whiplashLet’s face it: any car accident is scary. Even at very slow speeds, a car accident can wreak major havoc on your body. When two multi-ton vehicles smash into each other, there are going to be problems. Of the 5.6 million car accidents in the U.S. last year, 1.6 million resulted in documented injuries, and even more were likely not reported.

Among all auto-related injuries, whiplash is perhaps the most common and well-known. But whiplash is far from the only injury you’re liable to sustain from an auto accident, and it’s important to remember that late-onset conditions are just as prevalent. Even if you haven’t experienced whiplash, it’s a good idea to see a chiropractor to get checked out after a crash.

The experienced staff at Graybar Chiropractic in Wilmington, Wallace, and Clinton, NC can help shed light on any lingering injuries you may not yet realize you’ve carried away from the accident. A minor ache or pain could turn out to be a long-term condition down the line if it isn’t addressed.

Common car accident injuries

Any time you experience severe trauma like a car accident, there’s a likelihood of spinal problems in the future – even if your spine isn’t directly affected. For example, a broken leg could cause balance issues during your recovery, which throws the spine out of alignment. Head injuries are also common from the skull striking a window, a seat, or the steering wheel. Lower back trauma is liable to push vertebrae out of position, causing a pinched nerve.

Any direct damage to the spinal cord is particularly troublesome. Because of the spinal cord’s critical role in your central nervous system, minor subluxations (misalignments) can wreak havoc in other parts of your body. A slipped or herniated disc may cause issues such as:

  • Tingling or numbness running down the shoulder to hands, or down the legs to feet;
  • Lack of mobility;
  • Lack of balance;
  • Headaches;
  • Neck pain;
  • Muscle weakness and spasms.

And let’s not forget about soft tissue injuries, of which whiplash is the biggest concern. These are the underlying injuries that start as a dull, persistent ache, then lead to limited range of motion, immobility, or chronic conditions. They can also exhibit the symptoms listed above.

What a chiropractor can do for you

You may be lucky enough to have avoided whiplash, however any potential issues with the spine need to be examined. A trained chiropractor will consider your symptoms, review your medical history, and provide a full physical examination. In car accident cases, your chiropractor will likely also recommend X-rays or MRIs to further investigate.

Chiropractors are experts in spinal health. If you have a slipped or herniated disc, a chiropractor can perform spinal adjustments to reset the discs. While some patients experience immediate relief from back pain, typically follow-up sessions are needed to correct any issues that pop up. Your chiropractor may also recommend therapeutic stretches and massage as well, which are useful in dealing with affected soft tissue.

Don’t neglect your spine

Chiropractic is a natural approach to healing that focuses on strengthening the whole body. If you’ve been in a car accident, you can’t afford to skip an appointment with a chiropractor. Trust the friendly professionals at Graybar Chiropractic in Wilmington, Wallace, and Clinton, NC to provide you with invaluable assistance. Contact us today to learn more about our tailored Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach to corrective spinal care and to set up a complimentary consultation.

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.