Life seems to stop for a moment during a car crash. You think about your health, your life, your possessions, and those you love. After a car crash, on the other hand, things seem to move quickly and frantically.
There’s information to gather at the scene. There are police to call, claims to file, and tow trucks to summon. Sometimes, because of all the madness that follows a car accident, you don’t take enough time to check on your own well-being.
Making sure you are injury-free after an auto accident is crucial, not only for your legal rights, but also for long-term health.
So, how do you know if you need to visit a chiropractor after a car crash?
Here’s what to look out for:
- Unusual Pain and Discomfort – If you think having aches and pains after a car crash is normal and no cause for a chiropractic visit, think again. While they can be harmless sore spots, they can also be signs of something much more serious. Things like muscle pain, joint discomfort, or stiffness of muscles might actually be pointing to soft tissue injuries. If that’s the case, you need medical attention quickly to determine the best route of treatment.
- Symptoms of Whiplash – Whiplash is the most common diagnosis for those involved in car accidents. The pain associated with whiplash is usually hard to ignore, but sometimes it can be more subtle. Be on the lookout for a decreased range of motion, pain, or unusual stiffness in the neck area. You may also feel knots in the neck area. In addition, pain when using your range of motion (tilting head to the side, or turning head to the side) can point to whiplash. Other symptoms may include headaches at the base of the skull or tenderness in the head/neck area. Any of these are signs that you need a chiropractic appointment at Sea Change Wellness Chiropractic.
- Symptoms of a Concussion – If you feel dizzy after an accident, it’s probably not just because the last few seconds felt like a whirlwind. It could be because you have a concussion. You might also notice yourself struggling with general cognition, memory, concentration, and normal sleeping patterns.
- Symptoms of Spinal Misalignment – The forces of the car crash can disrupt the spinal joints, causing instability, shifting, and misalignment. The symptoms of spinal misalignment include: low energy or fatigue, stiff neck or back, numbness, tingling, headaches, and joint pain.
Many of these symptoms overlap, which is all the more reason to see a chiropractor if you begin to experience any after suffering from a car crash.
Tampa Bay area car crash chiropractors Drs. Brian Brill and Heather Champion, D.C, are experienced in the trauma incurred from St. Petersburg car crashes. With their help, you’ll be back to the old you in no time. Call today to schedule an appointment.