Common Auto Accident Injuries

Common Auto Accident Injuries

Being in a motor vehicle accident can be a traumatic experience. Often the resulting injuries are painful and uncomfortable – interfering with daily life. Because the physical symptoms can sometimes take a few days to manifest, it is important to seek the proper care after an accident to ensure any injuries do not worsen. This article will look at the common symptoms that occur after a motor vehicle accident and inform you of how a chiropractic physician can help you recover.

Headaches and Migraines

Headaches are common after a motor vehicle accident. These may result from restrictive movements or muscle spasms in the neck. In the more extreme case, they could result from a concussion or trauma within the skull.

Neck and Shoulder Complaints

Auto accident neck pain

Whiplash is the most common injury. It is damage to the neck’s muscles and ligaments as well as a stretching of the nerves in the neck. This results in a sore neck with some numbness and tingling down to one or both hands.

Low Back Pain

Pain in the lower back may be caused by damage to the ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves or the lumbar disc herniation. The pain may be localized in the lower back or even radiate down the legs to the toes.

Knee Injuries

Knee injuries may result from the knees slamming into the front of the car during an accident. This could result in fractures, sprains or strains within the knee.

Numbness

There can be a general loss of sensation in the arms or legs. This could result from a number of different sources such as: whiplash, disc herniation, or muscles spasm. This issue usually requires some form of imagining such as X-ray or even a MRI.

Dizziness

Dizziness can result from a number of injuries, including: vascular damage, neurological damage, or a concussion. Any dizziness following a motor vehicle accident needs to be followed up with by a medical professional immediately.

It is important to note that after suffering a trauma through a motor vehicle accident, getting an x-ray series of the neck is a necessary and common procedure to allow the doctor to make a proper diagnosis of your injuries.

These symptoms result from common injuries that chiropractors deal with on a weekly basis. In order to assess and diagnose you, the chiropractor will go through a series of orthopedic exams as well as muscle and neurovascular tests. The treatments that follows could involve chiropractic manipulation, soft tissue treatments such as: myofascial release, cupping, active release techniques, or instrument assisted soft tissue release.

The auto accident chiropractors at Pro Chiropractic in Bozeman and Belgrade, Montana are skilled and trained to properly evaluate, diagnose, refer and treat motor vehicle accident patients who are experiencing any of these symptoms. Additionally, they can co-manage your treatment with on-site physical therapy and massage therapy at their sister physical therapy clinics, Pro Physio.