When you get into a wreck, your car goes from moving ahead, to a dead stop, but your body stays in motion. This forces your entire body to jerk forward and backward, or side to side. The sudden whipping motion strains or tears ligaments, tendons, or muscles.
Following an automobile accident, you’re in shock. You may not realize the degree of trauma you’ve experienced. Plus, it takes time for inflammation to build up. This is why you may walk away thinking you’re perfectly fine when in reality, you have a lingering strain or whiplash injury that doesn’t surface until the following day.
Whiplash is an injury to your neck and shoulders. It’s a strain of intervertebral joints, ligaments, muscles, discs, and roots. These injuries occur when your head jerks from side to side, or front to back. Often, whiplash is associated with car accidents, although you also can have a whiplash injury from a severe slip and fall or another type of trauma.
Most men and women who have been in a car accident report feeling their worst pain the day after their car accident, or two to three days later. You are going to be sore, inflamed, and swollen, even after a minor accident. While you should take a few days to heal and rest, get to a doctor as soon as you can.
Even during your initial healing period, you can start treatments at Advanced Back and Neck Center. Your treatment plan generally starts with gentle, soft tissue treatments such as:
As inflammation subsides, your chiropractor may start you on chiropractic adjustments. Manually adjusting your skeleton realigns vertebrae that may have been forced out of place during your car accident. This improves energy and blood flow, ultimately helping you heal as quickly as possible. Your chiropractor even has specialized tools to help realign your spine if you’re too sore for traditional manual adjustments.
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