When it comes to traumatic events on both the body and mind, car accidents are at or near the top of the frequency list in today’s modern day and age. Even seemingly minor vehicle collisions can lead to significant stress on the body’s joints, ligaments and tendons, and that’s without even getting into the emotional and mental weight that is often added as well.
At Apollo Health Centers, we provide a comprehensive auto accident recovery and therapy program to any who are in need of it. Let’s go over the way your body responds to a car accident, some of the common injuries or concerns that are present following car accidents, and how our chiropractic treatments can assist those who have been in a vehicle accident.
Adrenaline and Car Accidents
As we noted above, there are several kinds of injuries possible during vehicle accidents, from minor pulls or strains of various muscles or tendons up to major impacts that can lead to broken bones, disc injuries and other major trauma. But here’s the thing: In the immediate aftermath of the accident itself, you might have sustained some of these injuries without even realizing it.
That’s due to the presence of adrenaline, which kicks into overdrive during extremely stressful moments like a car collision. These adrenaline levels will often mask your pain, even sometimes extreme pain, for at least a few hours after an accident takes place. Only once your adrenaline levels begin to drop will you notice the pain or soreness that’s a result of the accident, and this is when you can begin assessing the extent of your injuries and the steps you need to take.
Common Injury Complaints After Accidents
Some of the common injuries or soreness complaints that are most common after a car accident include:
- Whiplash: Describing any injury where a severe jerking of the head takes place, whiplash is most common in car accidents. Its symptoms may range from nonexistent to relatively severe pain.
- Neck or back pain: In many cases, this pain is directly due to whiplash symptoms. However, this is not always the case.
- Headaches: In certain situations, headaches are the first symptom to set in after a strong impact, which may jolt the skull.
Inflamed Joints and Soft Tissue
The primary goal of chiropractic care following a car accident will be to rehabilitate the alignment of the spine, which has a major effect on several soft tissue areas. Joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments tend to be highly inflamed after car accidents, lowering your range of motion as the body attempts to heal itself. We can help restore this range of motion and decrease your pain symptoms, all using natural methods that will complement your body’s healing processes.
For more on how chiropractic care can help after a car accident, or to learn about any of our chiropractic services, speak to the staff at Apollo Health Centers today.