Car accident injuries are a major cause of pain and disability in the U.S., affecting tens of thousands of people each year. While some injuries are obvious right away, other injuries can take weeks or even months before their symptoms are fully apparent. And injuries involving the nerves can cause painful symptoms for years after an initial accident – sometimes for a lifetime.
The key to avoiding long-term painful symptoms is to be evaluated by a skilled doctor after any type of car accident, including seemingly minor “fender benders.” As a top-ranked chiropractic medical practice, Hoover Health & Wellness Center, Inc., offers patients the most advanced care solutions for auto accident injuries to help patients enjoy a speedy recovery and help prevent long-lasting pain and other symptoms.
Types of Auto Accident Injuries
Auto accidents can cause an array of injuries resulting in both acute and chronic symptoms, including injuries to the neuromuscular system and the nerves and soft tissues around the spine. Most people who have auto accidents have muscle pain, stiffness and spasms that require prompt medical attention, so more serious symptoms and problems can be prevented. A common injury occurring after both minor and major auto accidents is whiplash, when the head is snapped back and forth rapidly, like the “crack” of a whip. This rapid motion tears soft tissues and nerves, causing inflammation and nerve impingement resulting in headaches, neck and back pain, and sharp, electricity-like “shocks” of pain extending from the neck down the shoulders, arms and upper back. The symptoms of whiplash can last for many years if not treated properly.
Other common injuries and symptoms that occur after auto accidents include:
- Numbness in the neck, shoulders, arms, and legs
- Lower back pain
- Hip and knee pain
Because auto accidents involve injuries to the neuromuscular system, chiropractic care can be an ideal approach to treating painful symptoms and resolving underlying nerve impingements and joint misalignment. Auto accident injury treatment begins with a comprehensive assessment of your spine, joints, and overall symptoms to determine the cause. Treatment often includes spinal adjustments in the neck and back to help realign spine joints and reduce nerve compression.
Adjustments and therapeutic massage are also helpful in improving circulation and releasing toxins for optimal healing. Plus, these techniques combined with special exercises can help restore movement, flexibility, and range of motion for a better quality of life. At Hoover Health & Wellness Center, Inc., your chiropractic treatment will be customized specifically to your needs so you can experience the best results. Auto accident injuries can cause an array of symptoms, but the good news is, chiropractic care can help relieve those symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.