Anyone who’s been involved in a car accident knows that even the slightest spinal misalignment can end up in severe pain and discomfort down the road.
Approximately every 60 seconds, one car accident occurs in the United States, making for a total of about 5.25 million auto accidents each year.
While the degree of injury, physical or emotional stress, and pain resulting from each accident may vary, there is almost always a long-term effect following every accident. The good news is that chiropractic care can help.
Below are some of the injuries and effects that can manifest after an auto accident.
Car accidents can exacerbate a variety of conditions and produce many injuries, which include (but are not limited to):
- Shoulder or Collar Bone Pain
- If a seatbelt is located across the shoulder or collar bone during a collision (which is typically where the seatbelt lays), it’s not unusual for residual shoulder or collarbone pain to occur.
- Slipped or Misaligned Ribs
- If there is an item in the lap during a collision (for example a purse or grocery bag), or if the airbag is released, it’s not uncommon for rib pain to result after a car accident. The ribs are often directly affected by the impact produced by a collision.
- Chronic Back or Neck Pain
- The neck and back are some of the most common areas of injury during an auto accident. The back and neck tend to absorb a significant amount of impact during an accident, and neither of these parts of the body are structurally equipped to sustain the impact that car accidents create without detrimental effects.
- Herniated Discs
- As the result of an auto accident, a herniated disc can occur. This happens when the force of the crash pushes the soft spinal vertebrae out of its compartment and into the spinal canal, where it inflames and pushes against local nerves.
- Ankle, Knee, or Foot Pain
- When the ankles, feet, and knees are injured in an auto accident, it’s likely because these parts of the body were exposed to other objects, or to the exterior (such as when driving a motorcycle).
- Chronic Residual Migraines
- Chronic headaches and migraines following a car accident are common. It’s important to seek medical care to confirm that no brain damage has occured as the result of an accident. Otherwise, stress or injury to the spine is a common cause of post-collision migraines.
- Whiplash and Spinal Misalignment
- Whiplash and spinal misalignment occurs when the head and neck are violently thrusts forwards, backwards, or sideways as a result of collision impact. This movement forces joints out of alignment, causing bruising, strain, and stress to the entire area. The resulting inflammation often leads to nerve pain and chronic aching.
Chiropractic care can serve as a powerful recovery aid for each of the conditions listed above, including general injury and accident recovery, meaning overall soreness, fatigue, exhaustion, stress, and inflammation. If you would like to support your body’s recovery process after an auto accident, book your appointment today.