If you’ve been involved in an automobile accident, it’s important to make sure that any injuries are taken care of immediately. While you might be able to easily tell if you have a broken bone or laceration, some internal injuries are less obvious. In fact, you might not even feel the immediate effects of these injuries. The pain of whiplash and soft tissue injuries might not show up until hours or even several days following your auto accident. A Beaverton chiropractor will be able to evaluate your injuries and prescribe a treatment plan to help with your recovery.
The forces involved in an auto collision can result in a whiplash injury. Whiplash is a neck injury that is caused by a rapid backward motion of your head, followed by a strong thrust forward. It can result in stretched or torn ligaments and tendons in your neck. The most common symptom of whiplash is usually neck pain, including pain when moving your head from side to side or up and down. Other symptoms include headaches, especially those radiating from the base of your skull, tenderness or tightness in your neck, and a decrease in range of motion.
A Beaverton chiropractor will be able to provide an examination in order to diagnose and treat a whiplash injury. The treatment for this type of injury generally includes a series of chiropractic adjustments, cryotherapy (ice pack therapy), a cervical collar if the injury is severe, and almost always, a progressive rehabilitative exercise plan that can be done at home or work. Of course, every whiplash injury is different, so your chiropractor will first take your medical history followed by an examination and any tests that they think are necessary before beginning a unique treatment program best suited for your injury.
Soft tissue injuries include injuries to muscles, ligaments, and tendons. While these injuries are not as easy to diagnose as injuries to bones or internal organs, they can still cause significant pain and prevent you from being able to continue with your normal daily activities.
Following an auto accident, muscle sprains and strains can cause back pain. Additionally, if left untreated, soft tissues injuries can lead to chronic and debilitating back pain.
When you suffer injuries in a car accident, it is imperative that you are properly evaluated and that the long-term consequences are accurately identified before you make an insurance settlement. It is also important to make sure that your case is properly documented so that you can demonstrate that your injuries are a direct result of the auto accident.
Whiplash: More than Standard Neck Pain, acatoday.org
Chiropractic Care for Whiplash, spineuniverse.com
Explore Chiropractic, webmd.com
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