At Dr. Phillips Chiropractic office, we hope you never have to experience the trauma of a car accident. But if you are in an accident, there are some important things you should know to protect your health and that of your passengers. First, the severity of the collision doesn’t always dictate the severity of an injury. Even minor mishaps can result in major injuries that require long-term care. For that reason, you should always seek medical care following an auto accident, even if you don’t immediately feel like you’re hurt. Some injuries, like whiplash, may not be noticeable for days or even weeks after the incident.
Common Car Accident Injuries
It’s important to know the most common car accident injuries so that you be aware of symptoms in yourself or a loved one. Everyday discomforts like a headache or an unexplained bruise may be coincidental, but they might also indicate a more serious injury.
Sprains, strains, fractures and injury to the discs are the result of impact on the spine. The most critical injuries are usually obvious right away, but misalignment in the spine or injury to surrounding soft tissues may not be noticed until the pain gets more severe.
Brain and Head Injuries
Anytime the brain is jostled or shaken inside the head, there is a possibility of bruising, concussion or even traumatic brain injury. Brain injury can be present even when there are no cuts of bruises in the head or face.
Shattered glass, the airbag, the steering wheel or any loose objects flying around at the moment of impact are potential hazards during an auto accident. Lacerations, bruises, scrapes, fractures and injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) are possible.
The most common neck injury received during an auto accident is whiplash. When sudden impact causes the weight of the head to “whip” back and forth, it can cause damage to the delicate soft tissues and intricate vertebrae that make up the cervical spine. Cervical radiculopathy and disc injury may also occur.
Being involved in an auto accident can be emotionally traumatic, especially in severe cases where loss of life or life-altering injury has occurred. Many psychological injuries are short-term, but some survivors develop a condition similar to post traumatic stress disorder.
How We Can Help
Chiropractic care can alleviate pain and speed recovery of common auto accident injuries. Not only does chiropractic care directly improve injuries to the musculoskeletal system, maintaining proper spinal health supports the body’s natural immune system and aids its ability to heal. In order to best treat your specific injury, our doctor will create a specialized treatment plan that may include:
- Spinal decompression
- Massage therapy
- Pain management
- Cold laser therapy
Call (210) 545-1144 and make an appointment to receive a thorough screening.