Car accidents continue to be a hazard that affects many of our lives. On average, about six million car accidents occur in the United States every year which breaks down to more than 16,000 per day. As most of the accidents involve more than one person, the amount of people affected by car accidents over the past few years is easily in the tens of millions.
Not all car accidents are created equal, of course. Luckily, many people in minor accidents aren’t affected long term. However, there are various injuries that range in severity which could affect your day-to-day life. So, what kind of injuries do car accidents typically cause, and how do they affect your body?
How Does A Car Accident Affect Your Body?
A car accident can have quite a few effects on your body. One of the less talked about effects is that a car accident can cause you to suffer from PTSD related to the traumatic event. This could cause anxiety related to driving, flashbacks, nightmares, difficulty sleeping or concentrating, and more. PTSD is a serious ailment that needs attention and care.
The most common way a car accident is known to affect the body is through some form of back injury. Herniated discs, spinal cord injuries, or a specific injury to your lumbar or thoracic spine region can all potentially result from a car accident. All of these injuries should receive medical treatment as soon as possible.
What Are Some Minor Injuries In A Car Accident?
Some of the injuries you may receive in a car accident may not be felt immediately. Whiplash is common when someone gets rear-ended, but you may not feel it right away. You may experience headaches, neck and upper back pain and stiffness, as well as loss in your range of motion. Concussions are also common, but even a mild concussion can produce complications if it goes untreated.
Why Are Certain Parts Of Your Body More Prone To Injury?
When it comes to car accidents, certain parts of the body are going to be more prone to injury like your soft tissue. Muscles, tendons, and ligaments can be damaged through sudden stops or dramatic shifts in movement, which is what occurs during a car accident. There are different levels of severity in terms of soft tissue injuries, so you’ll want to seek medical attention and get a proper diagnosis.
Is Chiropractic Care Helpful After A Car Accident?
While a chiropractor is not a replacement for getting a medical examination after an accident, chiropractic care can absolutely help. It’s also important to disclose the accident to your insurance company as you only have 30 days to file, and many people feel fine for weeks afterward. Once you’ve been checked at a hospital for injuries that may need immediate or even surgical solutions first, going to a chiropractor for an evaluation is a logical next step.
Total Chiropractic Care Specializes In Chiropractic Care After Car Accidents
With 25 years of extensive experience in treating car accident injuries and whiplash through comprehensive care, my team and I can work with you on pain management and restoring the range of motion in your neck through massage, stretching exercises, spinal adjustments, and more. Schedule your appointment today and take the first step toward a more comfortable life.