If you’ve ever been in a car accident, you probably know that the paramedics are likely the first health care professionals you see. They are there to assess whether you should rush to the hospital to seek immediate medical treatment. From fractures or concussions to lacerations and other potential internal injuries many issues may require you to be escorted to the hospital in an ambulance.
In many cases, the paramedics will tell you that you are not injured enough to head to the hospital. This might be the right call, but what if you still don’t feel quite right? Today your chiropractors in Vancouver WA are going to discuss some of the problems your musculoskeletal system may encounter after a car accident.
In adults, injuries from an accident can show up right away, but many will show up over time. You may feel like something is slightly off, or you may feel totally fine, but things can get worse once you get home.
Whether the impact occurs from the front or the rear, the neck is a very vulnerable area in your body and in an accident the neck can move from a very still and relaxed position to a very excessive range of motion, contributing to a variety of hyperflexion-hyperextension injuries that can affect soft tissues in the neck, as well as joint capsules and intervertebral discs. One name for this type of injury is whiplash and it is often associated with car accident neck injuries.
- Neck pain and inflammation
- Arm pain, numbness or tingling
- Lack of concentration
- Lack of clarity of thought
- TMJ or jaw pain
- Mid or lower back pain
- Spinal disc symptoms
The timeline for symptoms to pop up after an accident can be different from person to person, but most develop whiplash symptoms within 24 hours to a few days of the accident.
The degree of your injuries can vary and your recommended course of action will differ depending on the situation. Consulting your chiropractor is a good idea after an accident so you can have your injuries assessed and treated. Your chiropractor can also let you know if your problems are related to the nerves, muscles, joints, or connective tissues of the spine.
Adults with whiplash injuries who seek chiropractic care can facilitate a faster, easier recovery and may reduce the risk of chronic neck pain in the future.
Here are five other reasons to seek chiropractic care after a car accident:
- Chiropractic care reduces inflammation
- Chiropractic care can help restore motion
- Chiropractic care helps reduce scar tissue
- Chiropractic care releases pain-reducing hormones throughout the body
- Chiropractic care can shorten recovery time
Car accident injuries can really be a pain in the neck, but your chiropractors in Vancouver WA can help!