Car Accident Chiropractic Treatment
A car accident can change the lives of many people in just a few seconds. But far beyond the instant damage that the accident causes, the impact of a car crash can cause long-lasting effects that begin as subtle and can complicate over time.
It’s important to visit a Coral Springs Car Accident Chiropractor as soon as possible following a car accident to ensure we treat your injury early so it doesn’t develop into something more serious. You may feel fine at the time of the crash, and begin to have symptoms like numb or tingling extremities long after the accident that can be attributed to the car crash.
Injuries caused by car accident can be very devastating. Some are lucky enough to only suffer mild injuries and survive the traumatic experience without a single bruise. However, only a few surpass accident without pain whether it is in the neck, shoulders, back and lower extremities. After an automobile accident, it’s wise to seek help from a professional Coral Springs car accident chiropractor.
Most of the trauma that is experienced during a car accident is lumped under the category of soft tissue damage. This can be hard to diagnose at the site of a car accident, as the damage is often discovered much later once the swelling and other secondary issues related to the injury reach their peak.
There are many things that can be described as soft tissue damage. Here are some of the most common:
- Whiplash: This is by far one of the most common and most serious examples of soft tissue damage. Whiplash is the injury of the spinal column caused by a severe jerk of the head. The largest danger with whiplash comes when the swelling around the site of the injury begins to pinch the spinal column, causing a number of different nerve issues.
- Disc compression: This is what it sounds like. The vertebral discs are compressed together due to either microfracturing or a compression of the cartilage in between the vertebrae.
- Sciatica: The nerve issues involved with sciatica come from swelling or misalignment of the lower back, which creates reduced nerve function along the sciatic nerve. Shooting pains and numbness down one leg or the other are common signs of sciatica.
What are the symptoms that may be experienced after a car accident?
Many car accident injuries are not visible such as tears in the soft tissues, ligaments, and muscles. Also, the symptoms may appear days after the accident. However, it is crucial for an individual who had been into a car accident to have himself checked by a professional car accident chiropractor Coral Springs following the accident.
There are a number of different symptoms that can be experienced after an accident that are signs of long-term damage. According to the Mayo Clinic, the symptoms are extensive and diverse. These include:
- Neck pain and stiffness that worsens with movement
- Loss of neck range of motion
- Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull
- Tenderness or pain in shoulder
- Pain in upper back or arms
- Tingling or numbness in the arms
- Fatigue and/or dizziness
There are a number of other symptoms that are not directly related to the site of injury. These include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sleep disturbances
- Memory problems
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
Whiplash & Spinal Injuries: The Long Term Effects if Left Untreated
If left untreated, there are a lot of different problems you can have. Swelling and pinching nerves can create loss of nerve function in extremities and permanent pain associated with motion. Your body might also try and move differently to compensate for different kinds of pain, which can cause a buildup of soft fascia tissue. This can result in repetitive motions in bad positions, and create long lasting damage as you use your muscles inefficiently.
Why is chiropractic care after a car accident injury a smart decision?
Chiropractic care is the perfect solution to help you begin to understand why you hurt so much after your car accident. A chiropractor will begin by analyzing your posture both inside and out. They will watch the way you stand, walk and turn your head, and will take x-rays of your spine. These x-rays will show where there are issues in spinal alignment that are due to long-term issues. You will be surprised at how well they are able to recognize long-term posture changes that came from a car accident. They can often recognize these issues year after a car accident has occurred, though we don’t recommend you wait that long.
Unlike traditional doctors that focus on a single issue to cure them, chiropractors understand that every change in the body can be reflected throughout every part of the body. Thus, if you are having troubles with pain in the arch of the foot, we may find the solution in your spine. We wouldn’t look at your foot and give up, but chiropractors consider the way in which you are using your body, and as they work to bring you to the most efficient position for your back, they can often resolve aches and pains nowhere near that area. This whole-body or holistic approach can often have you sleeping better and relieving your anxiety as you find real and lasting solutions to aches and pains, even when they have been plaguing you for many years.
The best part of going to a Coral Springs chiropractor after an accident is that it can also bring relief to aches and pains that didn’t come from the accident at the same time. Unlike a surgery that only works on a single item in your body, chiropractic care can increase your overall wellness, and create a new, more mobile version of you that is pain-free and active.
Are you ready to begin getting relief? Call us to start your journey to recovery.