Many injuries can occur to individuals who are involved in auto accidents. After an accident, many feel that their injuries are minor if they cannot be seen or immediately felt. All too often, those who are injured in an automobile accident ignore back, joint, muscle and neck pain, headaches, and other symptoms. However, these seemingly insignificant pains may be signs of larger problems such as tissue fibrosis or whiplash.
Minor injuries can become chronic conditions if they are not treated. If these injuries turn into chronic conditions, sufferers may lose some to all flexibility and function in the injured area. Chiropractic care can help relieve auto accident sufferers from the pain associated with injuries before they cause long-term discomfort and pain.
How Dr. Owen Can Help
A licensed chiropractor can address both persistent pains and pain that seems to come and go. Pains such as:
- Arm and Wrist Pain
- Back Pains
- Back & Neck Pain
- Jaw Pain
- Joint Inflammation and Tissue Fibrosis
- Leg Pain
- Neck Injuries
- Shoulder Pain
Arm and Wrist Pain
Auto accidents at even low speeds can create a surprisingly forceful impact. The trauma of hard, fast movements can cause arm and wrist inflexibility, numbness, pain, and swelling due to fractures, sprains, tendinitis, or referred spinal and nerve injuries. Untreated injuries may even lead to fever, nausea, and more severe symptoms. A chiropractor can evaluate arm and wrist pain to determine the type of injury and create an effective treatment plan.
Back and Neck Pain
A sudden impact can hurt the back and neck’s spinal joints plus the muscles that surround these joints. A tender back, neck stiffness, muscle spasms, and tissue swelling are very common symptoms of back and neck injuries. Sufferers may even notice psychological symptoms like memory loss, poor concentration, irritability, and fatigue. The sooner chiropractic treatment is started after an auto accident, the more likely a serious back or neck injury can be avoided.
Even though headaches are not visible to the eye, they are often a sign of a more severe problem. Injuries that lead to headaches include blows to the head, a concussion, and spinal disc compression. Whether the headache lasts for a short amount of time or continues to persist, suffers need to be examined to check for brain swelling and internal bleeding to discover the root cause of the headaches.
Jaw pain is a common, yet overlooked auto accident issue. Many times, those who have whiplash also have temporomandibular joint pain, or TMJ pain. TMJ pain occurs in the joints that connect the skull to the jaw, causing jaw and facial pain and tenderness, limited jaw movement, difficulty chewing, and earaches. Patients can get relief from jaw and TMJ pain while under a chiropractor’s care.
Joint Inflammation and Tissue Fibrosis
Joint and tissue injuries can result from heavy impacts. Tissue fibrosis, or scarring, happens as the body repairs itself. Without treatment, tissue fibrosis can cause a painful, chronic condition. Specific chiropractic techniques that increase blood circulation can reduce joint and muscle inflammation and tension as well as tissue fibrosis.
Leg pain and injuries can be devastating. In some cases, it can take months for an injured leg to heal after an auto accident. Sudden impacts stress the bones and joints, which may cause damaged ligaments, dislocated knees, and broken bones. Spinal injuries may even cause numbness, pain, and weakness throughout the leg. Prompt chiropractic adjustments and rehabilitation can relieve pinched nerves, prevent chronic pain, and reduce the likelihood of injury-related arthritis.
Most shoulder pain occurs soon right after an auto accident. Bruises, fractures, and rotator cuff tears are common causes of this pain. Numbness, swelling, tenderness, and restricted movement in the shoulder area should be addressed by a chiropractor as soon as possible. At Healthy Back Chiropractic, we can tailor therapeutic exercises in order to improve shoulder pain and function.
Whiplash occurs during a hard impact that makes the neck forcefully bend backward or forward. Symptoms of whiplash do not always show themselves immediately after an accident. These symptoms include neck irritation, pain, and rigidity as well as dizziness, facial irritation, and blurred vision. At Healthy Back Chiropractic, we both diagnose and treat whiplash on a regular basis.
When you come in for your exam, it is important to fully describe any unusual or painful symptoms you have experienced after your auto accident. Even symptoms that seem minor to you need to be addressed, so we can quickly and accurately diagnose the source of your pain and put you on the right treatment plan for your injuries.
If you have recently been involved in an auto accident and are in the Salem, Or area, contact us today to prevent minor pain from becoming a major problem! See our article on how Chiropractic services can help whiplash