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4 Most Common Injuries after a Car Accident

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Although cars are getting safer every year, serious injuries  from car accidents seem to be getting worse. If you’ve recently been in a car accident or are feeling the toll it took on your body months (or even years) ago, you know that a car isn’t the only thing damaged. Let’s take a look at the 4 most common forms of accident injury that occurs after a car accident and how you can reverse them.

Head collisions

As drivers and passengers in a car are seated when they’re involved in high-speed accidents, the force after a collision is enough to cause brain trauma. Depending on the severity of a crash, people may have concussions, go into comas or experience cognitive issues.  It’s best to never risk your mental health and meet with a doctor to fix problems now that you won’t be able to resolve later down the road.

Back & Spinal trauma

The spinal cord is the most important part of your body and a large portion of it is located in the back. When damage to the spinal cord occurs, people experience reduced sensation and less control over their body parts like the arms, legs, hands and feet. Furthermore, a more severe car accident injury could be paralysis. If our nerves are unable to carry through the signal to and  from the brain, we simply can’t move.

On the less severe end of the spectrum are herniated disks, where the soft “jelly” in the center of your spinal disks oozes out through a crack and suppresses a nerve. You might not feel any symptoms, but they may appear months or years later as your body ages. Herniated disks can cause numb or tingling sensations, arm and leg pain, and weak soft-tissue muscles. Did you know your spine is so sensitive, even a sneeze or cough can herniate a disk? Your chiropractor can help move spinal disks back into their proper positions with the help of regular adjustments.

Whiplash

There’s a high chance your head or neck were abruptly jerked in one direction, if you have been rear-ended. Whiplash is very common in almost any type of car accidents and can cause long-lasting neck muscle and ligament damage. Swelling of the neck, difficulty swallowing, having trouble speaking and general neck pain is also common.

Your chiropractor will feel for tender and tight areas as well as how your spinal joints move. He will also analyze how you walk (your gait), and take notes on your spinal alignment and posture. If icing is necessary to reduce swelling, a chiropractor will recommend holding an ice pack to your neck before using gentle manipulation techniques to restore normal movement to your neck.

 Chest injury

Blunt force trauma from car accidents can potentially break ribs and cause collapsed lungs. If you have a history of heart problems, an accident can trigger traumatic cardiac arrest.

However, it’s likely that the chest area pain won’t stop there; over time, the chest area can be an immediate problem following an accident. Damage to internal organs, the pelvis, and the abdomen can also occur. Once a lack of blood flow through obstructed coronary arteries has been ruled out as your chest pain’s cause, consider making an appointment with a chiropractor as your chest muscles, ribs, lungs and heart are directly and indirectly controlled by spinal nerves. Misalignments in your spine caused by a car accident can suppress or overstimulate these nerves resulting in chest pain.

Schedule an appointment with a doctor who will analyze your situation. Then, they will cater a treatment plan to help restore movement to affected areas. Be wary of the side-effects of pain-killers you’re taking.  They only serve to temporarily mask the pain, not solve the issue from the source. To solve the issue, you have to correct your spinal disk positions and ensure they aren’t suppressing nerves. This way, your body can send the signals to begin repairing affected muscle tissue and bone.

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