Whiplash Injury and Car Accident Treatments
Auto related injuries such as whiplash can show themselves a matter of days, weeks or months after your auto accident. Your auto insurance company usually covers your injuries so they don’t come back to bit you later on in life but you should seek an evaluation as quickly as possible. This will allow a doctor who commonly treats injuries to the neck like whiplash the ability to properly evaluate all soft tissue injuries, not just broken bones which is what the look for at the hospital. Here at Young Chiropractic of Easley SC, we see victims of car accidents on a weekly basis and have great success treating their pain and injuries. We help you with stress by dealing directly with your auto insurance company, file any of your necessary paperwork for you and even take the time to help your attorney with any necessary paperwork that they may need to help with your claim. Our Easley Chiropractic office is highly experienced with the treatment of whiplash and any and all vehicle related injures you may experience and are always here, and happy to help in any way that we can.
Car Accident Injuries
One of the most common reasons people seek chiropractic care is for back pain. Symptoms of a serious injury often do not present themselves immediately and can manifest days or even weeks later. After an accident, it is crucial to seek medical attention within the first 24-72 hours even if you do not feel any pain and the accident seemed to be insignificant. Obtaining medical attention immediately sets you up for a successful recovery, as well as establishing proper documentation of any injuries, diagnosis, and any treatments obtained. Some of the most common car accident injuries are whiplash and back pain and these injuries should be treat immediately for a greater chance of a full recovery.
Whiplash Injuries Related to Car Accidents
The most common injury related to car accidents that occurs even at low speeds is whiplash. With impact that causes an abrupt stop, the body will still continue to move forward. The significant stress of this violent motion can cause injury to the neck. Tendons can be strained as it causes the neck to hyperextend, thus exceeding its normal range of motion as well damage to the soft tissue and bones.
Whiplash symptoms include stiffness or soreness that gradually gets worst if not treated in the neck. It is estimated that 15-40% of patients who do not treat their acute neck pain will end up with chronic neck pain. Most car accidents happen at speeds of 14 MPH or less and involve a rear impact collision. While these low speed accidents may not cause any harm to the vehicle, whiplash and damage to the neck can happen at speeds as low as 2.5 MPH.
Back Pain Injuries Related to Back Pain
Whiplash may be the most common vehicle accident injury at low speeds, higher speeds can cause significant injuries to the body, especially around the spine’s muscles and tendons, which can case back pain. The conditions caused by this include low back pain, mid to upper back, as well as sciatica.
What is Sciatica?
When damage occurs to the sciatic nerve, it causes sciatica. This nerve is the longest one in the body and runs directly along the spinal cord. When an accident occurs, it can cause sciatica by compressing or injuring the sciatic nerve. This is often felt by tingling or numbness in the lower body as well pain that radiates down the legs and feet. Sciatica can be incapacitating when left untreated. Severe cases can also cause incontinence and loss of controls of bowels. Either of these signs or lost of movement in the lower limbs is a sign of an emergency and requires immediate medical intervention.
Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain involves the muscles and soft tissue of the back, including the quadrature lumborum, w a large band of muscle that wraps around the back of the waist. During a car accident, these muscles can experience trauma or bruising. The lumbar spine can also receive fractures and misalignment of the vertebrae that can cause lower back pain.
Lower back pain is the most common pain of the back and when chronic, can result in lost wages over the years as well as a lower quality of life. For those who already suffer from lower back pain, an accident can worsen their condition.
Mid and Upper Back Pain
When the thoracic spine is involved, severe back pain can occur. This region is where the ribs connect to the spot and any injuries to this area, including the organs or ribs, can also cause back pain. This pain requires treatment as this area protects vital internal organs. An accident resulting in damage or trauma to this area can affect one’s ability to function in their daily lives.
Back pain after an accident may seem minor, it is important to know how severe the injury is without a medical examination right after the incident. At Young Chiropractic, we have chiropractic treatment protocols for those with injuries caused by an accident. We have a highly qualified spinal care team and a head chiropractor who will conduct a thorough exam and also evaluate you for other common car accident injuries, such as vertigo, headaches, numbness, and tingling in the extremities. Our doctors will evaluate all of the symptoms and help to develop a comprehensive treatment plan to treat all of your symptoms. Our services are based on the individual, not a cookie cutter approach to health.
Here at Young Chiropractic of Easley, we understand how stressful the financial and legal aspect of dealing with a car accident can be. We will work with your attorney and insurance companies to ensure as little hassle as possible.
Our goal is to get you to your healthy self again and on the path to recovery. Please contact us today at (864) 855-2422 and let us get you corrected!