Minor car accidents can leave your body injured, sore, stiff or crooked. Being rear-ended or getting in a fender bender can cause a lot of stress. Not only do you have to deal with insurance and possibly getting your car repaired, but your body might be dealing with some repercussions of its own. The most common injuries stemming from car accidents are head, neck and back injuries. This means anything from minor concussions to herniated disks. This type of injury can leave you in chronic pain for the rest of your life.
Because neck pain and ligament damage is so common after car accidents, here at Oahu Spine & Rehab in Kailua, we work with patients dealing with them all the time. Here are some facts:
Car Accident Facts:
-Americans traveled 2.39 trillion miles in 1995 and 3.1 trillion miles in 2015. That’s a 30% increase.
-During the same 1995-2015 period, the number of police-reported accidents on U.S. roads decreased by 5%, dropping from 6,613,000 to 6,296,000. People are travelling further but having less car accidents.
-The number of motor vehicle occupants killed in accidents during 1995 was 41,795. That number declined by nearly 20% to 35,092 in 2015. The fatality rate per 100M miles traveled dropped from 1.7 to 1.12 persons. That means that when we do have an accident, it’s become less likely that someone traveling in the vehicle will be killed.
-The statistics show an even more positive trend with respect to injuries. The number of occupants injured in accidents fell 32% from 3,232,000 in 1995 to 2,443,000 in 2015. The injury rate per 100M miles travelled declined from 90 persons to 78.
In conclusion: motor vehicle accidents seem to be injuring fewer drivers and passengers when they do occur.
After your car accident, you may be too distracted or busy to worry about your pain or well beings. Certain conditions like ligament injuries or whiplash can take a few days to set in and don’t always show up right away after the accident. Not to mention that stress and adrenaline levels will spike which might disguise symptoms and pain.
Inflammation and the aches and pains that go with it tend to reveal themselves when the body calms down. Whiplash symptoms can last for up to a week or two weeks. Not only will you be sore, but it’s you may be dealing with dizziness, neck pain, headaches, blurred vision, and stiff neck until after a few days after a car accident.
Here at OSR, our chiropractors can detect your injuries and find the best treatment plan to help your body heal as efficiently as possible. The sooner you see a chiropractor after your accident, the better. Chiropractors are experts in the neck and spine and they are able to diagnose quickly what kind of pain and injury you might be dealing with later on and help prevent it.
Avoid Needless Medication
Chiropractic treatment is the most common and effective nonsurgical treatment for back pain and neck injuries. Through specialized gentle manipulation, a chiropractor can relieve pain, correct misalignments, and promote a foundation of wellness. Getting a chiropractic adjustment, along with doing physical and massage therapies here at OSR can reduce pain, increase blood flow, strengthen your muscles help your body heal faster from your car accident.
It’s important that you go to a chiropractor or physical therapist within days of your accident to assure that you are addressing any injuries that could cause damage long term. Often, people ignore whiplash and deal with the pain until the aches go away. In some cases, this is enough, but whiplash can cause serious lifelong issues in your ligaments in your neck. Give us a call today if you are suffering from pain due to a car accident at 488-5555!