By its very nature, an auto accident is a violent, destructive act. When two vehicles collide, thousands of pounds of force can be released. This tremendous force puts a lot of stress on your body especially your neck, spine, and back. The aftermath of exposure to such forces is often pain and injury to ligaments, discs, and soft tissues of the neck and spine. Even some of the most minor car accidents can cause major issues to your health and well being. It is no wonder then that auto accidents are one of the leading causes of personal injury in this country every year!
Personal Injury can happen with any number of activities. It can result from playing recreational sports, slip and fall accidents, or work-related injuries. It can be immediate, acute pain or dull aches that manifest themselves over time. No matter what circumstances led to your personal injury, if you are having pain your body is telling you that something is not right with your neuromusculoskeletal system. If you ignore the pain you run the risk of your condition degrading over time and becoming permanent!
Auto accidents and other types of personal injury can cause a variety of conditions some of the most common are listed here:
- Lower Back Pain
- Upper Back Pain
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Pinched Nerve
- Slipped Disc
While commonly associated with auto accidents, whiplash can actually be caused by many different things, such as a roller coaster. Whiplash can be a tough injury to diagnose. It does not show up on x-rays or MRI’s such as a broken bone would. Whiplash injuries involve damage to the nervous system, muscle joints and connective tissue which can make it tough to treat. Whiplash injuries can manifest themselves in the form of neck pain, headaches, fatigue, upper back and shoulder pain, cognitive changes and arm and hand issues.
However, no two cases of whiplash are the same. Factors such as speed and direction of impact, sex, age and physical condition all play a role in determining the pattern of symptoms. Sadly, many in the medical community don't realize that chiropractic care is one of the most effective ways to treat whiplash injury. Chiropractic care is one of the single most effective ways to treat a whiplash injury.
Many of our patients are told by ER doctors or Urgent Care physicians that they have not suffered any sign of injury and are told to "wait and see". This approach can lead to a cascade of symptoms that become chronic.
Lower Back Pain
Eighty percent of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. In fact, it is estimated that low back pain affects more than half of the adult population each year! There are many different conditions that can result in low back pain, including: sprained ligaments, strained muscles, ruptured disks, trigger points and inflamed joints.
Auto accidents routinely cause injuries to the supportive structure of the spine. Allowing to heal in a weakened or misaligned state will lead to chronic problems. Chiropractic care for the low back has been repeatedly shown to be the most effective treatment for low back pain.
Upper Back Pain
Most people do not realize how much they move their neck during the day until they are unable to do so. We associate the neck and upper back together, because most of the muscles that are associated with the neck either attach to, or are located in, the upper back. Most neck and upper back pain is caused by a combination of factors. These factors include injury, poor posture, chiropractic subluxations, stress, and in some instances, disc problems. Auto accidents routinely misalign the neck and mid back, left uncorrected this will lead to premature wear and tear and chronic pain.
Headaches affect just about everyone at some point and they can present themselves in many different ways. The pain itself may be dull or sharp and may last for anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. Headaches can be due to a wide variety of causes, such as drug reactions, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), tightness in the neck muscles, low blood sugar, high blood pressure, stress and fatigue.
Numerous research studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments are very effective for treating tension headaches, especially headaches that originate in the neck. Each individual’s case is different and requires a thorough evaluation before a proper course of chiropractic care can be determined. Headaches are one of the top symptoms experienced after auto accidents.
When nerves become ‘pinched’, injury, spasm, and inflammation of the surrounding muscles causes the nerve to become compressed, resulting in pain. The term “pinched nerve” is somewhat of a catch-all phrase that is commonly used to describe the pain associated with a variety of conditions from subluxations, to tunnel syndromes to the referred pain from trigger points. In most cases, nerves become irritated and inflamed when the bones, joints or muscles of the spine are not in their proper position, or are not moving properly. This condition is called a “subluxation”, the treatment of which is the specialty of the doctor of chiropractic.
You may have heard the term “slipped disc” used to describe a low back injury. Discs do not actually “slip”. Rather, they may herniate or bulge out from between the bones. A herniation is a displaced fragment of the center part or nucleus of the disc that is pushed through a tear in the outer layer or annulus of the disc. Pain results when irritating substances are released from this tear and also if the fragment touches or compresses a nearby nerve. Many factors decrease the strength and resiliency of the disc and increase the risk of disc herniation.
Lifestyle choices such as smoking, lack of regular exercise, and inadequate nutrition contribute to poor disc health. Poor posture, daily wear and tear, injury or trauma, and incorrect lifting or twisting further stress the disc. Mild to moderate disc herniation’s can usually be treated conservatively with stretching, exercise therapy and chiropractic care. More advanced cases will often require some form of spinal decompression, such as traction or mechanical decompression, in conjunction with chiropractic care.
Don’t Fall Into The Trap
Sadly, many victims of auto accidents and personal injury never fully recover. The reason is simple; some people don’t seek treatment immediately following the injury because they don’t instantly feel hurt. While others simply don’t take the time to receive chiropractic care, opting instead for a life of medications and pain killers in order to manage the pain and injuries for the rest of their life. Even if you do not experience pain at first, corrective chiropractic care is what can make the difference between full recovery and having lingering pain for the rest of your life.
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