After an accident, there are common injuries that can leave you with varying levels of pain and sensitivity.
Most of them require some medical intervention, either from your orthopedic doctor or your doctor of Chiropractic who are both uniquely trained to deal with joint problems affecting the appendages and spine, respectively.
Your neck is the primary place to receive the shock of an accident, because it’s so mobile, and connected to your head, which weighs about 10 pounds.Once that is moving fast after the initial impact of a crash, it pulls down your neck and whips it back, giving you whiplash.
Once that is moving fast after the initial implications of a crash, it pulls down your neck and whips it back, giving you whiplash.
While this is not a terrible injury, it’s one that requires a look from your Chiropractor to diagnose and treat properly. A neck brace is often prescribed to give support to the soft tissue that’s been overstretched because of the acute angled the neck was pulled.
Do You Have Paresthesia?
The effect of whiplash or any fast, tight neck twisting can be hurtful to the spinal cord in the neck, or more likely, damaging the nerves that emanate from the neck to the rest of the extremities. These nerves, when pressed by soft tissue or bones in the spine, can respond in strange or painful ways.
Paresthesia is a common complaint after an auto accident, the symptoms of which consist of tingling, pins and needles or a loss of sensation in parts of the upper body (if the neck was directly affected in the crash.)
This indicates nerve obstruction or nerve damage.
Lower Back Pain
Also known as lumbar pain, when the upper body is tossed about in a collision, it overstretches the ligaments of the lower spine. A direct hit against the lumbar spine from the impact of another vehicle or object can also obviously hurt the lower back, its vertebrae and discs.
Lumbar pain needs to be assessed to discover what the cause of it is. These vertebrae carry the most weight of the spine, and are prone to cause pain in many people.
Headaches and Dizziness
This is an indirect result of soft tissue damage in the neck.Because blood and nerves pass through the cervical spine – your neck’s vertebrae – the damage done to them in a crash can lead to headaches, dizziness and vertigo.
Because blood and nerves pass through the cervical spine – your neck’s vertebrae – the damage was done to them in a crash can lead to headaches, dizziness, and vertigo.
Very often these symptoms can be alleviated with the help of an experienced chiropractor if the treatment is carried out consecutively over time, and close to the time of the accident. That’s how chronic pain is avoided or alleviated.
In fact, very often accident patients experience some leftover effect of their injuries for years to come.
Getting the body to heal fully is difficult, and seeking out a Chiropractor or orthopedic doctor early is part of healing the top soft tissue injuries.