Car accident injuries can be a major problem, and they are on the increase rather than decrease. Unfortunately, many people have been involved in a car accident. Sometimes the accidents are serious, either fatal or life-threatening to drivers or passengers involved. But sometimes they are minor, and the people involved can walk away unscathed or so it seems at first.
Initially, drivers and passengers involved in these accidents may feel a little stiff, but appear to be uninjured. But, it is not uncommon for a car accident injury to remain hidden for months or even years. When people start to feel pain, the pain might be in the back or neck, which can be accompanied by headaches, muscle spasm, headaches, trouble sleeping, ringing in the ears and overall tension. A disturbing fact is that these cases are now on the increase yearly. Meaning that apart from the lives lost, there are still millions of people who have to endure the struggle of dealing with injuries.
According to road crash statistics, nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day. An additional 20-50 million are injured or disabled. More than half of all road traffic deaths occur among young adults ages 15-44.
COMMON INJURIES RISING FROM A CAR ACCIDENT
A car accident can cause damage everywhere, but certain kinds of injuries occur more often. If an injury occurs on the face or head, it may be scratches, bruises, lacerations, damage to dentures or airbag burns to the face and arms. Strains, sprains, and fracture injuries are can occur in the neck, shoulders, arms, and back. With back injuries where the sensitive spine is located, cervical, thoracic and lumbar injuries, fractures and sprains are common. With the injury to the legs, knees, and feet, victims often suffer ligament injuries, contusions to the knees and feet, as well as fractures, dislocations, and sprains.
WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION FOR CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES
A car accident can be considered an emergency and the victims are rushed to the hospital to save their life. Here, chiropractic medical care is administered by a car accident doctor who may prescribe X-rays, MRI studies, physiotherapies, spinal adjustments. Alternatively, the victim may receive emergency treatment and undergo tests to assess his injuries. It may be discovered that they suffered damage to the musculoskeletal system. This is where a Chiropractor in Raleigh NC comes in.
CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT OF CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES
A Chiropractor specializes in the treatment of muscle and joint dysfunctions and injuries with an emphasis on the spine. Chiropractors makes gentle corrections called spinal adjustments to the spine and usually recommend physiotherapy, therapeutic massage and physical therapy exercises to address injuries muscles, ligaments, discs and soft tissues that were injured.
Another advantage of using chiropractic treatment after seeing a car accident doctor in Raleigh, NC is that Chiropractors may be able to detect injuries that are not noticed after an accident. When a person is faced with a situation such as an accident, reflexes puts the body in a defense mode. One of the ways the body tries to protect itself is through the production of hormones called endorphins which are natural painkillers. Once these hormones are launched, an injured person may not feel pain initially the first 24-72 hours and may not recognize that they had suffered an injury. Therefore an examination by a chiropractor or a car accident doctor is recommended as a precaution.
Some victims of car accidents also complain of persistent pain, even after an extended period of continuous use of prescribed drugs or physical therapy sessions. According to a recent study published in 2011,
“People appear to be more likely to develop chronic pain after suffering injuries in a traffic crash than after other physically traumatic events, a new study suggests. In the study, Gareth Jones, of the University of Aberdeen School of Medicine and Dentistry in Scotland, and colleagues looked at 2,069 people who provided information about musculoskeletal pain and associated distress at three times over four years. The participants were also asked if they had recently experienced any of six physically traumatic events: traffic crash, workplace injury, surgery, fracture, hospitalization or childbirth. Of the 241 study participants who reported new onset of chronic widespread pain, about one-third were more likely than other participants to report at least one physically traumatic event during the study period. After the researchers adjusted for a number of factors, they found that people who reported being in a traffic crash had an 84 percent increased risk of developing new onset chronic widespread pain.”
Recovering from a car accident injuries can be a long and painful process. Seeking a Chiropractor who specializes in treating injuries immediately after a car accident may help decrease an individuals odds of developing chronic pain from the accident injuries. Do not wait, do it before your case is closed with insurance companies because they often cover the cost of chiropractic treatment.
Raleigh, NC chiropractic care team of practitioners not only provide immediate help for your problem, but we also offer physiotherapies such as ultrasound therapy, cryotherapy, electrical muscle stimulation, traction therapy and progressive therapeutic exercises to restore and promote your injury recovery. For more information or to schedule an appointment at our Raleigh, NC location, please get in touch here .
Dr. Jeffrey Gerdes, D.C.
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