You’ve been in a car accident. Once the EMTs have checked you over and they’ve ruled out any major traumatic injuries such a broken bones, lacerations, internal injuries or contusions, it is important to look at possible problems which may have occurred in your musculoskeletal system.
After an accident, your body is in shock. You may not feel the pain or soreness yet due to the dopamine and other chemicals your body is producing that are allowing you to function.
The most common injury from a car accident is a neck injury due to the way we are secured into our vehicles. Though our bodies are strapped in, our heads remain mobile. When your vehicle is hit, your neck is whipped in one direction and then back the other way. Hyperflexion-hyperextension injuries can affect the soft tissue in your neck as well as your discs.
This is whiplash.
Whiplash can present itself in the following ways:
Arm pain or numbness
Feeling like you may pass out
Anxiety and even depression
We recommend seeing a chiropractor as soon as you can following an accident. Chiropractors are musculoskeletal specialists and we can help you heal as fast as possible while minimizing damage.