If you have ever been in a car accident, you know that the moments after the crash are confusing and very stressful. You want to make sure everyone is safe and get all of the important information for your insurance provider.
And if all you notice for yourself are some minor aches and back pains, you probably don’t think twice about them. You’re just happy to get out of the accident alive and in one piece!
Unfortunately, not all injuries from a car accident will show up immediately. In the weeks, months, or even years after your accident, you may start to feel severe back pain and not know why. Auto accidents can cause a lot of different types of back injuries, and not all of them will be obvious in the moments immediately after your accident. Here are the main injuries an auto accident can inflict on your spine and back:
Fractures. The “good” news is that there is a high chance that you will be able to tell if you have a fracture immediately. You probably won’t end up with a fracture from a fender bender, but high velocity car crashes definitely put you at risk, specifically for fractures in the thoracic (upper) region of the spine, as well as your ribs and chest.
Sprains and Strains. Sudden movements or stops may cause sprains or strains on the muscles and ligaments around your spine. A strain is simply the excessive stretching of the muscles and ligaments, while a sprain involves actual damage.
Herniated Discs. Between the vertebrae, you have cushion-like discs that protect the spine. A car accident can jostle or displace one of those discs. You may be able to tell if you have a herniated disc immediately, or symptoms may not become present until many years later. This is due to the fact that while the disc is displaced, it tends to put pressure on the surrounding vertebrae or nerves. Too much pressure on the nerves can cause serious back pain.
Spinal Cord Injuries. Excessive pressure can also cause major damage to the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries are extremely serious, and can affect the entire body. Secondary damage from spinal cord injuries may include:
- Loss of feeling in certain parts of your body
- Loss of reflex function
- Surgical infections
- Blood clots
- Spinal fluid leaks
The health and functioning of your spine and back are essential to the daily functioning of your body and your overall physical health. If your back has been injured in an auto accident, get treatment immediately. If you wait or your injuries go unnoticed, they’re likely to just get worse.
The sooner you get treatment, the more injuries you can prevent in the future. At iChiropractic, we can treat back injuries from auto accidents with a wide array of services:
For Past Injuries
X-Rays and Ultrasounds. To best assess the treatment needed for your back pain, our offices have x-rays and ultrasounds to explore what is causing your injury. Having an x-ray done years after a car accident may surprise you.
Chiropractic Adjustments. If your vertebrae were moved around due to an auto accident, you may not feel severe back pain until years later as your spine encounters more pressure or changes. At iChiropractic, we use noninvasive techniques to gently adjust the vertebrae of the spine.
For Herniated Discs:
Flexion Distraction. This is a common way to treat herniated discs. Flexion distraction is a process in which a chiropractor stretches and adjusts the space between discs to let more oxygen and blood flow freely.
Spinal Decompression. Spinal decompression can be done through both surgical and non-surgical procedures. At iChiropractic, we offer a non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. By using the DRX9000, we can create a negative pressure within your affected discs to allow blood, oxygen, and fluids to flow freely around the affected discs, vertebrae, nerves, etc.
For General Back Pain:
Acupuncture Therapy. Acupuncture is an Eastern therapy that uses the strategic placement of needles to alleviate pain throughout the body. This therapy may be appropriate if you have certain pressures on your nerves or strains that are causing you back pain.
Massage Therapy. Stimulating and smoothing out the muscles of your back can relieve pain, remove unnecessary pressure or knotted areas present in your back, and prevent back spasms.
Even if your pains were not caused by a car accident, we want to relieve you of your back pains and issues. The health of your back and spine can affect your entire life. Book an appointment with us today and we will be able to assess your condition and give you the best treatments or therapies for your injuries, pains, and lifestyle.
About the Author:
Dr. Marc Browner is the Founder of iChiropractic and Wellness in Naples, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida in 1991, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education seminars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field.