Have you ever been in an auto accident? Be it a minor fender bender or a major accident injuries from auto accidents are unlike normal injuries. The forces involved are tremendous and can severely injure the spine and neck.
Many people report feeling dazed after an auto accident, which is largely from the sheer force of the crash. Even a minor accident, say in the 10-15mph range still involves 1/2 – 2 tons of metal, plastic and people colliding at speed. The most typical injuries diagnosed after such an accident are sprain/strain injuries to the ligaments and tendons.
So what should you do if you are involved in an auto accident?
The most important thing is to make sure there are no life threatening, emergency situations present. After any auto accident it is a good idea to have an x-ray evaluation to check for broken bones and if any symptoms like dizziness, shakiness or weakness are present be evaluated for a concussion.
Have your spine evaluated by your chiropractor. The most common injuries seen from auto accidents are sprain/strain injuries. That is the nature of the beast with car accidents as the body is typically thrown around or whip-lashed which causes these injuries.
Follow through with any treatments protocols given to you. This means listening to any work restraints as a result of the accident, following the entire treatment plan from you chiropractor (you will feel better before you are fully healed), and doing any physical therapy exercises you are give. Following your treatment plan can be the difference between a speedy, complete recovery or lingering problems for years.
Prompt treatment after an auto accident is very important for full recovery. If you have been in an auto accident you can contact our Glenwood City office at 715-265-7500 or our 4 Corners office at 715-246-7500. We treat auto accidents on a regular basis and are ready to help you.