Automobile Accident Injuries 510 657-1234
According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for 2004, there were over 6 million reported automobile crashes in the U.S. that year with over 2.5 million of the occupants reporting injuries. Most of the injured occupants were the driver, with whiplash injury being one of the most common injuries. Therefore with practically all of us having to enter into a vehicle everyday, it is important to know what injuries can occur during a crash. More importantly, it is important to know how to avoid or minimize injuries and to know what treatment options are available if you have been injured.
Most people don't realize accidents resulting in death or injury usually occur at 40 mph or less and in a 5 mile radius from your home. People do not realize just because their is no damage to your car does not mean their is no damage to you or your passengers. These accidents cause trauma in the form of spinal misalignments in the body. This in turn can distort your structure, cause ligament laxity, and irritate your nerves, bones, ligaments, and discs. Any accidents no matter how minor, can create nerve-damaging misalignments. Headache, neck pain, and arthritis from minor fender benders affects up to 50 million people a year without them knowing it. Are you one of them?
If you were in an accident and are experiencing any symptoms call our office for a complete examination. Make sure you have a spinal check up to ensure that your spine is free from these health compromising changes and to prevent any long-term damage.
This section of our website has been created so that we may help you to be more informed about the many different aspects that should be known when it comes to automobile crash injuries. So please feel free to browse around this section.
Tips for a Quick Recovery
A car crash-even a "minor" one-can be a huge disruption in your life and can cause months of pain and disability. With proper treatment, however, you can be back to your normal activities much faster and reduce the chances of chronic problems.
One of the first things to remember after an auto injury is to stay active. When injured, the body tenses the muscles and creates inflammation around the injured area to "guard" the injury from further harm. Unfortunately, this protective mechanism can cause problems down the road. If left untreated, the "guarded" area will lose motion and flexibility. This can result in reduced function and premature degeneration of the discs in your neck and back.
The effects of early intervention are dramatic. A study1 conducted in Sweden compared patients who were treated within four days of their auto injury to those who waited two weeks. The authors found that patients who received prompt treatment that used gentle neck exercises early after the injury had much improved functioning three years after the collision.
There are many reasons why active, early care helps after whiplash:
* Staying mobile helps overcome your fear of motion or re-injury.
* Activity increases blood flow to the injury and improves healing.
* Movement prevents the formation of scar tissue at the injury site.
Chiropractic also serves the same function, by carefully targeting the injured segments of your spine and increasing mobility in those areas. By combining chiropractic with home exercises, we can get you back on the road to health!
If you have been in a car crash, call us for an appointment 510 657-1234.
Rosenfeld M, Seferiadis A, Carlsson J, Gunnarsson R. Active intervention in patients with whiplash-associated disorders improves long-term prognosis. Spine 2003;28(22):2491-2498.