Automobile accidents can be terrifying and very stressful. While a majority of people survive auto accidents, they may have to deal with physical injury, along with the stress that follows an accident. Visiting your chiropractor is one of the first things that you should do.
A chiropractor is a healthcare professional who specializes in automobile accident related injuries. They have extensive experience with automobile and soft tissue injuries.
One commonality we have found with people who have been in automobile accidents, is that the symptoms and pain may not be immediate. In some cases, you may not feel any pain until days or weeks after the accident. For this reason, after a car accident it is imperative that you are examined by a Chiropractor as soon as possible. If you wait too long, you may end up with a more severe injury and more pain.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries from a car accident. Many people think that whiplash only occurs when the accidents happen at high speeds, but this is a common misconception. Whiplash can happen when you get hit from behind when you are stopped and there is no real damage to either vehicle. Whiplash is a term used when an unexpected motion or force affects your neck causing neck sprain or strain; normally it is the backward and/or forward jerking of the head. Whiplash damage can occur to the intervertebral joints (located between the vertebra), discs, ligaments, cervical muscles and nerve roots.
Symptoms that can be associated with whiplash are neck pain and stiffness, headaches, shoulder pain, low back pain, pain or numbness in the arm and/or hand, dizziness, blurred vision, difficulty concentrating, interrupted sleep, fatigue, or irritability.
A chiropractor will evaluate and diagnose your injuries, treating with the appropriate therapies, adjustements and exercises for your neck and spine. The goal is to help alleviate the pain and to get you back to where you were before the accident or injury.
If you do not get treated, you may be subjecting yourself to other serious health issues. It’s important to note that your spinal cord and brain form your central nervous system. This system controls everything you do. For example: walking, talking, breathing, digesting food, along with being involved in your ability to see, hear, touch, taste and smell. It also is involved with your emotions, thoughts and memory. Your spine, which is made up of vertebrae, protects your spinal cord. So if your spine is not aligned properly, after time you can experience other health issues.
In some cases, waiting too long to be evaluated and treated cannot only be detrimental to your health, but your wallet too. There are time limits in some states as to how long you can wait to make a claim. If you wait to long, the insurance company may not cover your expenses for health care. In conclusion, make sure you seek medical attention as soon as possible to get evaluated and start treatment.