A car crash is one of the most stressful situations you can experience, even if you don't suffer from any major injuries. Damage to your joints, ligaments and muscles can appear as symptoms days or even weeks after the event, so it's never safe to assume you're completely injury-free without professional advice. At Linn Chiropractic of Norfolk, we care for patients with a wide variety of injuries due to car crashes. Back pain from auto accidents is just one of the most common symptoms we see, you can experience pain and stiffness in every part of your body as a result of an automobile accident.
The first step in healing from an auto accident is to call our office to make an appointment, even if you're not suffering from any symptoms right away. Our chiropractors, Drs. Linn and Stender, will begin your chiropractic care by giving you a complete examination, including a spinal x-ray if necessary, to determine what injuries or damage has been done.
The most common injury in auto accidents is whiplash, which can even occur in low-impact car crashes, even those as slow as 3 miles per hour. With whiplash, your head bends backward, then snaps forward quickly, hyperextending at both ends. Whiplash can cause sore or stiff necks, as well as shoulder pain, dizziness, headache and reduced range of motion. Whiplash can also extend to other parts of the body, causing back problems, ligament troubles and problems with spinal discs. You may have whiplash and not even realize it, thinking you're just naturally feeling sore and achy after the accident.
If left untreated, whiplash injuries could worsen or reach into other parts of the body, lasting even months after the initial event. Therefore it's so important to contact our office as soon as possible after you experience an auto accident.
Treating Back Pain After an Accident
The appropriate treatment for whiplash and other auto accident injuries varies from patient to patient. After an examination and consultation, our doctor will create a series of treatments that's right for your body and your injuries. Some of the techniques employed might be:
- Muscle relaxation or stimulation
- Spinal manipulation
- Exercises done both in the office and at home
- Lifestyle and ergonomic changes
We practice holistic healing in our office, which means we believe that the entire body is connected, with one part affecting many others. Instead of treating one pain at a time, we treat your body as a system to be tuned and corrected, which relieves your pain and prevents further damage from happening.
Your Post-Accident Treatments in Norfolk
If you've experienced an auto accident, even a minor one, the smartest thing to do is to call our office for a consultation. Reach us at (402) 371-8864 for an appointment today.