Car Accidents and Chronic Pain

A car accident is one of those things that happens to other people, you read about them or see them on the news, but you don’t expect to be in one.  Maybe weather was a factor, maybe the person behind you was checking their phone instead of watching the road and suddenly the car behind you crashes into your car.  While your first thought might be about the damage to your car, you need to remember the damage to yourself!

You may feel just fine after the accident, maybe even for a few days after, then you notice that your hands occasionally go numb, you have headaches, or you can’t quite get comfortable in bed.  You are experiencing the effects of the most common auto accident injury, whiplash.

Since the effects don’t immediately follow the crash you may not associate these new sources of irritation or pain with the accident, but even accidents at 5 miles per hour can have long term effects on your health.

Most people can completely recover from injuries received in a car accident.  Up to 20% of people in an accident are still suffering symptoms from injuries received in that accident, up to two years later, because they never received proper care.  Be proactive about addressing the consequences of a car accident.

Common post accident symptoms are lower back pain, tingling or numbness in your limbs, headaches and dizziness.  The most common injury is whiplash, and the most common symptom of whiplash is neck pain. Dr. Elsey treats these symptoms every day.

A visit to the chiropractor is the most effective form of treatment after a car accident.  Dr. Elsey has a variety of techniques at his disposal to determine the most effective plan for your specific situation, to get you back to normal as quickly as possible.  We can perform adjustments to help restore the spine to proper motion, as well as address the soft tissue to reduce tension and stress in the muscles affected by the accident.

No matter who is at fault for the accident, many Missouri insurance policies carry med-pay, which can cover medical expenses.  If you know someone who has been involved in a car accident call us at (314) 731-4201.