Common Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents or auto accident injuries and recovery in Jacksonville, FL are very common among all the countries in the world especially in the United States. In fact, around 338,112 cases of car accident occur in the state of Florida in 2010 and 195,104 injuries were sustained ranging from whiplash, disc herniation, and other spinal related injuries. Most accidents will cause injuries even at 10 mph. Often times, you come out of the accident with a sore neck or back and think nothing of it. However, most of the time you don’t realize the long term effect of that injury until years down the line when these aches and discomfort comes back to haunt you. They’re not severe or life threatening pain, but it affects your daily activities and quality of life. Studies have shown that people with chronic discomfort such as neck pain/aches or back aches have a reduced quality of life in their relationships, work, and mood.
Below are some of the most common injuries sustained from a car accident:
This is the most common type of injury which results from a car accident. This is a sudden movement of the head forward and backward. As a result, the victim will experience neck pain due to car accident. A lot of body parts will be affected such as the ligaments, muscles as well as discs and joints of the neck. This may also result to nerve damage from car accident. All these leads to varieties of symptoms like dizziness, shoulder pain, headache, neck pain and stiffness, fatigue, jaw pain (temporomandibular joint symptoms), arm pain, arm weakness, visual disturbances, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and back pain. If you’re suffering from anyone of these symptoms, please seek a specialist who deals with car accident injuries to evaluate and determine the course of treatment to resolve your issue immediately.
• Disc Herniation
Majority of the car accident injuries and recovery results to some sort of injury. It can be as simple as an ordinary sprain/strain or worse a disc herniation. If you look at the anatomy of the spine, you will see that the spinal column’s vertebrae are protected in between with a cushion known as spinal discs. These are gelatinous by nature and leak whenever extreme pressure is exerted on them. As they bulge or herniate, they affect a nerve root causing discomfort and significant pain.
Pains may vary according to the affected area as well. The spinal column is divided into 3 different parts namely; cervical, thoracic and lumbar. If the cervical area is affected, the pain will be radiated to the neck and radiate down the shoulder and arm. Lumbar region disc herniation results to pain localized in the lower back or/and radiating pain down to the legs. Disc herniation is not easily diagnosed by a doctor in the emergency room because their job is to make sure you’re alive and not in any life threatening situations. Patients are only aware that they have such problem once they consult a doctor knowledgeable in car accident injuries.
• Chronic Back Pain
Meanwhile, chronic back pain due to car accident is often a result of lack of care when injuries are not properly assessed and treated. Unlike other types of injuries where it was taken care of early, the soreness and achiness resulting from car accidents will lead to a chronic condition. Injuries of any physical structure should be treated properly to allow the body to heal properly. Lack of this maintenance of our body will only result in rapid deterioration of the spine, joints, and muscles.
How A Jacksonville Chiropractor and Allopathic Medicine Can Help
Chiropractors are trained to alleviate neuromusculoskeletal problems and spinal alignment. Hence, we can help in the relief of pain and discomfort of the spine from any source of injuries. We employ this skill to restore spine movements among our patients especially those in car accident victims. We also aid in muscle spasm reduction, alleviation in muscle pain and inflammation and help in preventing scar tissue formation. With proper manipulation, we help in the recovery of tendons and ligament problems caused by car accident injury. Most of all, they help avoid long term problems that result from your car accident injury. Visit or call our Jacksonville or Orange Park, FL office if you have an auto accident injury.