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From whiplash to back pain, our Lake Worth chiropractor treats common auto accident injuries. If you are experiencing aches and pains after a car accident do not wait to seek treatment. Even if you initially feel ‘okay’, it is still important to receive a full diagnostic exam. It can sometimes take weeks after an accident injury for pain to be noticeable. At this point, however, scar tissue may have already started to form, slowing down the healing process and aggravating the injury. Early diagnosis and treatment will help your body heal faster and better manage pain after auto accident injuries.
Whiplash is one of the most common auto accident injuries affecting Lake Worth patients. Distracted driving is a serious problem nationwide, thanks in part to our addiction to our cell phones, checking text messages and even taking ‘selfies’. Even with hands-free cell phone ordinances and laws, gazing down at the phone while driving means precious seconds where a driver’s attention is not on the road. An increase in fender benders at stop signs and intersections means an increase in whiplash injuries.
A whiplash injury can occur at speeds as slow as 5mph. The rear-impact force “whips” the cervical spine backwards and forwards, knocking it beyond its normal range of motion. This can result in a misaligned cervical spine that causes neck pain, reduced mobility, soreness and stiffness and headaches at the base of the skull. Other common whiplash injury symptoms include: tenderness or pain in the shoulders, upper back or arms; tingling or numbness in the arm; fatigue; dizziness; blurred vision; ringing in the ears; sleep disturbances; difficulty concentrating on simple tasks; and even memory problems. Whiplash pain does not simply “go away” over time. While some stiffness and soreness may naturally diminish, as long as the cervical spine remains misaligned, accident victims will continue to suffer from pain, mobility restrictions, and health problems.
Chiropractic adjustments are a safe and effective technique for treating a whiplash injury. These adjustments restore correct alignment, relieve nerve compression, and help the body begin to safely heal. Depending on the extent of your whiplash injury, you may also benefit from physiotherapy treatments to bring a greater range of mobility back to the neck, shoulders and upper body.
Lower back injuries are also common auto accident injuries. The spine may twist unnaturally in response to the force of an accident’s impact. This abrupt movement can cause a slipped or herniated disc in the lower spine. Accident victims may suffer from back pain or sciatica, a pain condition where the herniated disc compresses the sciatic nerve. Just like with whiplash injury treatment, chiropractic care is an effective treatment option for restoring correct spinal alignment and supporting whole body health from within.
Don’t let a common auto accident injury slow you down. For more information on Lake Worth auto accident injury treatment, contact our auto accident chiropractor, Dr. Jack J. Cacic, today at (561) 909-4932.