Car accidents are an unfortunate common occurrence in every state. In just Georgia alone in 2017, more than 300,000 accidents were reported.
If you have been involved in a car accident, you may not have any symptoms immediately following, but they may show up weeks later when you are not expecting them. There are numerous common injuries after car accidents and learning about them can help you recover quicker and keep pain from these injuries from impacting your life.
Whiplash is by far the most common post-accident injuries. This happens as a result of the neck snapping backward and then forward quickly and is common in rear-end collisions or even small fender-benders.
During whiplash, the muscles and ligaments in your neck are stretched past where their normal range of motion is and can cause tears in the soft tissue of your neck. Some symptoms you may experience with this injury is neck pain, headache, stiffness, ringing in your ears, blurred vision, or trouble concentrating.
These symptoms may not present immediately and may take several days or weeks to show up. Therefore, it is so important to follow up with one of our chiropractors immediately after an accident even if you do not feel like you are hurt. Chronic pain may result from untreated whiplash injuries and it is important to receive treatment to prevent this from occurring.
Car accidents may lead to chronic and debilitating back pain. This can last for years past the date of incident as there are numerous injuries that may occur. Lumbar spine injuries, sprains, herniated discs, or thoracic spinal injury can all cause discomfort and pain that lingers. If you have a back injury, this is a serious condition that should not be ignored. If you do not seek medical attention you could face years of agitation.
Ligaments are susceptible to tears or damage during a car accident also, especially those within the knee. Torn ACLs and MCLs are common injuries our doctors see resulting from a car accident. Tears in leg ligaments are serious and can cause pain and limited range of motion. Even small tears can be debilitating. Treatment can range from rest and relaxation to needing surgical repair.
As frightening and potentially life altering as car accidents can be, our College Park chiropractors are here to help. If you are in constant pain following an accident, call us at (404) 592-0319 and get our experienced medical staff to help aid in your recovery. With the skills, experience, and resources our practice offers we can get you back on your feet and pain free.