Car Accident / Whiplash
CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES
We see a lot of patients who experience car accident injury and are looking for chiropractic treatment. Car accidents are the leading cause of whiplash in the United States.
Whiplash syndrome is a neck injury that occurs when the head suddenly moves backward and then forward. It is also known as a cervical sprain/strain and is a common car accident injury.
Most accident victims with whiplash can get better within weeks with proper early intervention and treatment. However, the pain can become chronic and limit your life if the injury was serious and neglected.
SYMPTOMS OF CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES
The first whiplash symptoms are typically neck pain or neck stiffness that extends to the neck’s back. This pain usually appears 24-48 hours after the auto accident.
Other common symptoms are:
- Neck pain and stiffness that worsens with neck movement.
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Headaches most often starting at the base of the skull
- Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back, or arms
- Tingling or numbness in the arms, fatigue, dizziness
OTHER SYMPTOMS ALTHOUGH LESS FREQUENT INCLUDE
These symptoms may be due to the impact of a traumatic brain injury following an accident.
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Sleep disturbances
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
CAUSES OF AUTO ACCIDENTS INJURY / WHIPLASH
There are many reasons why car accidents happen. Common causes reported in Murfreesboro are:
- Alcohol and drug consumption
- Careless driving
- Bad weather and rain
- Fatigue and Numbness
- Car defects such as a flat tire or brake failure
Besides car crashes, extreme sports like boxing, fights and violence, abuse, or physical assault can also cause whiplash.
LONG-TERM PROBLEMS THAT CAN HAPPEN DUE TO IGNORING CAR ACCIDENT INJURY
The consequences of whiplash after a car accident will depend on many variables. It depends on the nature of the impact and how soon you seek medical treatment from a chiropractor after a car accident injury.
Most people recover within a few months if they consult a chiropractor. Consequences of ignoring whiplash are:
- Muscle contractures
- Decreased mobility of the spine
- Back pain
- Degenerative joint disease
- Neurological disorders like tension headache or migraines
CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR WHIPLASH
Self-care at home can help in the first few days to reduce inflammation and provide pain relief. It can include applying ice packs and gentle exercises.
Even pain medications like analgesics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, and narcotics help provide pain relief.
Chiropractic techniques, however, offer a more permanent cure. Chiropractors treat whiplash injury and pain through a treatment plan of a massage, physical therapy, and chiropractic adjustments. X-rays may be taken to assess and diagnose the condition for the right treatment plan.
- Chiropractic treatment techniques
- Stretching, physical therapy, and massage
Chiropractic techniques work successfully in the healing process of whiplash. The sooner it starts, the better.
Chiropractic is an effective treatment for injuries from car accidents that bring healing to the cervical spine. It does so through spinal adjustments by applying light force to specific points of injury, decreasing inflammation, increasing range of motion restoring the brain body communication. Car accident chiropractors may also use stretching, physical therapy and massage to treat the condition.
DOES MEDICAL INSURANCE COVER TREATMENT FOR AUTO ACCIDENTS INJURY / WHIPLASH?
Most health and auto insurance plans cover treatment expenses for auto accidents in Murfreesboro. It can vary between different insurance policies or insurance companies. Our office will assist you in contacting your insurance company to find out about your medical care coverage.
HOW REVOLUTION HEALTH CENTER CAN HELP WITH AUTO ACCIDENT INJURIES / WHIPLASH TREATMENT
Many whiplash patients have a slow recovery because they do not start treatment early. Starting treatment immediately helps most people recover quickly in the first few months. Whiplash injuries not only hurt the neck but can also have consequences for the rest of the body, such as walking problems or arms weakness since major nerves pass through the cervical spine.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT Auto Accident injuries
Many people suffer from whiplash or car injuries in Murfreesboro. Chiropractors can treat these conditions. The efficacy of chiropractic science is based on adjusting the spinal joints. The sooner you contact a whiplash chiropractor, the more beneficial the results will be. Besides, it is a safe, non-invasive, and very effective procedure. Avoid chronic pain and call now.
Recovery time varies according to the severity of the whiplash injury. Typically, a person who has suffered whiplash should recover in one and three months. Sometimes there are extenuating circumstances.
The best treatment is to see a car accident chiropractor immediately. Cervical whiplash treatment includes heat and cold therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and massage.
Of course, you can heal from it, recovery depends on the seriousness of your whiplash. Some people may get better after a few weeks while others may get better after a few months. Each person is different.
There is no magic formula for a quick recovery from whiplash in Murfreesboro, but following these tips on treatment can help:
- Apply cold and then heat to the cervical spine where it hurts for 15 min 3 times a day.
- When necessary consider taking over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
- Gently massage the area where it hurts.
While feeling pain in your neck, start therapy with cold and then heat, if necessary take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, make gentle neck movements every hour.
There are many, and they can go from minor bumps on impact to death. The side effects can be physical (injuries, bruises, wounds, contusions) or psychological (emotional trauma).
Many people deal with soreness for eight weeks or more after an auto accident. Ailments include bruises, stiffness, joint pain and headache. More serious injuries include damage to major organs or neck fractures. Injuries can also be emotional, and getting psychological and emotional help can be a big step in recovery.
Throwing up after a car accident is a sign of a concussion. Even the simplest collisions can cause you to vomit, or nerves and adrenaline of the moment often lead to vomiting.
It depends on the type and grade of the injury. The mildest injuries are grade 1 and can be recovered in a few weeks, while grade 2 or 3 injuries may take longer, from 4 weeks to several months. Consult a physician if you suspect soft tissue injury.
A person can get a concussion from even a minor accident. Both the driver and the passenger can get concussions. Consult a car accident chiropractor immediately if you have been in a car accident. Traumatic brain injuries not promptly treated can leave permanent consequences such as loss of cognitive function or disability.
Of course, a car accident is a traumatic process for everyone, and any trauma leaves us with emotional distress as a result. The key is to know how to recognize it and receive psychological help for it.
The less frequent whiplash symptoms are tinnitus, dizziness, loss of vision or feeling sensation and walking problems.
The problems resulting from ignoring whiplash are increased risk of degenerative joint disease, chronic pain, and neurological complications such as loss of feeling sensation, numbness, tingling, paresthesias, or paresis.