Auto accidents are a terrible reality in our modern lives. Every 60 seconds there is an auto accident, amounting to millions of accidents every year, but not everyone gets the care they need and have the right to receive. Whether it’s your first accident or you’re a veteran, this situation is always stressful and overwhelming and most people have no idea what to do. Many who’ve sustained serious trauma as a result of a car accident usually have the good sense to get evaluated at the hospital. Auto accident injuries are no joke.
It doesn’t take a lot of force to inflict injury. In fact, speeds of only 5-10 mph can generate significant G-forces to injure the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, and discs) in the neck. Factors influencing your injury include (but are NOT limited to) the vehicles’ size, weight, and speed differential, location of impact direction, head restraint location, seat failure, seat back angle and “spring,” seat back height, surface slipperiness, and more.
There is a major misconception when it comes to the damage to your car and how it relates to your injuries. Having little visible damage to the car does not mean that there are no injuries. Low-speed collisions can generate enough force to injure the neck. If the metal of the car crushes, energy is absorbed and LESS is transferred to the occupants and VICE VERSA! So, to avoid injury, it’s BETTER to have vehicular damage (the opposite of what you’d think)! Often, you have to crawl underneath the vehicle to see the damage.
Just because you don’t go to the hospital, thinking you didn’t sustain significant enough injuries, or the ER releases you, doesn’t mean you don’t have damage from the accident. Many people end up with chronic pain because they don’t seek treatment for a car accident soon after the accident. Time is also of the essence when it comes to your car insurance claim. The sooner you seek care the better. Insurance adjusters do this every day and this may be your first accident, that’s why it’s critical to work with doctors and professionals that understand personal injury so are a disappointment.
Chiropractors are the best choice for treating injuries after a car accident. At PA Pain & Rehab, we specialize in identifying and treating the most common issues that result from an auto accident, like soft tissue and spinal injuries. We want to find the root issue and treat that rather than treat symptoms only to have them return when the medication has worn off. The best part about chiropractic care for auto accidents is its holistic and all-natural approach. It is always the preferable option to avoid the risks and side effects of surgery and medication.