There are countless numbers of vehicles on the roads every single day, so it is inevitable that car accidents occur. Most people spend so much time behind the wheel every day that driving becomes routine, and it is easy to become distracted.
A lot of people don’t realize how dangerous driving is. If you think about it, we often drive at high speeds in a very heavy vehicle that can cause serious damage, not only to ourselves but others as well, if it is not driven correctly.
If we know this, we should expect to be more aware and alert behind the wheel of a vehicle, but unfortunately that is not so, and car accidents are still a very common occurrence resulting in all types of injuries.
Here are some of the more common car accident injuries that are treated at Innovative Chiropractic.
Probably one of the most common car accident injuries is a whiplash which occurs when the head is jerked backwards and forwards causing stress on the neck and spine.
People are inclined to believe that they have not suffered a whiplash injury because the pain is not felt immediately. The symptoms only become apparent hours or even days after the accident occurred. The result is whiplash injuries often go untreated for some time.
An untreated, or not treated promptly, whiplash injury can lead to long-term pain and discomfort. For this reason it is always advisable to get medical treatment the same day as the accident even if you are not in immediate pain.
2. Spinal Cord Injuries
One of the most serious injuries that can occur in a car accident is spinal cord injury. Almost every part of the body relies on the spinal cord for overall function and movement. If it becomes damaged there can be a major loss of sensation, function and even paralysis.
When pieces of bone, disc fragments, or ligament bruises or tears come into contact with the spinal cord it causes injuries which can damage the nerve cells being transmitted to and from the brain and the body.
Substantial treatment is often required for these injuries so that the patient can recover. Sometimes it is necessary to follow surgery with extensive rehabilitative treatment.
This is another reason for immediate medical treatment so that the injury can be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
3. Herniated Disc
A herniated disc is caused by the discs in the back shifting and sliding out of alignment particularly with the impact of a car accident. They then can create ruptures causing pain and nerve injuries to travel down the thighs, resulting in extreme weakness.
An MRI, X-ray, or CT scan is necessary to detect the herniated disc. The best form of treatment for herniated disc injuries is often Chiropractic care.
What Doctor Should I See After My Car Accident?
It is vital that you seek medical attention on the same day as your accident. If you are not sure which doctor to see, the answer depends on your injuries. If you are bleeding or have a broken bone you should go to the Emergency Room immediately.
Otherwise you should make a Chiropractic Clinic, specializing in Car Accident injuries, your first stop.
It is our aim at Innovative Chiropractic to help in the recovery from auto accident injuries, as quickly as possible, of each victim of a car accident.
Once we have done a thorough examination to determine the extent of your injuries, we will create a specialized treatment plan specifically for your injury and recovery requirements.
Do not hesitate to contact Innovative Chiropractic in Mill Creek if you were involved in a car accident.