Common Injuries Among Victims of Auto Accidents

Your injuries from a car accident affect many different parts of your body. The most widely known auto accident injury is whiplash. Nevertheless, other common injuries include: 

  • Chronic shoulder pain
  • Thoracic & lumbar spine damage 

Chiropractic treatment can help you manage the pain due to an auto accident injury. It also supports your rehabilitation from an auto accident injury.  Your body can go through a safe healing process with chiropractic care.

Chronic Shoulder Pain

Pain in your shoulders or upper back may be due to a herniated disc in your upper back. 

If nearby nerves are compressed by a herniated disc, then pain is experienced. Auto accidents often exert a significant amount of force on the upper body resulting in a rapid jerk forwards and subsequently backwards, thus causing misalignment of the spine. Muscle soreness and stiffness are also quite common. 

After an auto accident, if you begin experiencing shoulder pain that persists for more than a couple of days, then your pain may be triggered by a spinal misalignment. 

Visiting your chiropractor is an excellent way to diagnose the specific cause of your pain, and also receive a plan for effective treatment. 

Lower-Back Pain

You can sustain thoracic and lumbar spine damage even during a minor car accident such as a “fender bender.” 

A minor auto accident can result in you having a herniated or bulging disc that triggers a compression of your spinal cord. Along with lower back pain, you might experience tingling sensations, weakness, or numbness in your legs.  Additionally, your nerves, muscles, and ligaments can be traumatized during an auto accident.

Chiropractic care is a gentle way to alleviate the pain and pressure caused by a herniated disc.

What is Chiropractic Adjustment?

For those who aren’t familiar with it, chiropractic adjustment may come across as a modern form of quackery. It may conjure images of someone bent over in severe pain and someone else popping them back up with a big cracking noise, providing immediate, almost magical relief.  But in reality, chiropractic adjustment is a far more subtle, extremely regimented treatment that has been proven to be a great benefit to people suffering from lower back pain, neck pain and headaches.  

In the procedure, a trained specialist, a chiropractor, uses either their hands or a small instrument to apply pressure to a spinal joint as the patient lies face down on a special table with a neck support. The desired result is that the misaligned joint will be realigned into its proper position, relieving the stress on nerves and muscles that is causing the pain. 

Chiropractic adjustment is carried out through a series of office visits, and there is no special preparation. Sometimes, spinal joints will move back into their misaligned position, and will need repeated adjustments. Fortunately, most health insurance policies now cover the procedure, but you may want to check with your health care provider to see how many visits are covered. 

Proponents and opponents have argued for years about the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustment, but most medical experts agree that it is about as effective as more traditional pain relief methods including surgery and medication. 

Side effects from chiropractic adjustment typically include minor aches in the area treated, headache or fatigue. In very rare instances, side effects, particularly following neck manipulation, have included stroke.

A Chiropractor’s Education

Did you know that the educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any health profession? Chiropractors can treat a wide variety of health issues.  Among the most common health problems seen by chiropractors are lower back pain, neck pain, headaches, whiplash, and injuries from auto accidents.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, the typical chiropractor has a four year pre-med degree that includes courses in biology, chemistry, physics and psychology. Beyond that, the person has to undergo four years of professional study at an accredited chiropractic college, a three or four part state administered test to receive a license and periodic educational requirements to maintain that license. 

While pre-med undergraduate programs are numerous, accredited chiropractic colleges number just 18, located regionally around the United States. The curriculum is accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Just like other doctoral students, chiropractic students focus on evaluating and treating patients.  And similar to medical students, they have to spend at least a year in a clinical situation working directly with patients.  

Once they graduate, chiropractic students have to become licensed in order to practice. All 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, require chiropractors to carry licenses, which are granted only after the candidate passes up to four parts of the National Boards, depending on their area of specialty. There is also an oral examination. 

Once you are licensed to practice chiropractic, you still have to undergo additional education in most states. This can be as much as 40 credit hours every couple of years. 

So, if you think that chiropractors are pseudo doctors or some sort of elite physical therapist, think again. In many cases, chiropractors actually have much more training and education than your average general practitioner.