Facts: Many bumpers are built to withstand crashes of at or above 10 mph without sustaining noticeable damage. It has also been shown that a wreck with speeds as little as 5 mph can induce neck injury. Therefore, someone could be injured with minimal or no damage to their vehicle.
- 45% of Americans with chronic neck pain attribute it to a past whiplash injury
- Approximately 3 million Americans are injured in motor vehicle collisions annually, with nearly half developing chronic symptoms and 10% becoming disabled.
Many accident victims don’t notice any pain at first.
Because of the high speeds and forces involved, an auto accident can lead to a range of injuries – everything from your head, back and legs can be hurt. In fact, cervical trauma resulting from an auto accident tends to be one of the more severe injuries, because of fractures or compression of nerves in that region.
It’s tempting to minimize your own injuries because your car has sustained little or no damage. Research shows that occupants can be injured considerably more than what you’d expect from a dented fender or a broken taillight.
Spinal Injuries Can Cause Problems Everywhere
Chiropractic care can resolve many of the issues resulting from such heavy trauma. Even if the injury you sustain is the common whiplash, it can result in problems that are seemingly unrelated to spinal misalignment. Headaches, blurred vision, lumbar pain, general stiffness in the back, shoulder problems and more can often be traced to issues in your spinal region.
What symptoms might I experience after an auto accident?
- Blurred vision
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Reduced range of motion in the neck
- Arm pain
- Neck stiffness
- Low back pain
It is not uncommon for the problems that result from an auto accident to go undetected for weeks after the occurrence. Even if you do not immediately feel pain or discomfort, you should seriously consider consulting with a chiropractor. This can apprehend most issues before they occur, and place you in a great position to minimize or eliminate future pain. Chiropractic care can save you months of debilitating pain.
The Trauma of an Automobile Accident
It is important to realize that the stresses to which your body is subjected in a car collision are far greater than you experience in everyday life. Even if you feel fine after the accident, you can be certain that your body felt the drastically increased stresses. What effect this has in the future can be difficult to predict; however, by seeking chiropractic care, you stand an excellent chance of avoiding unnecessary discomfort in the future, and restoring your body to a healthy, pre-collision state.
We Can Help
Whether it was a little incident in the parking lot, or two cars attempting to occupy the same space in an intersection, you need people who know how to work with lawyers and insurance companies.
If you’ve been in a car accident, give us a call. We’ve been through this many times. Not only can we usually offer drug-free care, we can help put this behind you once and for all.
Because the nerves to the arms and hands exit the spine through the injured area of the neck, numbness and tingling are common. Even lower back pain can result directly from the trauma, or as a reaction to the loss of proper spinal curves.
Whether you’ve been in an accident, stressed at work, or over-exerted yourself in the garden, your body is constantly adapting to the environment. When your capacity to adapt is exhausted, symptoms can appear. This can take days, weeks, months or years to occur.
Many chiropractic patients report improved spinal function and a reduction of their symptoms. Those who delay seeking appropriate care often discover that scar tissue and long-standing spinal instability increases the recovery period.