Car Accident Chiropractor Santa Clara, CA
Car Accident Chiropractor
Millions of accidents happen everyday. It is estimated that one out of three motor or vehicular accidents result in some kind of injury. These injuries can affect any part of the body depending on the impact and the circumstances of the crash. However, the most serious accidents are those that result in no pain or other symptoms.
That’s right, NO SYMPTOMS. Here’s the reasons why:
Alright, alright, yes, some accidents are so minor that there are no injuries or resulting symptoms. But in many others, the injuries still occurred, but with no pain or any other symptoms. And you think “Yeah!! Dodged another bullet!” But the injury is still there, like a torn tendon, ligament or muscle. And its torn just so slightly that it doesn’t cause pain, but its torn enough to start the cascade of degenerating events that shows up 10+ years later as a degenerated disc and vertebra, usually in your neck. Your MD may say that the degeneration is due to getting older. If that’s the case, look at the other vertebrae above the degenerating disc. They show no signs of degeneration; thus they must by younger vertebrae. Obviously not so. The degeneration was caused by the whiplashing of the neck from the car accident 10 or more years ago. So if there’s no pain after the accident, how would a chiropractor know if there was an injury? Read on.
A simple series of tests to your neck muscles will tell the most
They include active, passive, and resisted range of motion tests. If there’s pain upon active motion, more than likely there’s a tear in the ligaments around some of the neck joints. If there is pain upon passive motion, more than likely there’s a tear in the ligaments between the bones. If there’s pain upon resisted motion, more than likely there’s a tear in the muscles. These types of ‘hidden’ injuries often are not visible on x-rays, MRIs or CT scans.
Then again, some accidents result in pain. The most common car accident injuries requiring immediate chiropractic treatment are as follows:
Head and neck injuries
These are some of the most common injuries that drivers and passengers suffer. Head injuries may range from mild concussion to traumatic brain injuries. At times there will be no visible sign of injury or trauma, but the brain may have been jarred inside the skull due to the impact of the crash. Bruises, cuts and other injuries may also be evident.
Neck injuries may be categorized as mild i.e. whiplash and neck strain, to more serious cases such as cervical radiculopathy and disc injury. The recovery period is usually six to nine months. Chiropractors use instruments or manual manipulation of the spine to restore the normal movement and position of the spinal vertebrae. It is often treated with massage therapy, trigger-point therapy, exercise rehabilitation and/or soft tissue rehabilitation.
Like neck injuries, they range from mild to very serious conditions. Back injuries include sprains, strains, fractures, disc injuries, thoracic spine injuries, lumbar radiculopathy and lumbar spine injury. They can show up even after a long period of time, and may cause long lasting pain and severe discomfort.
Early chiropractic evaluation, including orthopedic and neurological examinations, should be done to check the injuries. The Chiropractor will check the alignment of your spine and will also check for irritated nerves that lead to muscle spasms and other injuries.
These injuries can be caused by almost anything during an accident such as the face hitting the steering wheel, airbag, windshield, dashboard, side window, car seats or from shattered glass. Its severity ranges from scrapes and bruises, to lacerations and fractures. Temporomandibular disorders of the jaw (TMJ) and serious dental injuries can also result from car accidents. After the initial physical examination, the chiropractor may carry out mild physical adjustments or provide therapy.
Car accidents are not limited to inflicting pain and physical injuries. At times, aside from mild to serious physical injuries, accidents lead to loss of life. Drivers or passengers may suffer short or long term psychological trauma such as emotional distress and apprehension when driving.
Prolonged distress can even lead to a condition similar to post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD after a car accident. After conducting a physical examination, the Chiropractor will also conduct a neurological examination to evaluate cranial and peripheral nerves for sensory or motor damage. Massage therapy can be provided to help relax the patient and alleviate the effects of the accident.
Immediately after any car accident, the paramedics will carefully apply a neck and spinal support to the patient. Doing so helps prevent further injuries and can even save the life of the patient.
It is also critical that patients seek chiropractic care immediately after a car accident since untreated injuries may lead to long term and more serious problems. Providing early care and treatment simply means faster healing and recovery.
Even if a car accident is considered simple, it may still lead to more serious injuries. Chiropractic treatments are the perfect solution in restoring the body. They help relieve pain, and can help with any necessary adjustments needed with spine alignment, through massage or foam roller techniques.
If you’ve been in a car accident no matter how minor, please give us a call and let us tell you if there are any hidden injuries.