If you are involved in a Belgrade car accident, you may walk away from the event with an excruciating backache or neck pain, or you may feel no ill effects at all -- at first. Many musculoskeletal injuries sustained in car accidents, such as whiplash, do not cause pain until days or even weeks afterward, lulling you into a false sense of wellness. You should always let a chiropractor evaluate you following an accident so that you can receive prompt chiropractic care if necessary. At Spine & Sports Chiropractic Clinic, our chiropractors are trained to detect auto accident injuries and treat them through spinal adjustments and physical rehabilitation.
A Belgrade car accident injury can occur in a variety of ways. While some injuries stem from direct impact with an airbag, windshield or other part of the cabin, others are due purely to the force of the impact as it transfers from the vehicle to you. When something suddenly stops a car traveling even at relatively low speeds, anything inside the car will continue moving until it hits something in the cabin. Assuming you’re buckled up (which you should be), your body will continue to fly forward until the seat belt and shoulder harness stop you. Your head in particular will throw itself forward, then get snapped back violently as the safety restraint catches your body. These tremendous forces on your neck can strain muscles and dislocate your cervical vertebrae, causing the neck pain of whiplash. A cervical injury may also leave you with other symptoms in addition to neck pain, such as pain or numbness in your upper extremities. This often happens when a bulging disc in the neck presses against the nerves that send signals to your arms and hands.
The same collision that causes whiplash can also cause back pain or shoulder problems. Sometimes the body twists unnaturally in a collision, partly due to the way the safety restraints hold it in place. This torsion can throw your lumbar vertebrae out of alignment. A lumbar disc that presses against your sciatic nerve can cause leg pain or tingling and weakness in the lower extremities. If your hands grabbed the steering wheel at the moment of impact, the forces may have torn tendons in the rotator cuff of your shoulder, making it impossible to raise your arm without pain.
If you are suffering pain from whiplash, sciatica or another car accident injury, either chiropractor at Spine & Sports Chiropractic Clinic will customize a rehabilitation plan to get you relief. Drs. Satchell and Flohr will perform a detailed evaluation of your spine and injury symptoms before prescribing the appropriate course of rehabilitation. A series of precise spinal adjustments can relieve nerve impingement and restore your proper alignment, while a customized program of strengthening exercises, ice or cold therapy and kinesio taping will help relieve your neck pain or back pain and enable your body to heal more quickly and correctly.
If you have been in a car accident, whether it was last week or last year, call us at 406-388-1446 today.