Auto Accident Injuries and Chiropractic Care- Northbrook Clinic
Car accidents are no fun. No one wants to be in one. Yet, the chance of having to deal with one at some point in your life is pretty high, especially since upwards of 3 million Americans are in fender benders every single year.
The high speeds that come with navigating a car lead to high risk of injury if an auto accident occurs. Common injury sites include the brain, spine, knee, ribs, knees, and even internal organs. What areas are affected and the extent of damage will vary significantly with each car accident.
If you were in a car accident, make sure to seek medical care immediately. If the accident resulted in serious injury there were probably paramedics on scene to assess you. However, even if you only feel a little “bruised” it’s important to be fully evaluated to help prevent latent symptoms. Plut, keeping valid records is essential for any necessary treatment you need as a result of your accident. That way a medical lien can be filed if needed.
The Most Common Types of Injuries from an Auto Accident
Rear end collisions are the most common type of car accident. The sudden change in the speed of the car results in the passengers being thrown suddenly forward or backwards, This rapid change in motion ultimately transfers a lot of impact into the body. This impact must be absorbed by the body one way or another.
The vertebrae of the spine are made to absorb the impact we put our bodies through with everyday movements (everything from walking and squatting to high impact sports like football). However, what happens when the impact from a car accident is too much for the spine to adequately absorb? Injury to the surrounding tissues.
The two most common injury complaints following a car accident are whiplash and low back pain. These injuries are a result of overstretching and strain to the surrounding spinal connective tissues and joints. Additionally, concussions are very common even if the head does not make contact with any objects in the car such as dashboards, windows, or seats. The way the brain is tossed around in the skull as the passenger is “thrown around” is more than enough to inflict damage.
General symptoms of whiplash and low back pain from an auto accident may include one or more the following:
- Mild to severe spine pain
- Joint swelling and inflammation
- Nerve damage resulting in numbness, weakness, or tingling in the corresponding limbs
- Brain fog, trouble concentrating, and memory loss
- Chronic headaches
- Generalized fatigue
- Spine stiffness with normal movement
- Uncoordinated movement due to pain and stiffness
- Anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders
- Poor quality of life and/or disability
Auto Accidents and Spinal Alignment
Whether the impact from a car accident is low or high, it can very easily lead to spinal misalignment without a passenger even realizing it. This is why seeking immediate care is so important. When spinal misalignment occurs, it puts the entire body out of sync due to impaired nerve flow. This is ultimately the root cause of all car accident injuries related to the spine. When the entire central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and nerves) is out of alignment, dysfunction, pain, and frustration quickly occur.
How do we properly address spinal misalignment, the root cause of all injury? Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is the leading expert-backed, researched, results-oriented approach that addresses the true underlying cause of lingering car accident pain and other symptoms. Dr. Gregg Gerstin at Align Wellness Center in Northbrook, Illinois is part of this small, elite group of chiropractors in the nation specialized in CBP.
Why Chiropractic Care is the Best Choice for Recovery
There are many options typically offered to a car accident victim when injury occurs. These include massage therapy, physical therapy, injections, medication, psychiatric counseling, acupuncture and chiropractic care. Of these options, CBP chiropractors are some of the few health care professionals specially trained to correct spinal alignment holistically and effectively.
Chiropractic care will vary depending on your specific needs. A personalized program will be created just for you to address your concerns and symptoms. Treatment may include soft tissue therapy, manipulation, posture training, corrective exercise and stretches, lifestyle education, modalities such as ice and heat for pain relief and anything else that will help maximize your recovery. Regardless of which treatments are done, you can always count on them being safe, gentle and non-invasive.
Talk to Dr. Greg Gerstin and his team at Align Wellness Center in Northbrook, IL today to determine the best treatment options for you. Get on the road to recovery and prevent frustrating, linger symptoms that are unfortunately all too common with car accident injuries.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.