It is expected that during the course of your life, you will be involved in a minimum of three car accidents. Most likely, these will be minor fender benders, however, every year, car accidents send millions of Americans as a result of injuries, This is why our chiropractors treat so many patients that sustain soft tissue injuries from car accidents, especially those that involve rear ending and cause back and neck pain and whiplash.
Rear end accidents commonly cause whiplash injuries. Whiplash affects nearly two million Americans every year as a result of these accidents. It is caused by a sudden forward and back movement of the head and neck. This causes the spine to be destabilized and can cause exponential pain. Blurred vision, headache, dizziness, shoulder pain, and reduced motion are other common side effects of a whiplash injury. Although non-life threatening, it can cause long-term pain and can lead to disability of not treated.
Early intervention and treatment is key with whiplash injuries to ensure prompt rehabilitation. The sooner that you are able to be evaluated by one of our doctors, then the quicker your recovery. Even minor appearing accidents can result in injury that may show up later. This is why it is so important to seek treatment from our doctors as soon as possible after an automobile accident.
Our chiropractors are able to perform spinal adjustments if required and also utilize massage and even foam roller therapy to help elevated any pain or discomfort you may be feeling as a result of an auto accident. Nutritional counseling and at home exercise is also sometimes recommended to assist in your overall healing.
Because you can never anticipate or avoid an automobile accident, whiplash resulting from one cannot be avoided. With new technology, cars are always being updated and safety measures improved to help avoid injuries like whiplash in the event of an accident. The seat belt and headrest designs help reduce your risk of serious injury, and when utilized properly may also eliminated your whiplash risk.
Most importantly, it is imperative for you to remember that after an automobile accident to call our Atlanta chiropractors at (404) 889-8828 even if you are feeling like you have not sustained an injury. Early detection of said injuries and subsequent treatment is important to prevent a worse injury and longer healing time.