You've gotten into a minor car accident, a fender bender. Your car has a little dent, and you feel fine, so you figure there's no need to seek treatment. Wrong! Even a fender bender can create medical problems that don't show up immediately.
That's why you shouldn't wait to seek treatment after a fender bender. AllCare Chiropractic can check you out and make sure your minor car accident doesn't become, literally, a major pain in your neck.
What happens to your body in a fender bender?
When you bump the car in front of you, or one bumps you from behind, your neck can quickly move back and forth, like a whip. This sudden jolting movement can injure your soft tissues.
This movement can cause what's commonly known as whiplash, also known as a neck sprain, and tear your muscles and tendons .
When a fender bender quickly throws your head backward and forward, the motion can compress joints in your spine and overstretch the muscles and ligaments that protect, move, and support your neck.
Signs of whiplash may not appear immediately after a fender bender, but they will commonly develop within 24 hours. Symptoms may include:
- Neck pain
- Upper back pain
- Lower back pain
- Numbness and tingling
- Arm and leg pain or weakness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Facial or jaw pain
- Ringing in the ears or loss of hearing
- Blurred vision
Studies have shown that 30-50% of whiplash patients had not recovered right away after their accident, with about 10-12% rating their problems as severe or disabling.
Seeking medical attention for whiplash soon after your injury can help improve your prognosis.
Your doctor might order X-rays, CT scans, or an MRI to help assess damage and inflammation in soft tissues, nerves, or your spinal cord.
Whiplash treatments commonly include:
- Chiropractic adjustments to improve range of motion
- Chiropractic adjustments to decrease neck stiffness
- Physiotherapy to reduce pain and inflammation
- Rehabilitation exercises to strengthen neck muscles and ligaments
How AllCare Chiropractic can help
The AllCare Chiropractic team has been treating auto accident injuries for almost 20 years. In addition to expert chiropractic care, we offer:
- Same-day appointments
- Patient transportation services
- Referrals to medical specialists as needed
- State-of-art onsite radiology services
- Expert testimony
If you’ve been in a fender bender and want to see how AllCare Chiropractic can help you, book an appointment online or over the phone today.