Urgent Care for Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that an approximate 2.34 million Americans are injured in car accidents each year, costing the U.S. Government $230.6 billion per year, or an average of $820 per person.
With those statistics, it’s no surprise that there are a significant number of Americans living with pain. Instead of relying on prescription drugs to relieve the symptoms, addressing and resolving the underlying issues should be the core focus that you and your auto injury specialist in Florida address.
More often than not, however, injuries sustained in a car accident are not always obvious. It’s important to be completely checked out by auto accident doctors who can identify those subtle injuries that could translate into long-term neck or back pain if left untreated.
Whether or not you plan on seeking legal recourse after your accident, visiting a doctor that can address your injuries is integral to your long-term wellbeing. Our auto accident chiropractors will assess your body for a number of injuries after a car accident.
Neck strain as a result of a quick impact that snaps your head forward or backward has commonly been called whiplash. While this kind of neck pain can be immediate, it can also take hours to represent itself. Seeing a car accident chiropractor immediately after an accident can ensure that your neck strain is identified and dealt with — especially as whiplash can result in a concussion.
Signs that you could be experiencing whiplash include:
- Neck pain or stiffness
- Lack of range of motion, or pain with motion
- A headache that starts at the base of your skull
- Shoulder, upper back, or arm tenderness
While whiplash is commonly thought of as the result of a rear-end collision, whiplash can also be sustained during contact sports or physical abuse. In any of these cases, you could also experience fractures or other tissue damage. This is why it’s integral to be fully checked out by a car accident doctor to ensure that your bones, muscles, and other soft tissue haven’t been damaged as well.
Back Pain and Soft Tissue Damage
There are a significant number of spinal injuries that can be sustained during a car accident. If you’ve been lucky enough to avoid the kind of significant injury that requires immediate hospitalization, you could still be suffering from strain from the accident.
Mid or lower back pain can be brought on by the sudden impact of the accident, the force of the jolt, and the pulling of your body against the seat belt or other objects in the vehicle.
While the pain that you’re experiencing could be the result of strained muscles or even a herniated disc, soft muscle tissue damage could also be a factor. These kinds of strains cannot be identified by an x-ray, CT, or MRI, and must therefore be carefully identified through pain consultation and careful manipulation to identify the root cause.
Whether you need an automobile injury chiropractor, or are looking for a sports injury clinic, our certified professionals are both gentle and compassionate in their quest to get your body back to it’s best self.