It makes sense that the faster a car is traveling when it gets into an accident, the more severe the injuries but serious injuries can occur even at slow speeds. Most injuries occur when a vehicle is going under 12 MPH and are often soft tissue injuries. Even if there is no damage to your car, it doesn’t mean there is no damage to your body.
Many of the soft-tissue injuries that occur in auto accidents are commonly treated by chiropractors such as:
This occurs most often in rear-end collisions but can also happen when a person slips and falls. It is the most common of auto accident injuries and occurs when the head snaps back and forward violently, causing injury to the soft tissue around the cervical spine.
Symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, fatigue, dizziness, problems concentrating, back pain, arm weakness, and jaw pain.
Joint injuries from an auto accident usually occur in both the upper and lower limbs because in that split second before an accident, the body tenses, bracing for impact.
After an accident, people often experience a ringing in the ears which may only last a few hours or may become a chronic issue.
Back and Neck Injury
It’s common to feel pain and stiffness in the neck and back after an auto accident. The pain can be mild or severe and can take several weeks and sometimes months to develop. Even a mild injury can lead to chronic pain and the sooner you begin treatment to repair the issue, the greater likelihood of a successful outcome.
A shoulder injury can include numbness, weakness, and swelling and can be from a neck injury, direct impact, or damage to the rotator cuff which can greatly impede your range of motion.
Many of the injuries that occur in auto accidents can go undetected in an initial doctor’s examination after an accident. Additionally, the pain from these injuries can take their time surfacing, often taking weeks to show up and by then, you may assume the pain couldn’t possibly have been from the auto accident and must have another cause.
Chiropractic care after an accident can be the key to a full recovery. By detecting the injury earlier, a chiropractor can put everything into proper alignment which allows the body to begin healing itself. If left untreated, a minor injury could lead to long-term pain.
No matter who caused the collision, auto accident injuries usually entail dealing with insurance companies. At North County Pain Relief, we not only make sure you receive appropriate care for your injuries but also that you have the right documentation to support your claim. Our staff has extensive experience treating auto accident injuries and can help you through the entire process, from your initial consultation to the execution of your treatment.
If you’ve been in an auto accident, call North County Pain Relief of St. Louis today at (314) 731-4201. The sooner you do, the sooner you can get on the road to recovery.