Being in a car accident can be one of the scariest and most confusing experiences in a person’s life. Most of the time, the primary concern is for potential damage to the vehicle or the effect the accident might have on insurance premiums. This line of thought can result in the neglect of the most important priority, the health of the individuals involved. Making sure you get the right care and get it quickly can be the most beneficial thing you can do for your overall health after an auto accident. The following article aims to help you understand the potential consequences of injuries caused by an automobile accident. Hopefully, it will help you avoid the long lasting problems too often seen by chiropractors.
The Most Common Injuries Occurring From Car Accidents
Most people are under the false impression that the most severe injuries caused by a car accident are immediately apparent. There is also a common misconception that serious damage can only be caused by high speed or hard impact collisions. However, it has been shown that these beliefs are responsible for a significant number of people failing to receive proper treatment for injuries after automobile accidents. Because of this, the primary thing to remember when making decisions on whether to seek treatment is that a variety of injuries may occur following different types of impacts.
- Neck Pain
- Sprain/ Strains
- Shoulder Pain/ Arm Pain
- Muscle Tension
- Back Pain
- Tingling sensations / Numbness
- Leg pain
- Ankle pain
Although injuries like fractures, cuts, concussions, and dislocations are noticeable immediately, there are other forms of damage which can occur to the musculature, blood vessels, and nerves that may not be evident for some time.
Unfortunately, when these injuries do become apparent in what can be months or even years down the road, many insurance companies will not offer reimbursement for care. This is one reason why it is so critical for anyone involved in an auto accident to have a complete evaluation by a medical professional as soon as possible.
At Paxton Family Chiropractic, we are here to help you through this process!
How a Chiropractor Can Help
As was mentioned earlier, chiropractors specialize in treating the body through gentle adjustments of the vertebrae in the spine. Any type of musculoskeletal injury would benefit greatly from chiropractic care. Even though whiplash is not always immediately apparent after an accident, it is considered one of the most frequent injuries that can be sustained during an auto accident.
When a whiplash injury occurs, an immense amount of strain is placed on the spine. This can damage the muscles, ligaments, and nerves in your neck. When these seemingly small injuries are not treated, they can lead to more debilitating, long-term problems. Studies have shown that whiplash injuries can often be responsible for the early degeneration of the vertebrae in your spinal column along with chronic pain and headaches.
Since automobile injuries can involve many systems throughout the body, finding a doctor who is qualified to address each individual area is vital. At Paxton Family Chiropractic, our team will develop a personalized treatment plan that will encompass the necessary chiropractic adjustments, any physical therapy or exercise programs that may be needed, as well as possible nutritional modifications that will help speed up the recovery process.
Remember that seeking care immediately after a collision may mean the difference between a quick recovery and a lifetime of pain.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, please contact our team at Paxton Family Chiropractic as soon as possible to schedule a consultation.