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Auto Accident Injuries & Whiplash
The human body was never meant to withstand the immense forces transferred during an auto accident. As a result, your recent mishap may have left you with a variety if serious musculoskeletal problems, including that most infamous of all auto accident problems, whiplash. It's good to have friends at a time like this -- and even better when you can get a free new-patient consultation at Lodes Chiropractic Center, your resource for natural auto accident injury treatment from a chiropractor in Wilmington.
It may seem puzzling that even a low-speed "fender bender" can jolt your body sufficiently to cause an auto accident injury. But when something as heavy as an automobile is suddenly stopped cold, the objects within it go flying -- including the parts of occupants’ bodies that aren't strapped down by seat belts. A car seat belt injury, for example, may occur when one of your shoulders may be flung forward while the other is still secured behind a harness, twisting the trunk to create muscle strain and joint misalignment in the thoracic spine. If the lower spine is jolted, a disc may herniate outward and put pressure on sciatic nerve roots, causing sciatica's characteristic leg pains, numb spots and tingling sensations.
But perhaps most well-known auto accident injury is whiplash, a condition that can cause far more than just neck pain. The power of momentum flings the head backward, after which it rebounds forward and backward sharply, the entire motion resembling the crack of a whip. Severe soft tissue strain usually occurs, accompanied by cervical vertebral misalignment and cervical disc herniation that pinches nerves. As a result, you may be experiencing such varied symptoms as:
Neck pain and stiffness
Pain, tingling or numbness in the upper extremities (cervical radiculopathy)
Concentration or memory problems
Even if you experience no symptoms at all immediately following an auto accident, you still need to pay a visit to your Wilmington chiropractor (Dr. Lodes or Dr. Wharton). Some injuries can hide without presenting symptoms for days or weeks, during which time your condition actually gets more serious. Your Wilmington chiropractor can use thorough diagnostic evaluation methods to determine whether you're harboring an injury. If you're already in pain, our evaluation will pinpoint the underlying causes so we can apply safe, natural, non-surgical treatment right then and there. You may benefit from:
Chiropractic adjustments to correct joints and discs pushed out of alignment in the accident, and to relieve pinched nerves
Massage and low-level laser therapy to soothe soft tissues and help them heal faster
Stretches and exercises to help you rehabilitate and regain full function
Don't let an auto accident injury curb your quality of life. Call us today to schedule back pain, car seat belt injury or whiplash treatment in Wilmington!