One moment everything may seem fine, when suddenly you’re involved in a serious collision. Most people have one thing on their mind after a car accident, their car! However, it’s important to remember that you and your injuries come first. A visit to a chiropractor should always follow an auto injury, as chiropractors are specialists in damage to soft and hard tissue.
What To Do After A Car Accident
- Take a deep breath and remain calm.
- Check for injuries and call an ambulance if anyone is hurt. Your auto insurance will cover the medical bills, so do not let fear of cost deter you from getting the care you or the other driver may need.
- If the accident is minor but disrupting traffic, move the cars to a safe location, out of the way of traffic, and turn on your hazard lights.
- Call the police to file an accident report and call your insurance agent.
- Get your chiropractic examination! Car accidents can results in injuries to the spine and soft tissues that may have life-long repercussions if not addressed and treated.
These are the most basic steps after a car accident. Here is a more in depth guide for what to do after a car accident, including what details to collect for your insurance company.
Common Injuries Resulting From Car Accidents
Whiplash is one of the most common and well-known injuries resulting from an auto accident. Symptoms of whiplash may include neck pain, neck stiffness, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, fatigue, and numbness, tingling, or weakness down the arms. Most people who receive proper treatment will heal from whiplash within 3 months. Less common symptoms of whiplash may be associated with head trauma. Examples of these symptoms are ringing in the ears, problems with concentration and memory loss, irritability, difficulty sleeping, and chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, or head. Experiencing any of these symptoms is cause for immediate concern and you should consult a chiropractor! Depending on examination findings, we may be able to treat in-office or order imaging and refer out to a specialist. Learn more about whiplash here!
Concussion and head traumas are another common injury following car accidents. The most common cause is hitting the inside of the vehicle, or less commonly, the airbag. Symptoms may include headaches, temporary loss of consciousness, confusion, lack of coordination, memory loss, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, ringing in the ears, sleepiness, excessive fatigue, and mood changes such as irritability or mild depression.
Other common injuries include:
- Spinal injuries
- Cuts and bruises from broken glass and other impacts during the car crash.
- Injuries to the legs or arms upon impact.
- Other aches and pains throughout the body.
How Can A Chiropractor Help After A Car Accident?
Chiropractors are able to treat neck and back injuries associated with auto accidents. Many times, individuals who have been injured in a car accident experience such intense muscle pain and stiffness that they simply cannot function normally. When left untreated, this discomfort can be a serious life-long issue. Other times, people do not initially feel much pain immediately following the crash, and instead develop symptoms over the next few days or weeks. Treatment for your injuries will general consist of gentle chiropractic adjustments in combination with therapeutic massage and physiotherapies for pain relief and restoring proper function. Rehabilitative exercises will also be given to help you regain the range of motion and strength you need to perform every-day activities at home and at work. If serious damage is expected, we will recommend imaging such as a flexion-extension series of x-rays or an MRI to determine the extent of your injuries.
Treating pain or whiplash should never be secondary to bringing your car at the mechanic or working with your insurance company. If you’ve had an auto accident recently, your first priority should be taking the initiative to visit your chiropractor!
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