Car accidents in Columbus can be one of the most frightening and confusing experiences that someone can go through. Often, most people are worried about the damage to their vehicle or their insurance coverage. They often neglect the most important aspect of any collision - their personal health.
Car accidents cause many people to seek out chiropractic care in Columbus. Seeking out care in a timely fashion is incredibly important. In fact, timely care can be the most important factor in the outcome of your overall condition. A common injury in a collision, whiplash, occurs when the head and neck are suddenly whipped forward and back or side to side. Most times, people have no idea they were injured during a collision until days or even weeks after the fact. Initially, the effects of the injuries can be short-lived and people don't seek care until the problem is persistent or leads to other issues.
If you have been injured in an accident, this article will help you understand the nature of the injury and how chiropractic care may be able to help you!
In a collision, contact sport (like football), or physical trauma (like assault); the head and neck can be whipped forcefully. Unfortunately, most people believe that the most serious injuries following a trauma are immediately noticeable. People also believe that there must be a high speed impact in order to get injured in an accident. These two misconceptions often keep people from seeking out serious care after an auto injury. Therefore, it is important to keep in mind that there are many different injuries that can happen from various types of accidents.
Research shows that cars travelling at just 5 mph at the time of impact is able to create the forces necessary to cause a whiplash injury. Certain injuries such as dislocations, fractures, cuts, and concussions are immediately noticeable. Other forms of damage to the musculature, ligaments, tendons, blood vessels, and nerves may not be noticeable for months or even years. At this point, insurance companies may not be held liable for the damages. That's why it is important for you to undergo a complete evaluation after your accident by a professional that familiar with these injuries. Your doctor at Potent Chiropractic is here to help you after your accidents.
Whiplash describes the motion of the head being whipped forcefully during an accident or other trauma. The whiplash motion can have different results:
The symptoms and degree of severity of injury can range from mild to severe. Injuries tend to be more significant when your headrest is positioned too low. It is highly recommended to receive a spinal exam and x-ray after a collision injury so that the degree of injury can be properly evaluated. Following
As mentioned previously, chiropractors are one of the few primary health care providers who specialize in treating the musculoskeletal system. Just as a person consults with a cardiologist for concerns about their heart, many people seek care and advice from chiropractors regarding musculoskeletal injuries. While whiplash injuries are not always immediately evident, they are actually considered one of the most common injuries sustained during car accidents. The strain that the forces causing whiplash injuries place on the spine are capable of causing damage to the muscles, ligaments, and nerves responsible for supporting your head and neck. If these seemingly minor injuries are not corrected, they often produce a snowball effect leading to multiple neurological and musculoskeletal symptoms. In fact, it has been found that whiplash injuries are often responsible for early degeneration of the vertebrae throughout your spine, as well as symptoms such as pain and headaches. Since automobile injuries can involve many systems throughout the body, finding a doctor who is able to address each area is important. Our team at Potent Chiropractic in Columbus will create an individualized treatment plan that encompasses chiropractic adjustments, active and passive physical therapy, exercise programs, and possibly nutritional modifications to help speed up the recovery process.
As you can see, seeking care immediately after an automobile accident can mean the difference between recovery and a lifetime of pain. If you have been in a car accident or know someone who has, please contact our office as soon as possible to schedule a consultation.