today by calling Back to Mind Chiropractic at +1(954)-986-4559.
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