What causes the pain from an accident?
Whiplash is caused by a sudden hyperflexion and hyperextension of the head and neck, that results in damage to the connective tissues in the neck and back and thus a restriction in the surrounding joints.
When muscle, tendon and ligament fibers are stressed past their physiological end range they can tear. These tears cause stiffness, reduced range of motion, inflammation, and pain.
Without proper treatment of these injuries, the fibers can heal with scar tissue build-up that restricts motion and can cause chronic pain. This damage can happen in the neck, mid back, low back, wrists, shoulders, or any joint that is stressed during the impact of a collision.
Many studies have shown that years after whiplash victims settle their insurance claims, roughly half of them still suffer with symptoms from their injuries as they did not receive the proper treatment.
Don’t be afraid to get treatment, it is not the same as suing someone.
When should you get an evaluation?
Even if there was only minor damage to your car, you may still have injuries. There are many other factors that contribute to the injury and pain sustained with any physical trauma. Most people assume that whiplash injuries only occur during high-speed collisions, however even impacts at 2-5 miles per hour can cause damage to soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, or discs).
Many people don't seek treatment following a car accident because they don't have any initial pain or they are just a little sore. However, symptoms from any physical trauma can often take days or weeks to manifest into pain. This is why you should always visit a chiropractor for an evaluation; even if you are not in immediate pain.
Even if you went to the ER and they said nothing was wrong, you should still get evaluated by a chiropractor as they specialize in soft tissue injuries. The ER is concerned with fractures, dislocations and more serious bodily injuries that they treat. They normally prescribe anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, and pain medication, which may help, but often don’t resolve the pain and they certainly don’t help in the actual healing process.
Why should you get treated?
Auto accident injuries are one of the leading causes of neck and back pain. These types of injuries must be treated properly, or they can lead to chronic pain and joint dysfunction. Chiropractic treatment can help relieve many of the following symptoms:
If you have questions or are experiencing any of these symptoms, call us today for a free consultation or to schedule an appointment.