Motor Vehicle Accidents

When it comes to your health, there is no such thing as a minor injury. Even a supposed “fender-bender” accident can lead to other problems. Delayed onset of symptoms such as neck and back stiffness, headaches, & fatigue can be the result of a motor vehicle accident. Even though emergency medical services usually arrive at the scene of an accident, their assessment is to ensure there are no life threatening injuries that require a trip to the emergency room. Soft tissue damage is not visible on x-ray and is not assessed by the EMS services.

If you have symptoms of neck pain, back pain, neck and back stiffness, or any other symptoms you feel might be related to your accident an evaluation is required.

Whiplash

People injured in car crashes sometimes experience a strain of the neck muscles and surrounding soft tissue, know commonly as whiplash. This injury often occurs when a vehicle is hit from the rear or the side, causing a sharp and sudden movement of the head and neck. Whiplash may result in tender muscles (Grade I) or limited neck movement (Grade II). Most whiplash injuries are not serious and heal fully. Signs of a serious neck injury, such as a fracture, are usually evident in early assessments. Pain, stiffness and other symptoms of Grades I or II whiplash typically start within the first 2 days after the accident. A later onset of symptoms is common and does not indicate a more serious injury.

Just as soreness and stiffness of a sprained ankle may linger, a neck strain can also feel achy, stiff or tender for days or weeks. While some patients get better quickly, symptoms can persist over a longer period of time. For most cases of Grades I and II whiplash, these symptoms gradually decrease with a return to activity.

Chiropractic Care Can Help

If you or someone you know have been in a car accident and begin to experience whiplash type symptoms, or back pain, an evaluation is needed to assess your condition and start therapy if required. Chiropractic care has been shown to be effective in the treatment of whiplash injuries.

Appointments

To make an appointment call Active Body Chiropractic Clinic at (519) 398-8598 conveniently located at 33 Princess Street (In the Princess Center, Suite 410) in Leamington. If you are a WSIB case or car accident case please inform the receptionist while making your first appointment.

 

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