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Injuries sustained in an auto accident are similar to injuries sustained in contact sports, and for this reason, the therapies used by our clinic are very effective in whiplash type injuries. The physicians at Premier Sports and Spine Center have managed many car accident cases and are focused on quickly and effectively treating both the soft-tissues and joints. Take the time to get the care needed from Premier Sports and Spine Center for yourself or anybody that you know who has experienced an auto accident.

How can chiropractic sports physicians help with whiplash injuries?

Statistics indicate that at some point in their lives, most people will be involved in a car accident requiring chiropractic care.  Injuries sustained can range from very serious to mild sprain/strain type injuries. Research has shown that even low-impact accidents (those under 10 miles per hour) can result in injuries to the neck, back, and shoulders as well as creating incorrect compensation patterns which lead to long term pain issues if left untreated. Usually, these injuries occur in the soft tissues such as ligaments, tendons, and muscles, but in more serious cases the injuries can involve nerves or inter-vertebral discs. If you do have injuries from an auto accident, it is important to receive treatment from a provider who is going to evaluate and treat the joints as well as soft tissues, since “whiplash” usually involves multiple structures.

Whiplash: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment | Premier Sports & Spine

Common Car Accident Injuries

The most common injury in a car accident is called whiplash, which is a combination of ligament sprains and muscle strains.  This usually occurs to the neck, upper back and lower back.  The injury can be complicated by many factors including:

The most common injury in a car accident is called whiplash, which is a combination of ligament sprains and muscle strains.  This usually occurs to the neck, upper back and lower back.  The injury can be complicated by many factors including:

  • If you saw the accident coming or not
  • If you were slightly turned one direction or the other, like looking in the rear view mirror
  • Past history of injury or underlying conditions such as degenerative disc disease, disc bulge, and disc herniation
  • The speed of the cars at the time of the accident
  • If you were the driver or the passenger

While ligament sprains and muscle strains are the most common whiplash injuries in an auto accident, people may also experience sprains, strains, and injuries to other areas of the body such as:

  • Whiplash or other injuries to the shoulder or collarbone from the seat belt
  • Whiplash, sprain/strain, to the TMJ in the jaw
  • Concussion and other head injuries
  • Fractured bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Scrapes and abrasions
  • Bruises
  • Neurologic symptoms, or pinched nerve, from the tension put on nerves of the spine during the whiplash action
  • Disc bulge
  • Disc herniation

If you have been involved in a car accident, seek medical attention right away. Even if you cannot immediately see your injuries, it does not mean that you have not sustained them.

Frequently, accident victims do not notice their injuries until some time has passed. However, even minor disruption to your spinal stabilizers can cause tension in your muscles and spine, potentially creating long term injury if not treated appropriately.

Preventing measures after a car accident

Seeking immediate treatment is the key to reducing the chances of life impacting effects and long-term disability from your injuries. At Premier Sports and Spine Center, we can help you recover properly from an accident by creating an individualized treatment plan to address your specific injuries. Our chiropractors will also provide corrective exercises specific to your injuries to help activate stabilizing muscles that have “turned off” due to pain. Also needed for recovery are  individualized corrective exercises to strengthen and create endurance muscles in the area of injury to prevent future symptoms.

If you have been involved in an automotive accident, you should visit a sports chiropractic physician as soon as possible. The longer you wait to receive treatment for your injuries, the more difficult and painful they can become to correct. A thorough evaluation is the first step toward recovering both physically and emotionally from an accident.

Insurance companies realize the importance of the unique combination of treatment therapies and chiropractic care at Premier Sports and Spine Center and all services are covered whether you are the driver, passenger, or a pedestrian. Premier Sports and Spine Center bills the insurance directly to save you time and make the insurance process as simple as possible, allowing you to focus on recovery.

If you are suffering from a shoulder injury and would like to make an appointment or discuss your condition with one of our sports chiropractors, please contact us or call our scheduling line at 952-479-0043.

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