More About Auto Accident Injuries

Whiplash is just one of the many injuries you can experience due to an auto accident. Learn more about the symptoms and causes of different types of auto accident injuries. If you believe you’re experiencing one of these injuries, contact our office right away to schedule an appointment.

The most common types of injuries that occur during an auto accident are in the neck and the lower back. Rear-end collisions are the most likely to cause whiplash, as the head lurches forward and back violently on impact. This can cause strain and damage to muscles, ligaments, discs, and other connective tissue in the neck, shoulders, and down the back. If the vehicle is struck from the side, your neck can twist quickly due to the car spinning out, which adds to the effects of whiplash. 

The severity of the accident does not always determine the severity of the injuries. Some whiplash injuries are minor and people can recover in just a few weeks, while other instances of whiplash can exist for longer periods of time and may be an indication of more serious injuries. Regular visits to an auto accident chiropractor will help determine the extent of your injuries and help you keep track of your condition.

Spinal disc injuries include bulges, herniations, and extrusions. These spinal discs act as shock absorbers in between each vertebrae in your spine. In an auto accident, spinal discs can become damaged and put pressure on surrounding nerves in the spine. When a spinal disc injury occurs, the sufferer often complains of pain radiating from their arms and legs, and may also experience muscle weakness.

This is a serious injury that can affect someone’s overall quality of life, and is also an injury that can be sustained even in a low-impact accident. If you’ve been in an auto accident and are experiencing pain radiating down your arms or legs, you may have an injured spinal disc. Seek medical attention so that a professional can help create a treatment plan for recovery.

While the impact of another vehicle can cause injury on its own, the equipment in your vehicle can also cause injuries. Seat belts that don’t sit properly across your lap can cause burns or muscle strain, while sitting too close to an airbag can cause facial trauma, cervical spine injuries, soft tissue injuries, and more.

These injuries contribute to your overall wellness (or lack thereof) and an auto accident chiropractor may be able to suggest treatment options to help you recover.