Even minor car accidents can result in a variety of injuries. Common car accident injuries include whiplash, neck pain, back pain, and soft tissue injuries. Chiropractic care offers a variety of treatment methods for helping you to heal and recover from injuries sustained during a car accident.
One of the most common car accident injuries is whiplash, also referred to as acceleration/deacceleration trauma. Whiplash occurs when the head and neck are forcefully thrust in one direction, then quickly whipped in the opposite direction. This whipping motion often results in damage to the vertebrae, discs, ligaments, joints, muscles, and tendons along the spine, which can lead to extensive pain and discomfort. Signs and symptoms that you have sustained a whiplash injury include:
- Stiffness in the neck
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Muscle spasms
- Pins and needles sensation
- Trouble focusing
Untreated whiplash and other car accident injuries can lead to long-term problems so seeking treatment is important. In many cases, spinal manipulation techniques are used to realign the vertebrae along the spine, which can alleviate the neck pain and discomfort associated with whiplash. Gentle stretching, therapeutic massage, and special exercises are also helpful for strengthening the neck after whiplash.
Common car accident injuries such as whiplash can cause long-term pain, discomfort, stiffness, and other problems if left untreated. Spinal manipulation and physical therapy techniques, can realign the spine and alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with whiplash and other injuries commonly sustained during a car accident. Call your doctor today for any questions!