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Auto Injury & Whiplash

Auto Injury & Whiplash

After an auto injury, going to see your chiropractor is probably the last thing on your mind. But visiting your chiropractor’s office as soon as possible after an auto injury can be crucial to ensuring you heal properly, and even just one visit can help prevent the development of chronic spinal problems down the road. During a car crash, your body is subjected to extreme stress, both physically and emotionally. While you may have just been in a fender bender, your body may still feel like you went through a small war. It is incredibly crucial to make sure to make an appointment with your chiropractor in the even of an auto injury, as many times your body will be unable to properly heal if it is out of alignment. Your chiropractor may be able to find hidden injuries that require additional treatment after your accident and can prevent long-term pain and discomfort caused by the stress of auto accidents.

Due to the rapid deceleration caused in many car crashes, your body suffers the full impact of these potentially hazardous forces all at once. This can cause spinal issues and lead to chronic back and neck pain, especially in the case of whiplash.

Whiplash is the term used when your neck is put through extreme backward and forwards motions in rapid succession. This is most commonly caused during rear endings but can happy during sports or other activities. Due to the quick motion of the spinal column, whiplash can cause permanent damage to the ligaments and muscles surrounding the cervical spine. Due to the delicate nature of this portion of the spinal column, whiplash injuries can have potentially serious consequences both in the short term and the long term.

Long-Term Effects of Whiplash

Whiplash can cause ear ringing, soreness, and difficulty turning your neck or head. It can also cause jaw pain, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, and nausea depending on the severity of the whiplash. In patients who have suffered whiplash before, there is an increased risk of neck or spinal injury as a result of repeated stress on the cervical spine. While many symptoms of whiplash will go away within a few days, severe symptoms may persist, such as dizziness, fainting, fatigue, and stiffness in the arms. These are a sign that you should contact your doctor for immediate treatment. Even in cases of minor whiplash, visiting your chiropractic office can help reduce or even remove these symptoms, and can help you feel at ease after your accident.

If left untreated, severe whiplash can develop into more severe spinal issues that can cause hospitalization. Minor whiplash, while not fatal, can still cause issues down the road, leading to neck and back pain as well as possible jaw and shoulder related issues. By seeking out treatment as soon as possible following an auto incident, you can help prevent more serious injuries and discomfort to yourself, as well as allow your body to heal back to its full potential.

If you have been in an auto accident, we understand that things can be stressful for you and your loved ones. If you have suffered an auto-related injury recently, or are looking to receive treatment for whiplash in the Emmet, Idaho area, contact our chiropractic office today. Here at Advanced Chiropractic, we are dedicated to helping your body do what it does best: help take care of you. By making sure your spine is properly aligned, we can help you get back on your feet in no time.

Source(s): https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/whiplash/symptoms-causes/syc-20378921 and https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/neck-strain-whiplash#1

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