If you’ve ever been on the road during peak hour, or even listened to the radio, you will be well aware that car accidents happen every single day. Whether you’re involved in a multi car pile up or a simple fender bender, your body will absorb the impact of the crash which can cause pain and injuries.
Even if you feel completely unaffected by a car accident you should book an appointment with your chiropractor as soon as possible. This is because some injuries may not be apparent straight after the accident. However, symptoms and pain may present itself hours or even days after the accident occurred, and ignoring these symptoms could lead to chronic pain.
If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident, don’t wait until you’re in pain before seeking treatment, book an appointment today with Back To Front Chiropractic. Our chiropractors can perform a thorough assessment of your health to identify potential injuries and, if an injury has occurred, create a treatment plan for you before your condition worsens.
Common Injuries Caused By Minor Car Accidents
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries caused by minor car accidents. Whiplash is an injury that is occurs when the neck is moved rapidly, and unexpectedly, beyond its normal range of motion one way, and then in the opposite direction. This often happens in a rear end collision where you don’t see the impact coming. Even if your neck feels fine after a crash, you may still have whiplash as symptoms can take hours to manifest.
Symptoms of whiplash may include, neck pain, stiffness or tightness, decreased range of motion, dizziness, and headaches.
Sprain or Strained Neck
Another common injury caused by minor car accidents is a sprained or strained neck. This can cause pain in the neck, shoulders, and back, as well as a reduced range of motion. It is common to strain your muscles in a car accident as, when you can see a car accident about to happen, your body will instinctively tense your muscles in anticipation causing strain to your muscles.
Similarly to the symptoms of whiplash, you may not notice that you have strained or sprained your neck until you wake up the next day in pain.
Chiropractic Care For Whiplash And Neck Pain
If you’re in pain after a car accident your first thought may be to take some painkillers. However, pain relief medication will only mask the symptoms and the problem will likely still be there when they wear off.
Chiropractic care for whiplash and neck pain aims to relieve pain and promote healing. Your chiropractor will perform a thorough assessment to identify the source of the pain and address the underlying cause. Through a series of non-invasive spinal manipulations, suggested exercises, and lifestyle changes, your chiropractic treatment plan will help to assist the body in beginning the natural healing process.