Spinal injuries are common with car accidents because the body absorbs part of the impact and is not strong enough to withstand it. The spine is usually abruptly jerked, resulting in spinal injury.
Your back may not be broken, but there are several spinal injuries and conditions that can develop from auto accidents. It’s important to treat them as soon as possible. Learn more about the top three injuries that occur in car accidents and how a chiropractor can treat them.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that results from a car accident. This injury is caused by an abrupt forward or backward movement of the head. The cervical muscles, intervertebral joints, nerve roots, ligaments, and discs can become damaged from whiplash.
Whiplash is possible in almost all auto accidents, because it only takes a 2.5 mph change in speed to jerk the neck too far. A car accident chiropractor helps heal whiplash by restoring full range of motion and aligning the spine. Failure to align your spine and improve range of motion before the tissue heals causes more problems.
A pinched nerve is increased pressure on a nerve that causes pain, tingling, or numbness. Nerves anywhere in the body can become pinched. From car accidents, it’s most often the spine where pinched nerves occur. A pinched nerve can also develop alongside whiplash and other spinal injuries.
Chiropractors usually treat pinched nerves through manual spinal adjustments. Spinal adjustments relaxes nerve endings and encourages them to return to their correct positions.
Herniated discs can result from damage and trauma to the spinal cord. A herniated disc applies pressure to spinal cord nerves. The jelly-like inner of the disc leaks out as well. This sounds like a painful condition but some people don’t experience any pain or symptoms when they have a herniated disc. Others may feel pain, weakness, or numbness.
A car accident chiropractor treats herniated discs via spinal manipulation, therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, flexion-distraction, and pelvic blocking. Which techniques the chiropractor uses varies from individual to individual.
Car accidents often cause problems with the spine, so it’s important to see a chiropractor regardless of how well you feel. Not all spinal injuries cause pain or discomfort. However, leaving problems untreated can cause bigger issues later on. Herniated discs, for example, is a spinal injury you don’t want to ignore. Whiplash can be very debilitating when it’s not treated immediately as well. A chiropractor can treat spinal injuries in a pain-free, medicine-free way to prevent further complications in the future.