Auto Injury Information

If you’ve been in a car accident, you probably aren’t surprised to wake up stiff and sore the next day. You know that your body has been jolted around hard. Pain in your back and neck is particularly common; and as long as the pain resolves, you might not even think about it again. If the pain persists, however, you start looking for ways to combat it fast. In reality, that desire to seek treatment should probably be your first line of defense following a car accident, rather than a last resort when you aren’t sure you can handle it anymore.

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. Often, people assume that you should just “wait it out” and hope that the pain gets better. “Six to twelve weeks,” they insist, “and you’ll be as good as new. It’s just strained muscles, that’s all.” However, if you’re waiting for six to twelve weeks to get treatment, you’re waiting too long! Visiting a chiropractor shortly after a car accident is the best way to get your body back in alignment and everything working the way it should be again. Not only that, waiting for too long can allow long-term issues to set in as injuries drag your body down.

Following a car accident, whiplash symptoms are common and often lasting. Your neck experiences an extraordinary amount of force during a car accident. It’s been snapped around by the force of the impact, jolted by the collision, and all of that has been made worse by the fact that you were probably tense when it happened. With all of those things combined, it’s little wonder that you’re still experiencing symptoms well after the accident! 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)
  • Stiffness
  • Soreness that occurs in the neck or shoulders
  • Difficulty concentrating on normal tasks
  • Difficulty moving normally and freely
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness

If you visit a doctor to let them know that you’re experiencing symptoms of whiplash, they might want to immobilize your neck to allow healing. Unfortunately, this also decreases blood flow to the area and limits 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.

The other most common site of pain following a car accident is the 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 have occurred as a result of an injury.

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 longer–and that’s never something to complain about.

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.

If you’ve been in a car accident, don’t wait until you’re desperate or sure that you’re experiencing a chronic problem to seek treatment. Instead, seek out reliable chiropractic care early to give your body the best chance to heal completely.

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 $5000.00 to use towards treatment for any injuries associated with the collision REGARDLESS of fault.
  9. Statistics show the longer you wait for treatment after you have been injured, the longer it takes to heal and usually requires more treatments.
  10. Most injuries respond well to proper treatments and do not take a long time for proper healing.