Automobile accidents are often unexpected events that happen within an instant and can leave lasting impacts. Even in minor accidents, serious injuries can occur such as soft tissue sprains, head injuries, and whiplash. Symptoms may occur several days after the incident once your body relaxes from the tense altercation causing you to notice soreness, pain, and discomfort that may not have been present immediately after the accident. Fortunately, chiropractic care has proven effective in helping to restore the function of your nervous system, which allows your body to heal itself without invasive methods and reducing or eliminating the need for pain medication.
What Happens During an Accident?
During an accident, the musculoskeletal system within your body can be knocked out of alignment by just the force of the impact, causing nerve irritation and interference, which may lead to reduced functionality of organs, tissues, and glands along with neck and back pain. Depending on the severity of the accident, other injuries may occur.
Whiplash is a common injury in rear-ended accidents and occurs when the head is suddenly jolted into another direction. The sudden “whipping” motion destabilizes the spine and can injure the surrounding and supporting tissues of the neck and head such as the muscles, nerves, soft tissues, and spinal discs. Muscles react by tightening and contracting, creating muscle fatigue, which can result in severe pain, muscle stiffness, and limited mobility.
Common symptoms of whiplash may include:
- Back pain
- Blurred vision
- Decreased range of the motion in the neck
- Muscle stiffness
- Neck pain
- Numbness that extends from the neck down to your arms and hands
- Poor concentration and memory retention
- Ringing in your ears
- Shoulder pain
How We Can Help
When the body sustains sudden and jarring trauma, soft tissues such as muscles, ligaments, and tendons can stretch and tear. Though traditional medication may provide immediate pain relief, it does not offer a long-term solution to pain management or help to restore mobility after an injury.
As chiropractors, our goal is to assist your body in healing itself by treating the root cause of your pain. Treatment will focus on realigning your spine and affected joints to restore motion and alleviate pressure on surrounding nerves, which will restore nervous system function and promote healing. Your chiropractor may also suggest the use of laser treatments, ice, massage or other methods to help reduce any pain or discomfort you may be having.
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in an auto accident, it is important to seek prompt care to best avoid any lingering discomfort or damage from the trauma. By seeking early care and treatment, the sooner you can begin the road to recovery and have a safe and full recovery with minimal complications. For more information on how we can help after an accident or to schedule an appointment, contact Hunt Spinal Care today.