Auto Injury Center
Greensboro Auto Injury Center
The Importance of Immediate Chiropractic Care After a Car Accident
Common Auto Accident Injuries and Symptoms
The nature of your injuries will likely depend on the size and type of vehicle you and the other party were driving and the speed and direction of the impact. However, even a minor fender bender at five miles per hour or less can cause serious injuries. Some of the most common car accident injuries we diagnose and treat patients for include:
• Upper, middle and lower back pain due to bulging discs, herniated discs, or spinal subluxations.
• Neck pain due to small tears in the neck and shoulder muscles. The most frequent cause of neck pain is whiplash caused by rear and head on collisions.
• Soft tissue tears and bruising throughout the body can result from even minor impacts.
• Flexion and transverse fractures often result from high impact collisions while passengers are wearing seat belts. This pain can extend from the upper back into the neck and shoulders.
• Dislocation fractures are immediately apparent and require medical attention. However, our Greensboro chiropractor can help you heal once your fractured area is set.
• Muscle stiffness, swelling, and spasms in certain areas may result from your car accident.
Auto Accident Injury Treatment in Greensboro at Healing Hands Chiropractic
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Chiropractic Care for Back Pain from an Auto Accident from a Greensboro NC Chiropractor
Chiropractic care in Greensboro, NC is as close to you as our facility located on Cornwallis Drive. At Healing Hands Chiropractic, we give residents in the area a place to find pain relief and heal from various injuries from an auto accident. We offer treatment for whiplash, back pain and other injuries that result from a car accident. We utilize natural treatments that not only help with the pain but also promote healing.
Injuries from Auto Accidents
Chiropractic Treatment for Back Pain from Auto Accidents
Our chiropractor may conduct a spinal alignment, also referred to as a spinal adjustment, in order to realign the spine. During this particular treatment, our chiropractor uses manual force to move the discs and vertebrae in the spine. When they line up properly, it takes pressure off of the disc, so it’s able to heal more effectively. A spinal alignment will also allow blood to flow more optimally, which means the injured area receives the nutrients it needs to heal.
Another technique we might utilize for your back pain is deep tissue laser therapy. Using light energy, we target the area of your back where you’re experiencing pain. The light energy reaches the soft tissue in the body and lessens both pain and inflammation. The laser therapy triggers the blood to flow more effectively to the area, which means more nutrients reach the region. The increase in nutrients allows the injury to heal better. We might also use exercise therapy. The chiropractor will coach you through exercises that reduce pain and help with the recovery process, in particular, by increasing flexion.
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Whiplash from an Auto Accident in Greensboro
What to Do After an Auto Accident
You’re going to be rattled and possibly in shock after an auto accident. Although you might not feel much pain yet, it’s crucial you go to a hospital. There, a doctor or other medical professional can examine you and treat your injuries.
What Is Whiplash?
It’s possible you got whiplash from your accident. Whiplash occurs when the impact of the accident forces your body forward, unnaturally stretching the muscles in the neck, back, and sometimes shoulders. These muscles become inflamed, leading to swelling, tenderness, immobility, and intense pain.
Whiplash occurs during a car accident when the neck is propelled forward then backward rapidly. Most commonly, this neck issue happens as a result of rear-end collisions. Whiplash, also known as a neck sprain or strain, causes pain as a result of the soft tissue damage. It’s also possible when you have whiplash that you’ll also have damage to the nerves. Generally, this neck injury heals over the course of a few months. Some people who have whiplash will experience problems years after the automobile accident.
Why Does It Take So Long to Feel Pain?
That said, you might not feel your whiplash right away, even if you are seriously injured. This is because of the potent cocktail of chemicals flowing through your body right after the auto accident.
As mentioned, you may be in shock. This will numb you to almost everything, even your pain for a while. The adrenaline that courses through you after such a terrifying ordeal can also prevent you from feeling pain.
Once you start to calm down though, typically a few hours later, you’ll start noticing pain and stiffness. That’s why you shouldn’t wait to go to the hospital.
Symptoms of Whiplash
If you should happen to develop whiplash during a car accident, you’ll usually develop symptoms within 48 hours, but most people experience symptoms within 24 hours. You might have neck pain and stiffness, and the pain may worsen as you move your neck.
The pain usually starts at the base of the skull. You might lose the range of motion in your neck as well. Tenderness in the shoulder, arm or upper back is possible, too. You might experience nerve-related problems such as numbness or tingling in your arms. Dizziness and fatigue are possible. Other potential symptoms of whiplash include the following:
- Ringing in your ears
- Blurred vision
- Sleep disturbances
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory issues
Chiropractic Treatments for Whiplash Pain
Your doctor at the hospital may recommend you see a chiropractor for your whiplash pain. There are two chiropractic techniques that are especially useful in treating the pain and stiffness associated with whiplash. These are the Active Release Techniques (ART) and the Graston Technique, both of which we’ll explain more in-depth.
Active Release Techniques (ART)
The Active Release Techniques reduces the pain associated with overworked muscles, such as whiplash. This technique is also used to reduce symptoms of tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, shoulder pain, shin splints, carpal tunnel, back pain, and headaches.
With the Active Release Techniques, the chiropractor can reach deep to the nerves, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and muscles via their hands. This treatment provides oxygen to the muscles, treats small muscle tears, and soothes muscle pain over time.
The Graston Technique also reaches deep to the tissue level to treat pain. The chiropractor will use soft-tissue instruments. With this treatment, the soft tissue will gradually heal, connective tissue health will be restored, and scar tissue will be reduced for a better range of motion.
About Healing Hands Chiropractic, Your Greensboro Chiropractor
If you’ve been in an auto accident and you have whiplash, come see us at Healing Hands Chiropractic, your Greensboro chiropractor. Our chiropractors specialize in the above techniques as well as spinal decompressions.
Common Mistakes After A Car Accident
The Most Serious Mistakes To Avoid After a Car Accident
Mistake #1: Failing to seek immediate treatment from a doctor after an auto accident. Each year, 10% of the population will be involved in an automobile accident. 20% of all accidents lead to SERIOUS and long-term injuries, yet 30% of those involved never seek treatment.
Mistake #2: Taking pain medications and muscle relaxers to mask an injury. Pain is your body’s alarm bell telling you something is wrong. Masking pain with medication is like taking the batteries out of the smoke detector. You are turning off the alarm instead of putting out the fire.
Mistake #3: Not treating the cause of your pain after an accident. Drugs only mask your pain for a few hours. When they wear off, your symptoms return. In our clinics, we put 100% of our focus on reducing your pain by focusing on the cause of your pain. This approach has helped thousands of our patients to heal properly.
Mistake #4: Not consulting with a skilled professional who specializes in fast, effective pain relief for injuries caused by automobile accidents, work-related injuries, and other minor trauma.
Mistake #5: Not making a chiropractic visit your top priority after an accident. Chiropractic focuses on correcting the cause of your pain, not simply “covering it up.”
Mistake #6: Not understanding that auto insurance usually pays for treatment without up-front fees. Our office will work with your attorney, insurance adjuster, or private insurance company to avoid payment of services out of your pocket.
Mistake #7: Confusing what’s most urgent with what’s most important. So many people focus their entire lives on what’s urgent at the moment, instead of focusing on what’s most important. Make sure scheduling a consultation at one of our offices carries the utmost importance.
Mistake #8: Procrastinating after an accident. Why procrastinate if you are in pain? Call the office most convenient for you TODAY! A consultation with the doctor is always at no charge, and we can better assess your needs after speaking with you.