If you’ve been in a car accident, it’s a good idea to book an appointment with a auto accident chiropractor right away. Some symptoms may appear immediately after the accident while others might take several days to manifest. A chiropractor has the knowledge to diagnose each injury and offer the appropriate treatment.
The Reality of Automobile Accidents
A variety of different injuries can be incurred during a car accident. These include whiplash, various neck injuries, different back maladies and soft tissue damage. While most people relate these types of injuries to “major” car accidents, i.e. those occurring at high speeds, studies show that these injuries can also happen in low-speed, low-impact situations. Whiplash, the most common injury sustained in a car accident, is proven to be possible at speeds as low as three miles an hour.
What it really comes down to is that although the average vehicle’s bumpers and fenders are built to withstand structural damage within a range of speeds, the human body isn’t designed to do the same. Also, the higher the impact speed in a car accident, the less energy the vehicle is able to absorb, which results in more of the accident’s energy being transferred into the bodies of the vehicle’s occupants.
How a Chiropractor Can Help You Recover
In most cases, car accident-related injuries don’t manifest themselves externally. Instead, these injuries are of the internal variety: soft tissue injuries like muscle damage and ligament strains, along with back problems related to injured/displaced spinal discs. Spinal damage incurred during a car accident is particularly problematic, and if left untreated it can result in chronic lower back pain, inflamed arthritis, spinal disc degeneration, sore/tight/inflexible muscles, back spasms, neck pain, headaches and poor posture. Meanwhile, joint injuries can speed up the arthritic process (a condition called post-traumatic osteoarthritis), meaning that car accident victims are more liable to develop arthritis at an early age than someone who’s never been in an automobile accident.
All of these symptoms are treatable by an auto accident chiropractor. When you visit a chiropractor in Charlotte, NC soon after your car accident, the chiropractor can accurately assess what parts of your body have been damaged. From there, Dr. Bob can assess where your pain points are and determine whether you’ve incurred any latent injuries that may reveal themselves down the road if they are not already. Once he has a complete understanding of your symptoms, recommendations can be developed that will aid you on the road to full recovery. Our goal is to ease pain, loosen stiff muscles and apply the right corrective measures to your spine, thus eliminating the possibility of recurring problems later in life.
For the best auto accident chiropractic care, choose Active Life Chiropractic. Our clinic in Charlotte, NC provides expert advice and treatment, helping your body heal quickly and correctly.