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Car Accident Injuries: More Common Than You Think!

Young man after wreckAt A Better Life Chiropractic, we want to help patients restore their health naturally-whether you’re dealing with chronic pain or simply want to live well.

More so, we proudly welcome people who have been injured in car accidents-and hope you’ll book an appointment if you’ve been in one recently or years ago.

Why? Because injuries from car accidents don’t always show up right way. In fact, problems and pain can present days, weeks, months and even years later. By that time, the issue becomes harder and harder to correct as scar tissue forms.

Here are a few of the most common car accident injuries that we see (and help) in the practice:

Concussions: Did you know that a concussion doesn’t have to mean hitting your head? The snap of your neck and side to side or back and forth movement that the head goes through during a car crash is enough to bring on a concussion-that’s why you should always be checked out after an accident. Signs of a concussion can include headaches, balance issues, ringing in the ears and blurred vision.

Whiplash and neck problems: When we get into a car accident, our neck can snap side to side, resulting in a whiplash injury. You don’t even have to be traveling at a high rate of speed for this to happen-in fact, any crash that happens at a rate of speed beyond 5MPH can leave you with damaging neck issues.

Disc injuries: Disc injuries like herniation, slips and bulging can cause pain to radiate in your back and beyond, making the simplest of tasks difficult to do. If you’ve been injured in a car crash years ago and are now suffering from back pain-ask yourself if the pain was there prior or not. If it’s new, it could be from your accident or due to trauma caused from the crash.

Torn ligaments and strained muscles: Due to the quick back and forth motion of a car accident, it’s easy for nearly any muscle or ligament in your body to become disturbed, stretched and moved out of proper alignment. Depending on where you’re seated in the car at the time of the crash, your body may also be tossed around and into the side, rear or front of the interior of the car.

Knee injuries: How can your knee become injured in a crash? Sometimes, you can slide forward, causing your knee to hit the dash in front of you.

Shoulder problems: Did you know that while wearing a seatbelt is highly encouraged (and the law!), it can leave you with pain after an accident-specifically in the shoulder area as it sits right there. The sudden jerking motion of a car accident will propel your body and shoulder forward, but the belt will restrain you, which can cause issues later on. More so, if you’re gripping the steering wheel tightly and tensing up your arms, it’s likely to cause problems in the shoulder as well.

Rib pain: The airbag is lifesaving, but can also leave you with problems if it deploys. We commonly see patients who may have bruised or cracked ribs after an airbag deployment.

Advanced Testing and Services for Car Accident Victims

We’re happy to offer patients custom, focused care and accurate diagnostic testing after a car accident, no matter what type of injury you’ve sustained. In addition to effective chiropractic adjustments designed to restore proper balance and alignment to your spine, neck and body, we also may incorporate advanced laser therapy to speed healing non-invasively.

We’d love to see you in the practice if you’re in pain or simply want to live well. Contact us today too book your visit.

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