Understanding the Pain
Motor Vehicle Accident Care Q & A
When should I see a chiropractor?
Since the force from a motor vehicle accident is so sudden, your nerves can become shocked and not feel pain for up to 5 days. However, the damage is there. If you are ever in a motor vehicle accident of more than 8.2 miles per hour, get yourself evaluated by a doctor of chiropractic. There are indicators, simple tests and x-ray findings that can show clearly if damage has occurred or not. The longer any problems remain untreated, the more scar tissue and inflammation can build up in your body and it will take longer to recover or fix.
How do I know I have whiplash?
Whiplash is a non-medical term used to describe neck pain following an injury to the soft tissues of your neck (specifically ligaments, tendons, and muscles). It is caused by an abnormal motion or force applied to your neck that causes movement beyond the neck’s normal range of motion. Symptoms of whiplash can take more than 5 days to show up as our body sorts through what happened. Symptoms of whiplash include, but are not limited to: neck pain, lower back pain, head aches, dizziness, feeling drained, irritability, memory and concentration issues. Get yourself checked right away.
Can whiplash get worse over time?
Symptoms of whiplash, like pain, come from nerves being compressed, muscles in spasm, inflammation in blood flow and misalignment of the spine. Left uncorrected, this leads to scar tissue and chronic pain with spinal degeneration not far behind. Getting whiplash corrected by a doctor of chiropractic as soon as possible is the best way to avoid long term spinal problems and bring short term relief.
Can I get neck pain from being in a motor vehicle accident?
When you are in a motor vehicle accident, the vehicle changes speed suddenly and forces your body to do the same. This sudden force of movement can cause damage to the ligaments of the spine and it’s alignment. As a reaction, the muscles of your neck go in to spasm to protect your neck. The nerves of your neck, what can also be pulled or pushed in the process, start to fire, and inflammation and blood flow can become effected. Any one of these problems can cause pain. In our exam we will determine how the nerves, bones, muscles and blood flow are responding and look for any long term effects. We will find out what needs to happen to get your neck free from pain and bring stability back.
Can I get low back pain from being in a motor vehicle accident?
When you are in a motor vehicle accident, the car changes speed suddenly and forces your body to do the same. This sudden force of movement can cause damage to the ligaments of the spine and it’s alignment. As a reaction, the muscles of your lower back and pelvis go in to spasm to protect your lower spinal nerves. The nerves of your lower spine, which can also be pulled or pushed in the process, start to send signals and inflammation and blood flow become effected. Any one of these problems can cause pain. In our exam we will determine how the nerves, bones, muscles and blood flow are responding and look for any long term effects. We will find out what needs to happen to get your lower back free from pain and bring stability back.
How can a chiropractor help you heal from whiplash?
Dr. Evan Hughes knows techniques to gently correct the joints, remove compression to the spinal nerves, ease muscle spasm and promote circulation, increase range of motion, flexibility and strength, diminish chronic symptoms that can persist over many years and increase overall well being by stabilizing the injuries from the auto accident. All of these treatments allow your body to heal itself from the short term pain, and long term damage of whiplash.
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