October 8, 2019
Crash! That car came out of nowhere, and you just couldn’t stop in time. As you talk to the other driver and the police, you feel a little rattled, but you say that you don’t need EMTs or emergency care. After all, you don’t have any broken bones or lacerations, so you don’t need any treatment, right? Not exactly. You may have sustained more subtle injuries that can still damage your spine over time. In many cases, you should be treated by a chiropractor, but how do you know for sure? Read on to learn four clear signs that your need to see a car accident injury doctor in Dallas.
Sharp Back or Neck Pain
One of the most common symptoms following a car accident is neck or back pain because whiplash often occurs in these scenarios. It may take a day or two to fully manifest, but many people experience sharp, debilitating pain, indicating that the nerves around your spine are being pinched. In physiotherapy, your chiropractor in Dallas can apply sudden pressure at certain points along the spine or neck to realign everything and give you much-needed relief.
More Frequent Headaches
During an accident, you can sustain trauma to the upper back, shoulders, and neck, all of which have nerves located near the head. As a result, you can suffer from chronic headaches in the aftermath. These can interfere with your ability to focus your thoughts or even perform daily functions. By manipulating the spine in the back, shoulder, and neck areas, these pinched nerves can be alleviated.
Stiffness or Difficulty Moving
After a workout, your muscles feel sore and stiff. Similarly, in an accident, particularly a small one, some mild stiffness may not be anything to worry about. You can use effective stretches to work it out and get back to your life without too much trouble. However, whiplash can cause your neck to feel so stiff that you can’t turn your head. Your upper and lower back may also feel significantly stiff. If you struggle to move, seek help from a chiropractor, who can perform spinal manipulation to increase mobility.
At first glance, not feeling pain would seem to be preferable to feeling it. However, numbness after a car accident can indicate that joints are out of position, compressing nerves in your spine. If you don’t treat this problem, it could permanently damage these nerves. Whether you feel a tingling feeling or no feeling at all in your hips to your legs, it’s important to have your joints manipulated and realigned by a chiropractor soon to decrease this numbness.
If you notice any of these signs after a car accident, make an appointment with your chiropractor. They specialize in physiotherapy that resolves joint and spinal misalignment, exactly the type of treatment you need to lessen these unpleasant symptoms. The longer you wait to see your chiropractor, the longer it can take to overcome the trauma and the more potential damage can be done to your body.
About the Author
At AlignRight Injury & Rehab, Dr. Zinovy Chuhkman (Dr. Z) uses many chiropractic techniques, including Diversified, Thompson, flexion-distraction, Gonstead, and Graston. He is certified with the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and has years of clinical experience treating patients after accidents or injuries. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Z, you can call (972) 907-2800 or click here.
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