This is the reason why your Gold Coast chiropractor at Hinterland Chiropractic recommends you to have a complete examination of the musculoskeletal system so that hidden injuries can be detected.
Regardless of the impact or the speed, it is always possible that the passenger can be injured in many ways. Leaving the injuries undiagnosed might cause you a lifetime of pain and agony. For this reason, chiropractic intervention is really necessary.
Below are some examples of common auto injuries that your doctor at Hinterland Chiropractic can help:
Whiplash could cause misalignment to the vertebrae, discs, nerves, muscles, joints and ligaments of the neck. Whenever there is misalignment, it may result to one of the common findings in whiplash injuries called vertebral subluxation. Fortunately, your doctor of chiropractic can help you in cases like this.
The effects of whiplash may not show right away. Sometimes it takes months or even years from the day of original trauma before the patient start feeling the effects. Researchers call this phenomenon as DOWAD or Delayed Onset Whiplash Associated Disorder.
Motor vehicle accidents usually result to back injury or low back pain. This is true in cases where there is rear-end collision hitting a stationary object. Depending on the force, the impact can result to multiple vertebral subluxations.
Chiropractic adjustments can bring back the proper spinal alignment to relieve the back pain. In fact, there was a study conducted to 681 patients suffering in low back pain. The researchers found out that those who had chiropractic care are more likely to recognise improvement compared to those who only had medical care. (Spine 2006;31:611-21)
During checkups, both the spine and the neck must be properly x-rayed because automobile accidents can be traumatic to both the neck and the head.
There was a study about a 17-year-old girl who had a motor vehicle accident collision. The girl had dizziness, tinnitus or ringing in the ears and confusion on top of neck and shoulder pain. All of the symptoms she was feeling subsided during her ten weeks and 22 visits. All of her vertebrae were back to normal and stability was completely resolved. (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2000;279-87)
Headaches are often times accompanied with neck injuries. Cervical vertebral subluxations are also associated with it. All of these can lead to nerve interference and muscular dysfunction.
There was a scientific report about a 21-year-old woman complaining about headaches and range-of-motion restriction of the neck after a motor vehicle collision. The woman had a soft-tissue treatment but had ineffective results so the woman decided to receive chiropractic care. After receiving chiropractic care, the woman reported greater and immediate relief. (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2001;24:520-5.)
Chest and Rib Injury
Our middle back skeletal structure is composed of 12 vertebrae and 12 pairs of ribs. In an auto accident, each vertebrae attached to a corresponding pair of ribs can be misaligned or fractured. Through a gentle chiropractic adjustment, your chiropractor moves the bones back into place. Spinal Adjustment can help the patient relax the connecting muscles, which is an important step in reducing middle back pain and improving mobility.
A scientific study showed that cars without air bags, even though they have seat belt, pose higher incidence of chest and rib injury compared to cars that has both of these safety devices. (Ann Thorac Surg 2006;82:444- 50)
No Two Accidents Are Alike
Though possibilities may be similar, every automobile accident is different if we consider several variables:
- Posture of the occupants
- Ligament strength
- Body positions in the vehicle
- Amount of muscle activation
- Health of the nervous system
For this reason, chiropractic consultation from your Gold Coast Chiropractor is important so that your spinal alignment will be properly examined. Visit Hinterland Chiropractic for an excellent chiropractic care. Call us on (07) 5527 3133 to book your appointment today and claim your initial chiropractic consultation for only $25.