Have you or a loved one been involved in an auto accident? Most people who walk away from an auto accident without sustaining major injuries do so thanking their lucky stars. But, before you celebrate too jubilantly, it’s absolutely critical and essential to see a corrective care chiropractor to make sure you’re not leaving the accident scene with the makings of a chronic issue.
A car accident at any speed is a traumatic experience for your spine. From the inertia that pushes your body around, to the sharp motions that result in whiplash for your neck, your spine is bound to suffer during and after an accident, even if you don’t have any cuts, bruises, or broken bones. Visiting a chiropractor could yield insight into areas of concern in your spine post-accident and help you remedy them before they turn into something worse.
Take a look at some of the more common chronic conditions that can develop as the result of spinal trauma from an auto accident that’s left untreated:
- Whiplash: Whiplash is both the action and the ongoing condition that results from your cervical spine swinging violently backward and forward after a collision. As this happens, it can cause micro-tears in the muscle and ligaments that support this region of your neck and head. Untreated, whiplash can cause permanent mobility conditions in the neck, long-term stiffness, and chronic pain. It could also generate problems with your hearing and vision, as this area of the spine is home to nerve pathways for these senses.
- Herniated discs: Rapid compression of the spine can cause the discs between your vertebrae to slip out or shift to the side. Even after your spine decompresses post-impact, these discs may remain out of alignment, which results in a loss of buffer between vertebrae. A slipped disc can be responsible for everything from pinched nerves to chronic back pain, as well as loss of feeling in certain areas of your body. Depending on where the disc is slipped and which vertebrae are affected, you may also see conditions such as tremors or restless leg syndrome (RLS) develop.
- Compression fractures: At high speeds your spine can’t handle the movements of your body and is therefore unable to act as a shock absorber. What happens instead is a dramatic compression of your spine, resulting in compression fractures. This extremely painful condition opens the floodgates to a number of chronic conditions, including long-term pain, hunched posture (kyphosis), and even permanent mobility issues.
- Spondylolisthesis: A low back condition that occurs when one vertebrae slips out of alignment onto the one below it, this condition frequently accompanies herniated disks. The chronic conditions that arise from this type of injury are prolific, but commonly focus on nerve interruption. Numbness in the extremities, tremors, phantom pain, or loss of muscle control in different areas of the body can all be traced back to spondylolisthesis.
Even if you feel fine post-accident, it’s imperative that you seek an evaluation from a chiropractor in Seattle, WA. Stability Health Center specializes in assessing spinal health after an auto accident and we’re dedicated to ensuring that you’re truly walking away from this traumatic experience in ideal health. Waste no time in scheduling a free consultation with us today if you’ve recently been in an accident. Using a Chiropractic BioPhysics approach to evaluate you, we can help determine the exact health of your unique spine!
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.