Car accidents in automobiles often cause bodily harm that chiropractors can help with. Note that car accidents can inflict harm to your body that is not immediately obvious. It sometimes takes days or even weeks before certain kinds of injuries make themselves apparent in a physical way.
This is why it’s important to visit with your chiropractor immediately if you have been involved in a vehicle accident as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian. Following are the most common car accident injuries to be aware of.
Bruising and Contusions
Even the most modest of vehicle accidents can result in bruising and contusions. A car accident can force you into your seat belt, which, although the seat belt does its duty of keeping you safe, can leave you with a bruise for several days following the accident.
Note that bruises can occur beneath the skin and cause significant pain, even when no surface bruise is apparent. Contusions, while not life-threatening injuries, do require medical treatment. Generally, but not always, you can expect healing within a week or two after being sustained.
When you are involved in an automobile accident, the forces at work might cause your body to move in ways that it was not intended to move and at rates that it should not have moved at. You are most likely suffering from whiplash if you experience pain or discomfort in your neck and back following a collision.
Whiplash is a type of strain that affects your muscles and ligaments. Whiplash is a common injury that is caused by car accidents, and one that chiropractors have a lot of success in treating.
Spine and Neck Injuries
The tremendous and fast force that your body experiences during a collision, similar to whiplash, can cause major harm to your body that may not be immediately noticeable. In severe cases, it can result in herniation or rupture of the discs in your spine, resulting in severe injuries that are extremely painful and severely restrict your movement. While these injuries are not usually permanent, they can require a significant amount of time to recover.
During a collision, it is easy to strike your head on the interior of your vehicle, resulting in a concussion. It’s also very common for a concussion to occur in an automobile accident by being thrown from the vehicle and hitting the head, or having a piece of heavy debris hurled at the head.
Symptoms of a concussion are varied. You may suffer difficulties with your recollections, such as forgetting what you were doing before the accident, or you may feel as if your brain is not operating as swiftly as it did before the collision. You may have nausea and vomiting. Any type of head injury needs immediate medical attention, whether or not you are experiencing symptoms right away.
Traumatic Brain Injury
These injuries have the potential to have life-altering consequences. A traumatic brain injury can alter the way your brain functions, how it processes information, and how it deals with emotions, among other things.
While it is possible to heal to some extent from a brain injury, depending on the kind and severity of the damage, treating it may be a lifetime effort. These kinds of injuries are even more serious than a concussion and need to be treated immediately.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
There is a risk of developing psychiatric disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) whenever the body is exposed to situations of intense stress, such as a vehicle accident.
Symptoms might include being afraid to drive after an accident, having an aversion to particular noises or pictures that are connected with the collision, and even having sleeping issues as a result of anxiety or nightmares following the accident.
Treatment for PTSD can include things like therapy and chiropractic care, to ensure that the body is pain-free and does not induce even more stress and anxiety.
A collision's impact might force your body to collide with other sections of the car, or flying debris, placing excessive strain on your skeletal structure that cannot be repaired. There are several ways in which this might occur. It is possible that your arm will become wedged between your body and the door, causing it to fracture. Depending on the pace at which your seat belt comes to a halt, you might fracture parts of your ribs.
Broken bones are extremely frequent injuries that are seldom life-threatening or permanent. There are all kinds of scenarios in a car accident that could lead to broken bones. What you should know is that long-term effects from broken bones can be helped with chiropractic treatment.
Your internal organs are extremely sensitive to impact trauma. The pressure of a vehicle collision might cause organ damage, causing it to bleed and lead to further injury as a result. It is critical that these types of car accident injuries are treated as soon as possible in order to prevent them from posing a threat to your life.
If you have been injured in a car accident and have medical needs or help with long-term pain, talk to your chiropractor. There are a number of adjustments that can be made to help reduce pain, improve range of motion, and speed up the healing process.