With the number of individuals driving and cars on the road, motor vehicle accidents are quite a common occurrence.
These accidents often result in injuries that can be sustained from either the impact of another car or your body hitting an element within your own car.
While these injuries can range from unpleasant to downright debilitating, there are safe, non-invasive, and effective methods for treatment.
As a reminder, it is crucial to seek medical after any vehicular accident, even if you do not feel hurt at the time. Many times, injuries take time to set in and can have detrimental effects, especially if left untreated.
Common Auto Injuries
- Whiplash and Other Neck Injuries- One of the most common complaints after an accident is of course, whiplash. The back and forth whipping motion strains the muscles and ligaments of the neck, causing pain, stiffness, tenderness in the surrounding areas. While symptoms of whiplash may take time to appear, they can sometimes linger for weeks or longer.
- Back Injuries- The sudden impact from car accidents may also result in herniated, slipped, or bulging discs. It can also cause or exacerbate sciatica—pressure on the sciatic nerve in the lower back. This will often cause shooting pain that radiates down the leg and numbness and/or tingling in the extremities.
- Nerve Damage- The harm from a collision may also result in nerve damage or neuropathy by stretching or compressing the nerves in the injured area.
- Joint, Muscle, Or Ligament Injuries- Trauma to the elbows, knees, shoulders, elbows, hips, or other joints can also occur from the impact. At times, this may be felt in the ligaments and muscles surrounding those joints as well and manifest in tears, strains, and inflammation.
Treatments for Auto Injuries
Chiropractic Care– Our doctors may recommend gentle, but effective chiropractic adjustments if misaligned vertebrae are the source of the patient’s discomfort following a car accident. The goal with manual adjustments is to improve mobility within the spine and return the vertebrae to its proper alignment.
Since the spine is your body’s central support structure, a healthy spine can improve communication between the brain and rest of the body and may encourage the body’s natural ability to heal.
Regenerative Medicine– For those with even more severe injuries or chronic pain, regenerative medicine has shown very promising results. Our treatments are effective and natural—making use of the body’s own healing mechanisms to treat the cause of your pain without the need for invasive surgeries or addictive narcotics.
One treatment we use is platelet-rich plasma therapy. Platelet-rich plasma treatments (or PRP) make use of the body’s own healing properties to stimulate renewal and help to ease pain. The procedure first involves a doctor drawing a small amount of blood from the patient.
The blood is then run through a centrifuge to further concentrate the platelet-rich plasma, which contains components essential for growth healing functions. Therefore, when injected directly into the injured or ailing body tissue, these growth factors stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells the body can produce.
If you or someone you know is searching for a long-term, effective solution to an injury sustained in a car accident, call our center today for a complimentary consultation.