Below is an educational post from a good pal of mine. He’s a chiropractor in Gaithersburg, so listen up!
If you or someone close to you has recently been involved in a vehicle accident, chances are, you need to be seen by a chiropractor.
One of the most debilitating and common injuries from a car crash are the symptoms of “whiplash.” Whiplash can occur whenever an impact causes a sudden, jerking movement of the head backward, forward or even to the side. Whiplash can destabilize the spine, cause alignment issues, soft tissue damage, and can also cause severe pain as well as some of these other symptoms:
• Blurred vision
• Neck pain
• Dizziness or vertigo
• Shoulder pain
• Arm pain
• Stiffness of the neck
• Lower back pain
It is critical that you seek chiropractic care immediately after a car crash. If you allow your whiplash symptoms you run the risk of causing yourself long-term or permanent injury or pain. The severity of the physical effects of an automobile accident are not always evident immediately following the crash. Sometimes it can take days, weeks or even months for your symptoms to appear, which is why getting chiropractic care soon after the crash can be essential for maintaining the health of your spine.
Any time your body is jarred or unexpectedly pushed beyond its normal range of motion, you can sustain injuries such as stretched or torn tendons or ligaments, herniated discs, and other problems. Tissues supporting the head and neck are especially susceptible to this type of trauma during a collision. Since we chiropractors specialize in the care and treatment of bones, muscles, nerves and connective tissue, it’s a near-imperative to visit us after an auto accident.
Getting immediate chiropractic care and treatment means you’re more likely to realize full recovery, experience less pain, and heal more quickly than without. Even a minor collision that seems benign–with minimal damage to the car itself–can still cause serious injury to the driver or passengers. Studies have shown than an impact of just 10 miles-per-hour can induce g-forces of up to 9G’s in the neck!
Chiropractic treatments help restore your mobility and function. Don’t cheat yourself if you’ve been involved in a car crash. You could have insidious injuries to your body and not even know it–until it may be too late. Give us a call out our Rockville/Gaithersburg Chiropractic Clinic at (301) 963-6700 or visit us online at http://rockvillechiropractor.clinic.