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Auto accident care can vary greatly depending on your precise condition. If you’re in an accident of any kind, remember, chiropractors play a huge role in the diagnosis of auto accident conditions. If you were in an accident, Advanced Health Chiropractic is the exact place to be to recover from your injuries.
Car accidents are a leading cause of spinal and soft tissue injuries. Estimates indicate that as many as eighty percent of people involved in car accidents suffer from misaligned spines and soft tissue injuries. A spinal or soft tissue injury is any damage or injury to the joint, disc, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Soft tissue injuries may be sudden (acute) or get worse gradually (chronic). Sometimes these injuries aren’t detected right away because they don’t show up on X-rays and often don’t cause discomfort until sometime after the accident occurs due to the massive amount of stress and adrenalin released into the body to handle the trauma immediately.
One of the most common soft tissue injuries to occur during a car accident is whiplash. Usually caused by a rear-end collision, whiplash is caused by the rapid jolting of the head forward and then back. Severe soft tissue damage can result, including strains or tears to the ligaments and tendons of the neck or even damage to the discs between the vertebrae that can cause long-term pain.
Symptoms of Soft Tissue Injuries
Symptoms of soft tissue injuries can manifest sometime after an accident occurs. It can take as long as several days or a few weeks after. Even if you’ve been treated and released by paramedics or from an emergency room, you should still seek care of a chiropractor to check the alignment of your spine and integrity of the soft tissue of the area of the body that was damaged. Symptoms to be aware of include:
- Neck pain
- Low back pain
- Sore muscles or spasms in the back
- Tingling or numbness in the extremities
- Dizziness or nausea
If you experience any of these symptoms, or any discomfort or pain after a car accident, call Advanced Health Chiropractic right away to determine the extent of the injuries. A customized treatment plan will be created for you to get you back to a pain free life and living without restriction.