Even a minor automobile accident can have major effects on your health. When one automobile is struck by another, thousands of pounds of force are exerted on the neck and spine. Injuries can result to the ligaments, muscles, joints, and disks of the neck and spine. Even at speeds of only 10 miles per hour injuries can be sustained.
Injuries from auto accidents can take time to appear. Many clinical, automotive, and medical studies report frequent delays in patients having initial onset of some amount of stiffness, soreness, or pain after being in a collision, anywhere up to 1-2 weeks. These frequent delays in the onset of post-traumatic pain also account for many injuries not being reported to the police. One study done by Quintner even indicated that 35% of patients had an onset of pain three months after the initial crash.
Whiplash and whiplash associated disorders represent a range of injuries to the neck caused by or related to a sudden force on the neck. Symptoms of whiplash are often pain and aching in the neck, back and shoulders, tingling and numbness in the arm and hand and headaches.
Headaches are the second most common symptom following a motor vehicle crash. One study found that 80% of mild head injury cases had chronic daily headaches for 5-7 days a week for six months. Migraines can also result in car injury cases. Luckily, our office can address all of these issues and more.
By using the latest in chiropractic spinal rehabilitation technology, instrument assisted adjusting and MedX spinal therapy machines and massage therapy, our office is able to not only give relief care but also offer strengthening and conditioning exercises to help reduce the probability of pain recurrence. If you’ve been in a car accident, you know the stress and pain isn’t worth the hassle. Let our experienced staff help you gain back mobility and range of motion and a pain-free lifestyle.
Luckily, auto insurers also recognize the need for chiropractic care after such an incident. Our treatments are generally covered in full by automobile insurance policies, whether you’re the driver, passenger or pedestrian regardless of who is at fault. Call our office today to schedule an appointment for any symptoms you may be experiencing as result of a car accident no matter how recent or long ago the crash was.