Nearly 80% of US citizens say they have been plagued by lower back pain at some time in their lives. However, when considering bodily ailments caused after a car accident, lower back pain rarely springs to mind. When we think about car accidents, we consider injuries to the upper and middle back. Unfortunately, lower back pain after a car accident is an all-too-common occurrence. Even worse, it is often delayed, meaning the afflicted person may not notice it immediately following an accident. To help you recognize any ailments, here is a list explaining causes of lower back pain following a car accident.

  1. Whiplash

Many people fail to realize that whiplash has an effect on the entire spine, especially the lower back. Whiplash itself can be divided into four distinct phases. First, the middle of the back compresses against the seat, causing force to travel upwards as the head is forced backwards. Next, the torso moves forward while the head continues in a backwards movement. After this, the torso hits the seat while the head springs forward. Finally, the seatbelt stops the torso while the upper back, neck, and head still move forward; this is where brain injury and other traumatic injuries occur most often. Combined, the forced upward motion and erratic positioning of the lower back can result in lower back pain.

  1. Injured Discs

Disc injuries are an inherently broad category that usually involves direct damage to the disc or the intervertebral disc. If you experience a bulging disc, a herniation, or a slipping of the vertebrae located at the base of the spine (spondylolisthesis), odds are you will experience lower back pain.

  1. Spinal Fractures

If you are rear ended and experience lower back pain, especially when moving, the culprit could be a spinal fracture. If this pain occurs directly after an accident remain still and do not move, as doing so could result in further injury.

  1. Face Joints

Damage to the facet joints can impact the cervical and lumbar portions of the spine. Since your facet joints are responsible for preventing hyperextension, damaging them can result in sever middle and lower back pain.

If you or someone you know has been in an accident and you suspect that they may be experiencing lower back pain as a result, contact the professionals at Accident Care Chiropractic and Massage. Their holistic approach will put you on the path to recovery in no time.

Have you recently sustained injuries from a car accident? From fender benders to more severe crashes, the most common reasons patients seek chiropractic care is automobile accidents. Chiropractors are often able to successfully diagnose and alleviate current accident-related injuries and prevent any inevitable future aches and pains.

Common Injuries Associated with Auto Accidents

Even if you walk away feeling fine, chances are you may have sustained injuries that won’t show symptoms until many days later. The most common complaints related to car crashes are tight and sore muscles, neck and back pain, and headaches. Even worse, car accidents can cause or exacerbate preexisting conditions like herniated discs, pinched nerves, and sciatica in addition to broken bones or sprains.

When to Seek Treatment

It is best to contact a chiropractor as soon as possible after your accident to prevent anticipated pain and avoid compounding your symptoms. Whiplash is the most common injury sustained after a car accident. A debilitating neck pain, sometimes whiplash does not present symptoms until weeks after your accident.

Patients often hesitate to seek chiropractic care because of its holistic origins, but quickly restoring natural movement and reducing nerve compression can often accelerate the healing process before additional symptoms crop up. They will perform a musculoskeletal exam to identify any pain caused by inflammation, or the underlying cause of future swelling and pain.

What to Expect

A chiropractic exam may include x-rays, MRIs, or additional lab tests. In addition, the doctor will test your muscle tone and strength, range of motion, and neurological activity.

After a chiropractic consultation, a doctor will develop a personalized treatment plan that will include exercises, stretches, and lifestyle changes to help minimize issues and quicken your healing time. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may require a number of specialized treatments.

Types of Treatment

Patients who have found success with chiropractic care often choose it because of its simplicity and long-term outcomes. There are a number of ways to approach accident-related injuries and will depend greatly on your diagnosis. Successful treatments often include:

If you have recently experienced a car accident, or are ready to alleviate that old pain once and for all, get in touch with your nearest Accident Care Chiropractic & Massage office through our Contact page. We have six locations throughout the Portland Metro Area, allowing us to be here when you need us!

We all want to keep our kids as safe as possible, which is why we go to such great lengths to read labels and comparison shop to find the best products for our kids.  Unfortunately, we can’t always protect them from harm.  Even with a car that receives top safety ratings and a car seat designed to protect a child’s small body, a car accident can subject a child’s body to extreme forces, resulting in injury or even death.

The good news is, car seats are designed to provide extra protection thanks to 5-point harnesses, additional padding, and other safety precautions.  Even older kids can benefit from belt positioning booster seats until they are large enough to use the seat belt normally.  According to Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS), such precautions can reduce the risk of injury by 58% in side impact crashes, which tend to be the most harmful to child passengers.

Still, the majority of crashes are front or rear end collisions.  Any time you’re in an accident, you need to understand how your children could be affected.  Here’s what can happen to a child’s body in an accident.

Impact

When an impact occurs, it subjects the driver and passengers to incredible forces that generally cause the body to whip back and forth or side to side, depending on where impact occurs.  For safety reasons, children are often placed in the second row of seats.

This, paired with the use of appropriate car seats or boosters can help to minimize harm to children, but they’re still going to experience at least some impact force, which will cause them to be thrust away from the impact site and then whipped back toward it.  Accidents can also result in broken glass and debris inside the car that can harm child passengers.

Injury

While adults most frequently suffer from injuries like whiplash, traumatic brain injury, and broken bones as a result of car accidents, the injuries most common to children can be a bit different.  Head injuries and concussions also frequently occur with child passengers, but children may also be more susceptible than adults to chest and back injuries, as well as organ damage.

As with adults, the harm done to children is not always clear in the immediate aftermath of an accident, which is why children involved in auto collisions should always be thoroughly examined by medical professionals as soon as possible to diagnose potential injuries and begin necessary treatment.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 6 million car accidents occur each year.  Of that number, about 40% are classified as rear end collisions.  Thanks to advanced safety features, many people walk away from fender benders and even more serious accidents completely unharmed.  However, it’s not uncommon for injuries to result from traffic collisions.

If you are rear ended, any number of injuries could result, but some are much more common than others.  When an accident happens and adrenaline is high, you might not notice aches and pains immediately, but when you are aware of what could occur, you may be more inclined to take inventory and seek medical attention.  Here are some of the most common injuries resulting from being rear ended.

Whiplash

When your car is rear ended, it can cause your head to snap back and forth in a violent motion, damaging the soft tissue of your neck.  This could leave you with symptoms ranging from mild soreness to serious pain and associated side effects like migraines.

The worst thing about whiplash is that it could take days or weeks to realize the full extent of your injury.  Whiplash is the injury most often associated with rear end collisions because victims generally don’t see the accident coming and are unable to brace for impact.

Concussion

Traumatic brain injuries are also common following rear end collisions, and concussions are perhaps the most frequent type.  The sudden snapping motion of the neck and/or a blow to the head could cause your brain to bounce or twist inside your skull.

This trauma can lead to swelling around the brain and symptoms like dizziness, headache, confusion, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and even amnesia.  Some people who experience concussions pass out (although some do not).  You may not realize you have a concussion right away, so it’s best to get checked out by a medical professional.

Broken Bones

When your body is thrust forward during a rear end collision, you could end up with broken bones from hitting the steering wheel, dashboard, or other surface of the car.  It’s not uncommon for broken bones to occur in the hands, feet, ribcage, spine, and skull.

Paralysis

Any rear end collision could result in injury, but at high rates of speed, the outcomes could be much worse.  When serious spinal injury occurs, the result could be some form of paralysis, either temporary or permanent.  It all depends on where and how the spine is injured and the severity of the trauma.

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