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The Importance of Seeking Chiropractic Care After an Auto Accident

person with neck pain after auto accidentA rush hour fender bender. A high-speed crash. A side-impact collision. Regardless of the type of auto accident, most people are more concerned about the damage to their vehicle more than the damage to their body. Remember: a car can be repaired or replaced, but your body is irreplaceable. This is the only body you will have for the rest of your life.

The Effects of an Impact

The human body isn’t designed to go more than 10-15 mph. That’s about the fastest a human being can run. If you ran into a tree at 10 mph, you would likely get injured.

But if you’re in a car and get in an accident at 40-50 mph, that’s 4-5 times the speed the body should travel, so it can damage the ligaments which hold the bones together. That impact can also damage the muscles and tendons which control and move the bones, as well as the discs which are the cushions between the bones of the neck and the back.

‘But I Feel Fine’

Sometimes people don’t experience pain immediately following an accident. Or they’ll ignore their aches and pains, thinking they will just go away in time. Sometimes they do, and sometimes they get worse.

After a car accident, many symptoms can manifest. Some of them may not arise immediately. Sometimes people experience symptoms days, weeks or even months after an accident, and they fail to attribute them to the accident unless they experienced symptoms instantaneously afterward. That’s why it’s important to get examined and treated, if necessary, as soon as possible.

Post-Accident Symptoms

Here are some common symptoms people may experience in the days, weeks, and even months following an auto accident:

  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Abdominal pain (from seatbelt or airbag)
  • Shoulder
  • Knee and ankle pain
  • Hip pain
  • Chest or sternum pain (from seatbelt or airbag)
  • Extremity pain
  • Mid-back pain
  • Radiating pain or numbness into the arms or legs

How Chiropractic May Help

Chiropractic care will get everything realigned properly, so the tissues can heal. In the process of doing that, symptoms dissipate, and people feel better and their functions improve. Our natural chiropractic care may help people of all ages including infants, kids, teens and adults involved in an auto accident.

If you or a loved one was in an auto accident, please contact us today. We want to give you the healing help you need to recover.

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