Auto Accident Injuries Might Not be Immediately Apparent
Moments or even days after a car accident, you might have some minor pain, or you might even feel fine. Then, a few days later, you could feel intense pain from a hidden injury. At Dewald Chiropractic in Palmdale CA, our chiropractor has treated victims with hidden injuries from accidents for more than 20 years. For example, an auto accident injury like whiplash might not cause immediate symptoms. It's not unusual for these injuries to take a few days to manifest themselves. The most common hidden injury from a car accident is whiplash.
What Is Whiplash?
It takes less than a second for a whiplash injury to result from an auto accident impact. It's also known as an acceleration-deceleration injury that happens when a person's head and neck are violently thrust forward and snap backward. Here are some common symptoms of a whiplash injury:
- Neck pain, stiffness, and loss of range of motion.
- Shoulder pain.
- Headaches originating from the base of the skull.
- Blurred vision.
- Pain traveling down one arm.
- Weakness in one arm.
- Jaw pain directly below an ear.
How Our Chiropractor Treats Whiplash
The structure of your spine at the level of your neck is known as the cervical spine. It consists of seven vertebrae, discs, nerves, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The spinal cord also travels through those vertebrae. After a thorough examination that might include imaging, our chiropractor will isolate the source of a patient's whiplash pain and discomfort. This is almost always caused by misaligned vertebrae. He will then begin treating that misalignment by using gentle spinal manipulation to realign those vertebrae. Other therapies, like electronic muscle stimulation, trigger point therapy, or massage might also be used along with chiropractic adjustments. They're all painless, and no surgical procedures are involved. As opposed to medications that mask symptoms, chiropractic treatment for an auto accident injury targets the actual source of the injury that causes the symptoms. That source is almost always found in damage to the structure of the spine.
Whiplash can Worsen Without Treatment
Don't wait to obtain care and treatment for your injuries. If you don't get help for your car accident whiplash right away, your symptoms are likely to worsen and last considerably longer. After suffering whiplash or any other type of suspected spinal injury, contact our Palmdale, CA, clinic, Dewald Chiropractic, right away by calling 661-266-3500 for an examination. After that, we can discuss a customized treatment plan for you. We realize the urgency of your need for care and treatment right after an accident, so we'll fit you in. We promise to treat the source of your injuries and not just the symptoms.