Auto Injury

    In a few microseconds your body may never be the same. Really?

    Yes, really.

    Volumes of research have been completed showing the nerve damage from auto accident impacts. This applies to those accidents that occur at only a few miles per hour as well as to others with extreme high-velocity impacts.

    How Can a Chiropractor Help Me After My Auto Accident?

    One moment everything may seem fine, then suddenly you’re involved in a serious collision. After an auto accident some individuals experience indicators of whiplash injuries right away, such as blurred vision, headaches, shoulder pain, dizziness, reduced range of motion, and arm pain. Whiplash can also result in minor back injuries, muscle injuries, ligament problems, and disc damage. Other individuals may be injured and feel nothing at all. Most people have one thing on their mind after a car accident: ­ their car! However, it’s important to remember that you and your injuries come first. A visit to a chiropractor should always follow an auto injury, as chiropractors are specialists in damage to soft and hard tissue.

    It is important to remember that the first six weeks after an auto or motorcycle accident are the prime time for chiropractic care. Those six weeks are when the fastest healing takes place.

    If you’ve had an auto accident recently, your first priority should be taking the initiative to visit your chiropractor!

    Some of the symptoms common to whiplash are:

  • Headaches or Migraines
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Dizziness/vertigo
  • Back and neck pain.
  • Jaw pain/problems
  • Wrist Injury
  • Hip, leg or foot numbness/ tingling
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fatigue
  • Mental Fog
Common misconceptions include:
  • It was only a sprain---it will heal itself
  • Seat belts protect you
  • Slower impacts do not cause injury
  • The hospital personnel told you they thought you had no injury (meaning based on your x-rays)
  • It has nothing to do with your health problem years later
  • You thought you had no injuries

Most of an auto injury is damage to soft tissues. There are ligaments, muscles, tendons, and nerves. They don't show on x-ray and
not always on CT or MRI. The function of these is the primary concern...
First: Correct alignment.
Second: Use therapy and supports to improve outcomes.
Third: Time will tell--these may heal slowly for close to a year.

Auto injury and care is tricky, and outcomes are challenging. Short term relief is easy, but long term challenges are expensive and life changing. Chiropractic is a significant part of the auto injury recovery process. Include it within the first week after injury.


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