Chiropractic Care for Auto Accidents
On average there are 6 million car accidents each year in the U.S.
3 million people in the U.S. are injured every year in car accidents.
Around 2 million drivers in car accidents experience permanent injuries every year. (1)
Dr. Devon Coughlin is specialized in the assessment and treatment of soft tissue injuries. More often than not, people do not seek care following an auto accident because obvious symptoms of injury may not be evident right away. A visit to a chiropractor should be a priority following an injury from a car accident.
Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury to the neck; it can also be described as neck sprain/strain. The most common injury sustained during an auto accident is a whiplash injury, most often occurring at slow speeds. It takes only a sudden change in speed to injure the neck.
Whiplash injuries are often the result of rear-end collisions, but they can occur from an impact in any direction, front, back, or the sides. Signs of injury may be present immediately after a motor vehicle accident or may be delayed for several days or even weeks.
When a part of the body is whipped back and then forward beyond its normal limits, micro-tears can develop in the surrounding ligaments. Yet many accident victims don’t notice any pain at first. It’s not until the micro-tears start to swell that the symptoms set in. (2):
Symptoms of Whiplash:
Neck/Low Back Pain
Neck/Low Back Stiffness
Reduced Range of Motion of the Body
Pain of the Extremities (Shoulders, Arms, Legs, Hands, Feet)
According to the CDC, motor vehicle crashes were the third overall leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) among all age groups. (Other causes may also be caused by falls or sport accidents.) A TBI is caused by a sudden bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. (3)
Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild” (i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness) to “severe” (i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss after the injury). Most TBI’s that occur each year are mild, commonly called concussions.
Signs and symptoms generally show up soon after the injury. However, it may be unknown how severe the injury is at first and some symptoms may not show up for hours or days.
Some Signs that can be Observed:
Can’t recall events prior to or after an accident.
Appears dazed or stunned.
Answers questions slowly.
Loses consciousness (even briefly).
Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes.
Some Symptoms Reported:
Headache or “pressure” in head.
Nausea or vomiting.
Balance problems or dizziness, or double or blurry vision.
Bothered by light or noise.
Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy.
Confusion, or concentration or memory problems.
Not “feeling right,” or “feeling down”.
At revolution chiropractic…
Here at Revolution Chiropractic, not only do we care for injuries related to auto accidents but we treat the whole body as well.
Each patient can expect to receive a thorough evaluation and a personalized plan of care to start the healing process. If needed, high-resolution digital x-rays are taken onsite, personalized nutrition recommendations given, and specific exercises prescribed.