On an average, there are more than 6 million car accidents on the roads of the US, annually. More than 3 million people get injured due to car accidents, with more than 1.5 million of these injuries being permanent.
Injuries resulting from car accident often go undiagnosed and untreated. Often times the pain and other symptoms of the injury are not immediately experienced at the time of the accident. These hidden injuries may be missed by emergency room physicians, as they may take weeks, months or possibly years before expressing themselves.
Whiplash is most commonly received from riding in an automobile that is struck from behind, or collides with another vehicle. When the head is suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its normal limits, the muscles and ligaments supporting the spine can be over-stretched. Common symptoms associated with whiplash injuries include: neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, jaw pain, anxiety, fatigue, upper back pain, and/or lower back pain.
Thousands of Americans suffer from episodes of acute or persistent neck pain each year from auto accidents. Problems in the cervical spine, the first seven bones (vertebrae) in the neck, require assessment and treatment to prevent further, more permanent, damage. Chiropractic treatment have had much success at restoring normal movement of spinal joints, relaxing tight muscles, and facilitating the healing of tendons and ligaments.
After the initial phase of care designed to reduce inflammation and muscle spasms. It is essential to restore movement in order to prevent long term consequences of spinal injury such as arthritis, degenerative disc disease, disc herniations and pinched nerves. Homecare is a very important aspect of treatment for whiplash injuries as well. Continued range of motion exercises at home will help restore flexibility to the spine.
If you have been in an automobile accident, it’s a good idea to see a chiropractic doctor such as Michael Pritsker, DC as soon as possible once you realize you’ve been injured. The faster you get treatment, usually the better your results. Chiropractic care has helped patients recover faster and prevents ongoing residual pain from automobile accidents. The effects of such injuries can last a lifetime and should not be ignored.