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Few personal injury incidents are regarded as more traumatic than car accident injuries. A collision with another vehicle or a stationary object can do tremendous damage to the musculoskeletal system, even if you're not aware at first of the extent of your injuries. Relieving your symptoms without surgery or drugs while preventing long-term complications from developing requires a skilled auto injury chiropractor. Here at Dunwoody Chiropractic Center, our own Dr. Patel can help you get over debilitating pain, stiffness, muscle weakness and other common effects of a car accident injury.
You probably already know that many car accident victims experience a neck condition known as whiplash -- but did you know that even a very low-speed impact can be sufficient to cause it? An impact at almost any speed can transfer a great deal of force to the vehicle and its occupants. When this happens, your head flies forward, and then a rebound effect forces the head back again sharply. The action is like the cracking of a whip; unfortunately, the whip in question is your cervical spine. Misalignment of the cervical vertebrae and discs is a common result, and this misalignment can impinge the nerves that relay information to your neck, head, face, shoulder, arms and hands. Many whiplash sufferers experience:
Tearing of the muscles also produces pain and stiffness in the neck.
Other musculoskeletal problems can also occur in a car accident. If the forces of the impact cause twisting or jostling in the spine, you may end up with lower lumbar subluxation and painful sciatica. Injury to the upper part of the spine may cause a condition known as thoracic outlet syndrome, a compression of the space between the first rib and collarbone that produces whiplash-like symptoms.
Even if you have no symptoms at all following a car accident, you need to consult our auto injury chiropractor immediately for a spinal screening. That's because sometimes the injuries don't reveal themselves right away -- and the longer you wait to get them diagnosed, the worse they may become. Dr. Patel can identify where your spine has been thrown out of alignment. Targeted chiropractic adjustments can then bring your spine back into balance, taking the pressure off of nearby nerve roots to relieve your symptoms at the source.
Since muscle damage frequently occurs in a car accident, our Dunwoody chiropractor may also prescribe massage therapy and physical therapy to help you heal. Massage therapy is highly effective at increasing the blood flow to injured tissues, allowing inflammatory substances to drain out while encouraging the transfer of oxygen and healing nutrients. Exercises and other forms of physical therapy are important for building up damaged and weakened muscles, restoring both strength and range of motion. Contact Dunwoody Chiropractic Center today!