What type of injuries occur after a car accident?
Acute injuries are those that result from a car accident, characterized by sudden and immediate occurrence. On the other hand, chronic injuries stem from the overuse or repetitive strain on a specific part of the body over an extended period.
Car accident injuries can include, but are not limited to:
Bruising or Hematoma
Sprains and Strains
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Should I see a chiropractor after a car accident?
Yes, you should see a doctor and a chiropractor after a car accident injury. If there are broken bones, lacerations, or traumatic brain injuries those need to be evaluated by a doctor first. Car accident chiropractic care includes assisting with soft-tissue injuries, sprains and strains, and in some cases traumatic brain injuries and concussions.
How soon should I see a doctor?
It’s crucial to see a doctor as soon as possible after a car accident because oftentimes when someone is in an accident they are in shock and can’t perceive the pain from their injuries. Doctor’s can provide X-rays, MRIs, and refer you to the right long-term rehabilitative care which includes chiropractic care and physical therapy. Even if you think you’re not injured, it’s important to get evaluated by a professional within 72 hours of the car accident. If you plan to pursue a personal injury lawsuit, seek medical attention right away so the insurance company cannot minimize the impact of the injury.
Does my car insurance cover chiropractic care?
Your car insurance may cover chiropractic care if you have Medpay. Medpay is supplemental to your health insurance and can cover your upfront costs at Back Health Inner Radiance.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a type of neck injury that occurs when the head is suddenly and forcefully jolted backward and then forward, mimicking the movement of a cracking whip. It is most commonly associated with car accidents, particularly rear-end collisions, but can also result from sports injuries, physical assault, or any other event that causes a rapid acceleration-deceleration force to the neck.
The sudden and intense motion of the head in a whiplash injury can cause damage to the soft tissues in the neck, including muscles, ligaments, tendons, and intervertebral discs. The severity of whiplash can vary widely, ranging from mild discomfort and stiffness to more severe symptoms, including:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Headaches, often starting at the base of the skull
- Reduced range of motion in the neck
- Pain and tenderness in the shoulders, upper back, and arms
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty concentrating or memory problems
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
How do we diagnose whiplash injuries?
During your visit after a car accident, a comprehensive evaluation of your spine will be conducted, even if you’re primarily experiencing neck pain. It’s important to assess the entire spine because the impact from the accident can affect other regions,even if the pain is localized to your neck. Dr. G will specifically diagnose whiplash injuries by identifying areas with restricted joint motion, muscle spasms, intervertebral disc injuries, and ligament damage.
What are the symptoms of a back injury after a car accident?
Discomfort when walking and standing
Tingling or Numbness
How do I know if I have a herniated disc after a car accident?
Pain – The pain can be localized to the spot of herniation or radiate along the path of the nerve. For example, herniation in the lower back may radiate to the buttocks, thighs, or lower legs.
Numbness or Tingling – Herniated discs can lead to compressed nerves that can create a “pins and needles” sensation. This sensation can follow the path of the compressed nerve.
Muscle Weakness – Due to the pressure on your nerves, a squeezed disc can weaken muscles. For example if herniation is affecting your leg muscles, you may have difficulties lifting your foot or moving your leg.
Changes in Reflexes – You may notice diminished or exaggerated reflexes.
Pain aggravated by movement – Movements such as bending, twisting, coughing, and sneezing can exacerbate the pain from a herniated disc.
Car accidents can lead to a variety of acute injuries including Whiplash, muscle sprains, and concussions. It is essential to seek prompt medical attention after a car accident, as some injuries may not be immediately apparent due to shock. Seeing a doctor and chiropractor can help diagnose and treat car accident-related injuries, ensuring timely and appropriate care for a full recovery.
Back Health and Inner Radiance offers car accident chiropractic care, providing a holistic and non-invasive approach to pain management and long-term rehabilitation. Techniques like instrument-assisted adjustments, balance recovery, laser therapy, massage therapy, and manual adjustments are employed to address not just the symptoms but also the root cause of the problem.
Seeking chiropractic care at Back Health and Inner Radiance after a car accident can aid in the proper diagnosis and treatment of whiplash and other related injuries, supporting your recovery and overall well-being.