There’s a high risk of back and neck injury when involved in a car accident, as these parts of the body are quite sensitive to sudden forces and movement. When a car slams into you, or you slam into another car, the inertia created by the other vehicle involved will cause everything within the car (including your body) to move in that direction. However, with things to block you like the seatbelt, airbag, or steering wheel, your momentum gets stopped short, causing lots of stressful pressure on your back and neck.
If you’re experiencing back pain after a car accident, there are some things you should know. Being aware of the possibility of injury and how to treat it will help you find the right treatment and ensure you get back to full health as soon as possible.
Common Car Crash Back Injuries
Whiplash is that jerking motion your spine endures as you’re propelled forward and quickly stopped in your tracks. Because of the nature of the injury, it’s especially common in head-on collisions. Your spine’s not made to handle that kind of motion, which can cause pain and disorientation long after the accident. If you begin to notice symptoms of whiplash, no matter how long after your crash, you should immediately seek the medical attention of a car accident chiropractor, like our experts at Sea Change Wellness in St. Petersburg.
- Discogenic Injuries
Discogenic injuries occur when there is damage to the spinal disc such as a disc bulge or herniation. These injuries can push in towards the spinal cord resulting in spinal stenosis. If left untreated, discogenic injuries can even result in degenerative disc disease. The pain can present itself during moments of stillness or activity, and sufferers often report a sharp, shooting pain either localized in one area or reaching as far down as the feet.
- Facet Injuries
Facets help support your body’s weight and help manage the movement between your vertebras. When a facet injury occurs, patients report muscle spasms and joint freezing. Chiropractic care is a great treatment option for these kinds of injuries, as the therapeutic massage and alignment can help relieve spasms and restore proper functioning order to the joint.
Whether you’re suffering from whiplash, discogenic or facet back injuries after being involved in an auto accident, you can find relief at the office of Sea Change Wellness in St. Petersburg, FL. Drs. Heather Champion, Brian Brill, and Greg Krzeminskil are experienced car accident chiropractors, helping patients find natural and effective ways to relieve pain and treat injury.
Call us today to set up your appointment and find relief before you know it.