Here at Portland Chiropractic Specialists, we specialize in helping you get back to feeling like yourself after an auto accident. We know that it can be a scary time and we make it our goal to ensure that you feel great as quickly as possible. An auto accident can be a traumatic event, the collision often tweaks the neck and spine leaving people with persistent pain and stiffness.
Our spine and soft tissue specialist, Dr. Jay Han, is trained to identify and correct the source of these injuries. Our goal is to have you feeling like yourself again in no time.
One of the main injuries that can occur in an auto accident is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when there is sudden acceleration and deceleration of the body at the moment of impact causing the head to be “whipped” quickly backward and then forward. It can even happen side to side. Because all the force from the impact is absorbed by the neck and spine, the result is pain and inflammation, which may take a while to present themselves.
Why See A Portland Auto Injury Treatment Specialist Today?
Your body has been through a lot, and unfortunately, it can’t always heal itself from the forces of an auto accident. Don’t count on your pain simply disappearing “in time,” and don’t assume that heat and ice or pain killers can provide the therapeutic power you need. Whether your pain is mild or agonizing, it’s time to see a spine and soft tissue specialist to get help right away.
What Is Whiplash?
Many people mistakenly categorize whiplash as a minor injury, but that’s far from the truth. Whiplash occurs when your body is traveling at a certain speed within the car and then comes to a slamming halt. The forces placed on your neck and spine cause it to whip back and forth rapidly. Because all the impact is absorbed by the neck and spine, whiplash frequently causes muscle and ligaments to tear, spinal joints to impact and become inflamed, or worst of all, nerve and spinal cord damage. You may notice sharp neck pain or stiffness, shoulder pain, soft tissue swelling, blurred vision, dizziness, and much more.
What Other Common Symptoms Accompany Car Accidents?
Whiplash may be accompanied by a variety of other symptoms. These include:
- Pins and needles
- Pain or soreness in the arms
- Lower back pain
- Anxiety or depression
While such symptoms might seem totally unrelated, we frequently see a great deal of emotional distress accompanying car wrecks. If you are feeling any of these symptoms following an accident, seek help right away.
How Should You Treat Car Accident Injuries
While your family physician can help with acute treatment, they often can’t provide the long-term healing a chiropractor can. Moreover, a number of studies show that when the body is in pain, it cannot heal itself nearly as effectively. Car accidents can generate the kind of chronic pain that’s with you for life if you don’t do something about it. Fortunately, we can offer relief and healing through treatments such as:
- Manual adjustments
- Massage therapy
- Heat and ice therapy
- Electrical stimulation
- Ultrasound therapy
Chiropractic care is important after an auto accident because if the effects go untreated, they can become a long-term problem that will continue to affect you for many years to come. In an auto accident, you may not feel the side effects right away. In fact, it may take weeks or even months to notice the full effect of the accident.
Even if you had a minor auto accident, you will want to see a chiropractor to ensure that everything is still aligned. If you are feeling any pain, we at Portland Chiropractic Specialists will work with you to take the necessary steps to help you feel better.