When you are in a vehicle crash, it is a good idea to seek out the care of an experienced accident chiropractor as soon as you can afterwards. Some injuries caused by vehicle accidents do not create symptoms until days or even weeks after the event. The sooner you receive care, the greater chance that these injuries will be detected and treated. Early detection and treatment can get you on the path to healing faster.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries caused by vehicle accidents, and these injuries can occur at relatively low speeds. Whiplash pain is caused by the stretching and tearing of ligaments when your body is suddenly and violently jerked around. You may not notice whiplash right away. In fact, it can take a couple of weeks before the symptoms of whiplash occur. Here are some of the common symptoms of whiplash:
• Reduced motion of your neck
• Pain in your neck, shoulders and back
• Stiffness in these areas
• Dizziness or vertigo
• Blurred vision
Whiplash is not the only injury of concern that an accident chiropractor can help you with addressing. Vehicle crashes can cause other back and spinal injuries like herniated or bulging discs. They can also cause misalignments of your spine that an accident chiropractor can help you overcome and correct. An accident chiropractor can even diagnose and help with soft tissue injuries. Generally, your care will start with a thorough exam that may include an MRI or x-ray to rule out any fractures. Once your exam is completed, you will be able to discuss treatment options.