Statistically, if you ride in a car or drive one you are bound to be involved in an auto accident at some point in your life. Even seemingly minor accidents can have a big impact on your chiropractic health and wellness, and can result in neck or back pain that can go on for days, weeks, month or even years. This is why you need to be treated by a chiropractor as soon as you can after an auto accident. Here are some of the most common injuries chiropractors see after an auto accident; they need to be treated right away!
Herniated or Bulging Discs
The force of impact from an auto accident can cause problems with the discs in your spine. They can put pressure on the delicate nerve roots surrounding them if they become displaced or begin to bulge or herniate. This can result in a lot of pain in the back and neck and a loss of normal range of motion.
Chiropractic care can help take the pressure off of the spinal nerves that can be caused by a displaced or damaged disc, and the outcome will be better for you the sooner after the accident it is treated.
Pain in the Knees
This may not be one of the first injuries that comes to mind after an auto accident, but knees have a tendency to become twisted or to impact the dashboard or doors in a car and this can lead to damage to the ligaments and soft tissues.
A chiropractor can examine your knee and diagnose the source of the problem so that it may be treated correctly, helping to reduce pain and inflammation as well as encourage healing.
Low Back Pain
The sprain or strain of the lower back is a common auto accident injury and it can lead to swelling, stiffness, inflammation and pain. If it is severe then it can translate to pain down one or both legs all the way to the foot.
Your chiropractor can help you to reduce the inflammation and swelling, helping to restore function and reduce permanent damage and pain.
Whiplash is a well-known injury that can result from an auto accident. It is a severe sprain or strain of the neck and it can lead to stiffness in the neck and shoulder, pain, headaches, blurry vision and dizziness. Almost everyone in an auto accident gets some degree of whiplash, so seeing your chiropractor immediately is very important.
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