Many of us associate car accident injuries with serious accidents and extremely damaging, but the truth is even minor fender-benders can cause injury to drivers and their passengers. Low-impact car accidents are very common and can cause injuries to the head, neck, and spine.
How Low-Impact Car Accidents Cause Injury
Vehicles are built to withstand damage, but even with modern safety measures, this does not mean they provide adequate protection against personal injury. In minor accidents, when safety mechanisms do not deploy, the entire force of the crash is transferred to the vehicle occupants. This transfer of force can cause whiplash or related injuries to the spine and neck as the body is forced rapidly in one direction and then retracts in the other direction.
Left untreated, injuries to the spine and neck can devolve into chronic conditions that cause lingering, unabated pain and discomfort, not only in the back and the neck, but elsewhere in the body too. It’s not uncommon for conditions like headaches, tingling in the extremities, and reduced range of motion to originate in the spinal column.
Chiropractic Intervention Corrects Underlying Musculoskeletal Issues
Early examination by chiropractor can correct any spinal subluxations (vertebral misalignments) that occur in a car accident. This reduces pain and discomfort and re-positions the spine to its’ optimal alignment. When the spine is properly aligned, tissue swelling and inflammation go down, muscles experience less strain and there is less stress on ligaments and joints – any one of these situations could cause lingering pain or become a chronic condition.
Chiropractic care addresses the root cause of the pain or dysfunction. The traditional medical approach is often to “wait and see” or to mask the symptoms with pain relievers. At Wellspring Health, we think the earlier we can get you feeling more like yourself, the better. There’s less risk of a minor injury becoming a chronic pain and less chance of developing a reliance on pain killers or pumping your body full of what is, at best, a short-term narcotic solution.
Schedule An Exam At The Complete Wellness Center of Orange City Today
If you’ve been injured in a car accident and are still feeling pain or discomfort or feel like your body just isn’t moving quite the way it used to, contact The Complete Wellness Center of Orange City to schedule an examination. There is no time limit on injuries; they can appear suddenly, come and go, or not appear at all until weeks or even months after the incident. If you are experiencing pain, it’s time to get the root of the problem.