Many people don’t realize that they have been injured, and don’t suspect they are, especially when there was little or no damage to the car. But, did you know that many whiplash injuries occur during low speed collisions where there was little or no damage to the car?
Car accidents induce a variety of injuries from head to toe. Cervical Acceleration Deceleration (CAD) Injuries, or Whiplash, can cause sprains and strains of the muscles in the neck, intervertebral disc bulges, herniations, and protrusions, torn ligaments, and even fractures of the bones of the neck. These injuries can cause symptoms such as headaches, migraines, aches, pains, numbness, tingling, burning, electrical sensations in the arms and hands.
CAD injuries, whiplash can also cause traumatic brain injuries otherwise known as concussions. Post-concussion symptoms include; forgetfulness, dizziness, headaches, difficulty finding words, confusion, short temper, moodiness, among many other things. Brain injury severity can vary greatly and should be evaluated immediately if these symptoms arise.
Of course injuries to the back in the thoracic, lumbar and pelvic regions, as well as to the shoulders, elbow. Wrists, hips, knees, ankles and feet also occur frequently with this type of trauma. The key with motor vehicle accident injuries is to be evaluated as soon as possible. Patients tend to respond best when conservative treatment begins immediately after accidents. Delays in evaluation and care are factors in these injuries becoming permanent conditions with which people have to suffer with throughout their lifetime.
We know firsthand what car accident injuries feel like, and we put our patients first. Our qualified doctor can offer you the best course of treatment for your car accident injury that will provide you with the maximum amount of relief possible. Our personal, hands-on, holistic approach to therapy & rehabilitation of car injury are designed to improve flexibility, reduces muscle spasms, decrease pain, and return to maximum function. All services provided are customized by the doctor of chiropractic to treat your specific problem. Come visit to see what we are all about. We look forward to helping you!
Research shows that within a two-week period, the body will form permanent scar tissue in the injured area. This scar tissue is formed as a result of muscle spasms, poor flexibility of the joints, poor blood supply in joints, and nerve interference. In adult X-rays, (years after the accident), patients can have permanent arthritis and degeneration if the nerve interference is not corrected immediately. Crash, bang, boom…It sounds all too familiar. People are involved in all types of accidents from minor fender benders to severe spinal “whiplash” injuries. Cars are manufactured differently than they were 40 years ago. Today, they are made out of plastics and aluminum, not steel. That 2,000-pound car that hit you from behind won’t injure your car as easily as it will damage YOU. All that force travels somewhere...and that somewhere is your delicate spine. Ouch! National statistics estimate that a person is involved in an accident every seven years.
It is extremely important that you have your spine checked after every accident, no matter how minor it may seem. Research shows that it only takes the pressure of a dime to take away 60% of the nerves’ ability to function properly. Remember that symptoms like pain are always the last sign your body gives you to tell you something is wrong. Your nervous system controls every function in your body from breathing, digesting, smiling to running. In the nervous system, 90% controls function and ONLY 10% controls pain. I
Many of our Bellingham, WA patients question as to why they have so much pain following a car collision. Car crashes need not damage the vehicle much to cause a lot of pain.
Research shows that 1 in 4, or 25% of people involved in a motor vehicle collision will end up suffering from chronic pain. If you are suffering from chronic pain due to a car accident, you are not alone. Integrative Health Bellingham sees a lot of patients in our Bellingham, WA office seek out our care having suffered with chronic pain for years after their initial car collision injury.
Understanding the causes of chronic pain can be put in simple terms; certain areas of the body are more susceptible to injury, even in minor collisions. The muscles, ligaments, and nerves in your neck and back are some of these anatomical structures that are most commonly injured in car accidents.
These injuries require prompt treatment of the damaged tissues to loss of mobility, function, avoid the development of scar tissue and chronic pain.
Dr. Jeffrey J. Albright at Brain & Spine Clinics is trained to diagnose and treat car injuries and has the experience to adapt to your specific, individual needs. Restoring normal spinal motion, brain function, getting you out of pain and back to life is our goal.
Don't wait until chronic symptoms set in and become permanent. Brain & Spine is here to help you remain pain free and improve function. Give our office a call today at (360) 746-8378. to make an appointment.
With the thousands of auto injury patients, Dr. Jeffrey J. Albright has treated over his career, he’s seen so many patients suffering from chronic pain caused by a motor vehicle collision from the distant past. Research demonstrates that 25% of people involved in a rear-end collision, which is the most common type of car accident, will have chronic pain and permanent disability even ten years after the crash.
Our goal at Brain & Spine Clinics is to decrease your probability of developing chronic pain by restoring the normal spinal movement and brain function as soon as possible after the crash.
Reduced mobility of the spine causes dysafferentation, or improper signals to the brain, which begins a downward cycle to scar tissue and degeneration or arthritis. Chiropractic adjustments work to reduce inflammation and restore proper motion easing the strain on the spinal ligaments.
Symptoms are much like the warning lights on the dashboard of your car and must be taken seriously immediately after a crash. Receive an evaluation immediately and don't put off getting the care you need now, to avoid problems in the future. Give us a call today.