You’ve been involved in a car accident. What happens in the next few seconds can have tragic consequences. And what you do about it in the next hours, days and weeks can forever affect your health.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained during car accidents and often the hardest to treat. It takes only a 2.5 mile per hour change in speed to injure the neck. Although half of all whiplash injuries are the result of rear end collisions, they can occur from an impact from any direction.
When a part of the body is whipped back and then forward beyond its normal limits, micro-tears can develop in the surrounding ligaments. Yet many accident victims don’t notice any pain at first. It’s not until the micro-tears start to swell that the symptoms set in. These symptoms can include blurred vision, neck pain, headaches, dizziness, shoulder pain, reduced range of motion, arm pain, neck stiffness, low back pain to name a few.
Soft tissue injuries like whiplash can take a long time to heal. Without proper treatment injuries can continue to cause pain for years. As soft tissue injuries heal, they develop scar tissue. If the spine is not aligned and full range of motion isn’t recovered before scarring sets in, it can ultimately inhibit normal functioning and even lead to spinal degeneration.
At Akridge Chiropractic & Laser Pain Relief, we use a variety of drug-free techniques, from spinal adjustments to Class IV Laser Therapy to rehabilitative exercises to massage to relieve pain, restore mobility and support long-term healing. Visiting our Clinic as soon as possible after a car accident can boost a patient’s chances of making a full recovery without resorting to prescription drugs.