Auto Injury Information

If you’ve been in a car accident, you probably aren’t surprised to stiff and sore the few days. Pain in your back and neck is common. If the pain continues, you try and find relief. Seeking treatment should be one of your first lines of defense following a car accident, rather than a last resort when you aren’t able to bear the pain and discomfort any longer.

One of the best ways to combat the pain of an auto accident is through chiropractic treatment, and the sooner you can get that treatment after an accident, the better off you’ll be. Sometimes people make an assumption that you should just “wait it out” and hope that the pain resolves itself.  Waiting too long can allow long-term issues to set in as injuries affect your body’s movement and everyday use.

After a car accident, whiplash symptoms are common and often lasting. Your neck can experience an extraordinary amount of force during a car accident. It’s been bounced around by the force of the collision. It could have been made worse if your natural reaction was to tense up as you see the impact coming.

The lasting symptoms of whiplash can include:

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Regular, recurring headaches at the base of the skull (particularly in individuals not normally prone to headaches)
  • Stiff muscles
  • Soreness that occurs in the neck or shoulders
  • Difficulty concentrating on normal tasks
  • Difficulty moving normally and freely
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Reduced movement to neck and back

If you visit your medical doctor and let them know that you’re experiencing symptoms of whiplash, they might want to immobilize your neck to allow for healing. Unfortunately, can limit overall mobility more than it was already, exacerbating symptoms of stiffness and soreness. Chiropractic care, on the other hand, gently restores mobility to the area, realigning the neck and allowing you to move freely again.

Another common area of pain following a car accident is your back. While your seat belt may well have saved your life, it also forced your pelvis to remain immobile throughout the accident, which likely twisted your spine out of its proper alignment. Chiropractic care can restore normal alignment and reduce back pain and sciatic pain that may have occurred as a result of the impact.

Keep in mind that the amount of damage to the vehicles involved in the accident is not an effective measure of how badly the passengers in the car were injured. Many vehicles today were built to withstand enormous amounts of force, but the human body still doesn’t have that extra layer of protection. If you’re suffering pain following a car accident, react accordingly. Instead of “waiting it out” or assuming that it’s mostly in your head, seek chiropractic treatment as soon as possible to help restore your body to its natural state. By pursuing chiropractic treatment, you can help your body heal itself. On the other hand, if you wait too long, the end result of the car accident could be chronic pain and other conditions. Not only that, chiropractic treatments may alleviate pain quickly, rather than allowing it to linger.

Also, be aware that you may not experience pain immediately following a car accident. In some cases, it may take days or even weeks before the full effects of the accident show up in your body. Sometimes, that’s because a greater injury has taken up more of your attention, making you miss the other symptoms. Other times, it’s simply because the misalignment of your body builds over time until it reaches a threshold that causes pain. If you do start to experience pain symptoms in the days and weeks following a car accident, seek chiropractic help to restore normal function to your body as soon as possible.

Why Should I Get Examined at Scott Chiropractic

There are many reasons why you should get examined following a motor vehicle accident. Here are some of the most important:

  1. You may be injured and not know it.
  2. The full extent of any injuries, such as whiplash, may not show any symptoms for hours, days or even weeks.
  3. Medical professionals all agree that the first 72 hours after a collision are the most critical for assessment and a time when starting treatment can be the most effective.
  4. The majority of injuries from auto collisions occur at low to medium speeds…10-25 mph.
  5. Your vehicle might not show extensive damage, but that doesn’t mean that bodily injuries did not occur.
  6. Soft -tissue injuries can be permanent if not initially treated or treated properly. This scar tissue formation, if left untreated, make people less flexible and prone to re- injury in the future.
  7. Getting prompt evaluations and treatment preserves your legal rights. Waiting for long periods after a collision may result in getting benefits limited or even denied.
  8. All Colorado drivers, unless you specifically opted out of medical payment through your agent, have $5,000.00 to use towards treatment for any injuries associated with the collision REGARDLESS of fault.
  9. Most injuries respond well to proper treatments and do not take a long time for proper healing.