Any vehicle crash, collision, or accident can cause various injuries, with back pain issues as a primary injury or a side effect from other injuries. Usually, injury symptoms begin right after the collision, but in other cases, individuals may not start experiencing symptoms until hours, days, or even weeks later. This is from the adrenaline that rushes throughout the body during the collision/fight or flight response delaying the injury symptoms. There are reports of individuals who walk away from an accident unscathed but require urgent medical treatment a short while later. Chiropractic care can provide manual and spinal motorized decompression benefits.
- Head injuries occur when drivers and/or passengers hit their heads on the steering wheel, windows, dashboard, metal frame, and sometimes each other.
- A head injury is considered a severe condition that can cause concussions, skull fractures, comas, hearing loss, cognitive and memory issues, and vision problems.
- A significant head injury can cause extensive and costly medical treatment with the possibility of long-term medical care.
- Neck injuries are common in vehicle collisions.
- The most common is whiplash, with the head and neck-snapping from indirect blunt force, like being rear-ended.
- Whiplash can cause significant damage to the ligaments and muscles, like swelling and neck pain, and temporary paralysis of the vocal cords.
- Injury patterns of whiplash can differ depending on the speed, force, and overall health of the individual involved.
- Back injuries can range in severity from sprains to significant damage involving the nerves and/or the spinal cord.
- If the damage is severe, it can lead to loss of sensation in the body, loss of limb control, or permanent paralysis.
- Disc herniation/s can lead to disability, muscle weakness, tingling and numbness in the limbs, and radiating body pain.
Chest and Torso Injuries
- Vehicle collision forces can result in severe chest injuries that include broken ribs.
- Broken ribs might not sound dangerous by themselves; they can puncture the lungs leading to other injuries and internal bleeding.
- Traumatic cardiac arrest can occur from the force of the impact.
- Other injuries include:
- Abdominal injuries to internal organs.
- Damage to the pelvis.
- The legs, feet, arms, and hands are frequently injured, broken, and sometimes dislocated.
- Motorcyclists are also at a higher risk for significant injury that includes:
- Multiple fractures, internal injury, head injuries, and severe ligament damage.
- Pedestrians struck by a vehicle have an increased risk for a combination of all injuries at once.
Non-Surgical Decompression Benefits
- Chiropractors are trained to identify and treat injuries from vehicle collisions.
- Non-surgical spinal decompression gently stretches the spine using a motorized traction device to help reposition the spine and remove the pressure.
- As the pressure is taken off, the spinal discs regain their natural height, relieving the pressure on the nerves and other spinal structures.
- Optimal healing is promoted by an improved circulation of nutrients, water, and oxygen to the injury site.
- Decompression helps to strengthen the muscles in the affected area.
- It provides positive spinal structural changes.
- Improves nervous system function.
Non-surgical decompression is a tool for correcting injuries and relieving pain, allowing optimal health for the individual.
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