On a sunny day, the statistics for auto accidents in Atlanta aren’t very good. Add some ice and snow to the mix, and the rate of auto accidents increases exponentially. Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries we see, with symptoms that range from neck pain to headaches and migraines. The injury occurs when the head is suddenly thrust from a traumatic force and typically results in damage to the ligaments, muscles, and other tissues in the neck area. The misleading part with this particular injury is the amount of time it often takes to manifest. You may feel absolutely fine following a car accident even if neck damage has been done. A car accident occurring at as little as 5 mph can cause trauma and injury to the soft tissues of the spine and lead to symptoms and dysfunction. Symptoms can take weeks to arise, by which time further damage may have complicated the initial injury and led to more severe neck pain, upper back pain and potentially permanent damage to the area.
Back injuries are another common result of a car accident injury. The back muscles, ligaments and other tissues can become strained or sprained, leading to mild or excruciating back pain. A car accident can also cause a ruptured or herniated disc and unnatural pressure on the nerves that run through the spine. Pressure on the sciatic nerve can lead to sciatica, which can result in back pain as well as pain that runs through the buttocks and legs; while a herniated disc can cause back pain and weakness in the upper or lower back and limbs, depending on the location of the disc. As our chiropractor has seen with neck injuries, symptoms can take weeks or months to manifest with a delay in treatment often leading to more serious damage.
One of the first priorities following a car accident should be chiropractic care. At Northeast Chiropractic Center, we can perform an evaluation and examination to determine if any underlying injuries have occurred even if no symptoms are immediately present. We can then tailor a specific treatment plan for your car accident injury to correct any damage at its earliest stages before it can develop into more severe complications.
Spinal adjustments have been highly effective for treating car accident injuries that involve misaligned vertebrae, sciatica, and subluxations. It can be especially helpful for sprains, strains and tissue damage for its ability to alleviate pain and promote healing. Chiropractic care can be a major part of recovery and recuperation following a car accident, and if you are in or near the Roswell or Alpharetta areas, there is literally no better place to go for your recovery. The earlier you begin, the sooner the healing can begin.