You can have a lot of different injuries after a car crash, ranging from broken bones to pulled muscles. One of the most common kinds of auto accident injuries is whiplash, which affects your neck muscles. You can also end up developing spinal problems, such as disc herniation, from your initial injury. You might also have any of the following injuries when you’re in a car accident:
Even if you only seem to have minor injuries to your neck, back, shoulder, or other joints, it’s important to get medical care. These injuries can sometimes take a while to cause any noticeable symptoms. By that time, your injury might become worse. Keep in mind that some injuries might seem minor, but you could have more damage than you think in the affected area. Getting treatment helps ensure that any injuries you have been able to heal fully. Otherwise, you can end up with chronic pain.
Since whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of it. You get whiplash when your head rocks back and forth quickly and suddenly, causing torn or damaged muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissue structures. Whiplash can cause the following symptoms:
Dr. Ward physically examines the injured area to find out what’s causing your neck pain. He’ll assess how severe your neck pain is, where it seems to come from, and how much it affects your range of motion. If he needs additional details to make a diagnosis, he’ll order X-rays or other kinds of imaging tests.
Dr. Ward creates a treatment plan based on your physical exam and imaging test results. His programs typically include chiropractic adjustments to your spine or other affected joints to bring them into the right alignment. When spinal discs are not aligned correctly, you have more pressure on the nerves in that area, which can cause pain, stiffness, and other symptoms.
If you need treatment for auto accident injuries, please contact Ward Chiropractic to schedule an appointment.
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