Injured in an Auto Accident?
Thousands of people in Clive, IA experience whiplash injuries each year. Most accidents are rear end collisions and can vary in severity. Quite a few of the patients that have had a rear end collision don’t even realize that they received injuries until weeks or months after the impact. Their medical doctors do not always acknowledge injuries that occur at lower speeds, but research today says differently. If you have been injured in an accident this article from Full Circle Wellness Center will help you understand the options that you have.
To have success with a whiplash injury it’s important to work with a provider that understands the problem. Chiropractors are trained for these types of injuries, so if you have recently been injured it’s important to get your spine checked as soon as possible. The sooner that you start care the less chance you have of developing long term problems.
When Should Start Care for a Whiplash Injury?
Whiplash injuries are a serious matter. The results are devastating when an injury of this caliber is left untreated. What’s unfortunate, is that most people don’t even realize their injured until long after the accident. The problems have usually escalated significantly by the time they realize they need help..
Injuries are more significant when your headrest is positioned too low. If your headrest is positioned too low it can act as an acceleration point when you are hit from behind. A 5 mph impact can result in your head whipping back at a much higer rate of speed causing greater injury.
Statistically significant improvement was noted for 93% of the 28 patients studied in the Woodward study while under chiropractic care. In the research study chiropractic care consisted of spinal manipulation, PNF, and cryotherapy. Many of the patients were treated prior to the study with NSAIDS, soft colors and physiotherapy.
Chiropractic care is an effective modality for patients that have been injured in motor vehicle accidents. The study mentioned earlier was able to clearly document the success and experience most chiropractors see in clinical practice. Symptoms ranging from headaches to neck pain, back pain, inter-scapular pain and related extremity pain with numbness and tingling often respond very well to chiropractic care.
Doctor Robert Adams at Full Circle Wellness Center has experience helping individuals suffering from symptoms of a whiplash injury. Call today to see if chiropractic care can help you.
Treatment Can Relieve Whiplash Symptoms Following A Car Accident
Q: I was in a car accident a few weeks ago and my neck really hurts. Is there anything I can do to stop taking pain pills? I don’t want to have surgery. What can I do?
A: Any forceful accident can stretch and tear ligaments, muscles or nerves in your body. Whiplash injuries cause a unique problem in that the injury may not create any symptoms for days or weeks following the accident.
In a “whiplash” accident, even a slight jolting incident can result in problems later on. The reason is because so many vital nerves, muscles and blood vessels are located in the neck.
It is important to note that almost every person involved in an auto accident suffers a whiplash injury to some degree. The whipping action of the neck can be up to five times more forceful than the accident itself. Just consider this, if there is enough force in the accident to wrinkle metal, there is enough to tear ligaments and muscle, as well as cause the bones of the spine to become misaligned.
It is common not to have any discomfort immediately following an auto accident. When the bones of the spine become misaligned from the accident, it may take time before the irritation to the nerves becomes severe enough to produce symptoms associated with whiplash injuries.
These symptoms of whiplash include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, shoulder pain, arm and hand pain or numbness, upper back pain, chest pain, lower back pain, dizziness and blurred vision. If you are suffering from these symptoms following any type of auto accident, you are suffering from a whiplash injury. For these reasons, it is important to be examined immediately following any accident, no matter how slight.
Chiropractic care not only offers care for aching backs and necks, but it also offers a non-medication approach to the successful treatment of whiplash injuries. The reason chiropractic is so successful in the treatment of whiplash injuries comes from treating the cause of the symptoms.
One of the major causes of whiplash injuries is irritation of the nerves that exit the spinal column in the neck and upper back. The bones of the spine have joints between them, and these joints move similar to your elbow or wrist joints.
In some cases, these joints can become misaligned, When these misalignments occur, increased pressure is placed on the nerves that exit between the bones that have become misaligned, so wherever these nerves travel, pain will be felt along the pathway of the irritated nerve, thus causing the chronic symptoms.
Generally, these symptoms do not resolve on their own. They usually get worse with time. If you still need medication, pain pills, or multiple massages to relieve the symptoms of your whiplash injury, then you might want to reconsider your current treatment program. A chiropractic treatment program could help you.
The chiropractors at Full Circle Wellness Center specialize in manual manipulation of the spine, focusing on the joints that have become misaligned. When these misalignments are corrected through spinal adjustments, the pressure that was once causing the neck and upper back nerves to be irritated, and ultimately creating the symptoms, is resolved.
Spinal adjustments allow the spinal bones to move more freely without putting pressure on the delicate nerves so that you can enjoy the activities you want without the pain.
If medication and past treatments haven’t produced the results you want, please call Full Circle Wellness Center. They have helped many patients become pain free and more active through Chiropractic care – without drugs or surgery, and without downtime.
Call now for your initial exam.
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