Car accidents are very common causes of back and neck pain. The sudden jolt that comes with the impact of a car accident can cause damage to the spine as well as other musculoskeletal injuries.
Collisions big or small can create damage to your nerves and spine which can disturb the normal position and motion of the vertebrae. If such damage occurs the neural messages going from the brain to other parts of the body “mis-fire”, interfering with your body’s ability to heal and function normally. This can lead to years of pain, weakness and disability.
The most common injury from auto accidents is whiplash where the impact throws the head violently in one direction, then muscles react to “whip” it back in the opposite direction. Whiplash can involve hyperflexion and hyperextension of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the neck amongst other things. Treatment for whiplash can vary from simple over the counter painkillers and rest to cervical manipulation and spinal adjustment. In many cases, painkillers may not be enough to control the back or neck pain caused by a car accident. Cervical manipulation is a proven method for restoring motion and relieving the pain associated with whiplash.
Seeking out chiropractic care will give you access to personalized X-rays that provide information to the extent of the spinal injury. Your chiropractor will then be able to develop a personal plan to realign the spinal column, getting you back on the path to optimal health.