Car accident injuries commonly affect the neck, shoulders, and upper back, although they can also affect the lower back. These injuries typically involve damage to muscles, nerves, ligaments, and other tissue structures in the neck and back. In some cases, car accidents cause injuries to the neck that result in disc herniation. Other car accident injuries include partial or total fractures.
Whiplash occurs when a car accident throws the neck and head back and forth suddenly. This can damage spinal discs in the upper back and neck, as well as ligaments, muscles, and other structures. Common signs of whiplash include neck pain, shoulder pain, upper back pain, neck stiffness, headaches, and nausea. When whiplash isn’t treated, it can end up causing pain and other symptoms that linger or become worse.
Patients should have car accident injuries evaluated after the collision occurs. In some cases, symptoms don’t show up right away. Delaying treatment can cause injuries to become worse or heal improperly, leading to chronic pain. Dr. Knecht can conduct an exam and provide other diagnostic services, such as imaging tests, to determine the type and severity of car accident injuries.
A diagnosis for car accident injuries involves a physical exam to determine where pain is coming from, how severe it is, and what might be causing it. Dr. Knecht might also take X-rays or do other imaging tests for a more in-depth look at the injured area. These imaging tests, such as MRIs, give more detailed information on the type of injuries patients have from car accidents.
Car accident injuries can cause ongoing pain, even with conventional treatments, such as pain medications. Dr. Knecht provides chiropractic care, including manual spinal adjustments, which can provide pain relief. These adjustments bring the spinal discs back into alignment, allowing them to heal properly. Realigning the spine also takes relieves pressure on nerves in the damaged area, which eases pain and other symptoms.
To learn more about chiropractic care for car accident injuries, please contact Knecht Chiropractic Clinic.
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