Whiplash and Car Accident Injuries
With around 5.5 million car accidents occurring in the United States each year, statistically, everyone will be involved in an automobile accident at some point during his or her life. Your life and health, and that of your friends and family, are important and you will need to take action to protect yourself after a collision.
In the case of an accident, the first thing you should do after you have settled your nerves is assess your body for injury. Do you feel any pain? Can you move your arms and legs? Do you have a headache? Once you have assessed your body, check in with your passengers. Then, if possible get out the car and check with the other drivers. Make sure to exchange insurance information and to report the accident to the police.
You should always seek medical attention following an automobile accident. The police will ask if you require medical attention, and if you feel pain or are very shaken by the collision, allow emergency services to do a preliminary check and take you to the nearest hospital. If you feel okay, you can decline the service at the scene, but should get checked out later. Some injuries, such as whiplash, may not be noticeable immediately. Adrenaline may block any pain or the injury may not manifest for up to 72 hours. This medical checkup provides additional evidence of your accident and your injuries. Car accident related pain can last for years, so make sure to have a doctor check you over and start treatment.
Car Accident Injury Q & A
What types of auto accident injuries can chiropractors treat?
Auto accidents can cause many kinds of injuries, from scratches to fatalities. After a car accident, it’s not uncommon for patients to develop certain symptoms in the first 24 hours, such as:
- Loss of range of motion
Because injuries from auto accidents are so varied, you should visit Dr. Sas as quickly as possible to get your injuries properly diagnosed and begin treatment. Chiropractors can treat a broad range of auto accident injuries, including:
- Herniated discs
- Muscle strains and sprains
- Joint problems
By using a series of treatments, including spinal manipulations, Dr. Sas can help you to realign your musculoskeletal system and experience relief.
He might recommend a regimen of physical therapy, where you perform a series of exercises and stretches to help rebuild strength and relieve pressure on your joints. That helps restore your body’s balance and stability after the accident.
Why are auto accident symptoms sometimes delayed?
Your body goes into shock directly after a car accident. During this time, it produces chemicals that prevent pain and other symptoms. When the shock wears off, your body stops releasing these chemicals, and the symptoms manifest.
How do chiropractors treat auto accident injuries?
Dr. Sas reviews your medical history and performs a physical examination. Depending on what he learns, he may order an X-ray to get more information. Once he properly diagnoses your condition, Dr. Sas creates a customized treatment plan based on your set of symptoms to realign the musculoskeletal system and begin the healing process.
Because treatment plans are a function of your medical history and symptoms, your treatment plan will be unique to you. Dr. Sas may recommend treatments such as:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
- Hot and cold therapy
- Soft tissue therapy
With a properly aligned musculoskeletal structure, your body is better equipped to heal itself. That restores the mobility of joints and relieves pain. If you want to experience relief from your auto accident injuries, contact Dr. Sas today.
Words From Happy Gateway Chiropractic Patients
I have seen many chiropractors since college in effort to fix a few different issues, and Dr Sas is the ONLY one who sat down and created a full treatment plan AND TOLD ME ABOUT IT. Personally, I like to know what’s going on when a Dr is treating me, and he has always been very transparent in my care plan. After 6 years I can finally cross my legs sitting down again, and it keeps getting better.
I had A LOT of irrational anxiety about getting chiropractic work done. But Dr. Sas was very down-to-earth and didn’t feed me any b.s. He understood my anxiety, but made sure that I understood he was in this with me and for me. After 4 months, he is now one of my most favorite humans and I look forward to our visits. Oh, and I guess it’s probably important to note that his treatments are actually helping me. So, there’s that.
Dr Sas is amazing!! I went from having back pain daily to being symptom free after about a month in his care. I have seen other chiropractors before and I can’t say enough about how great Dr Sas is compared to the competition. His office staff is incredibly nice and knows everyone by name. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND anyone and everyone to go see Dr Sas at Gateway Chiropractic!