Learn how car accident injuries can be treated by your Tampa chiropractor.
No one can deny that being in a car accident is terrifying. So when you come out of one, seemingly with only minor scratches, you may count it as a blessing and try to forget the whole thing. But injuries from auto accidents can be hard to detect and may not cause any pain or inhibit any mobility until long after the accident. That’s why you should be examined by Dr. George Kollias or Dr. Karen Derr, your chiropractors at Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa, FL, as soon as possible after your accident so that they can detect those hidden injuries.
Watch Out for Whiplash
One of the most common auto accident injuries is whiplash, which is sustained when the head is suddenly and jarringly jerked forward, backward or side-to-side. You might assume whiplash injuries can only come from high-speed accidents. However, only a 2-3 mile per hour change in speed is needed to cause them.
Whiplash can destabilize your spine, cause you severe pain and cause many other ailments, including:
- Blurred vision
- Neck pain
- Neck stiffness and reduced range of motion
- Shoulder pain
- Arm pain
- Low back pain
It’s very important that you are checked for whiplash after your accident, as letting the injury go untreated can cause long-term pain.
What We Can Do for You
During an accident, ligaments in your body can stretch and tear. Since chiropractors specialize in the health of bones, muscles, nerves and connective tissue, chiropractic care is very effective at maintaining the health of a spine that has been through trauma. They can give you a series of tests to assess the extent of any soft tissue and structural damage, limitations in range of motion, lessening of muscle strength and affected joint and nerve function. Then by manually adjusting your neck and back, they can relieve pressure in your body and aid the management of any pain caused by your car accident. They may also use a massage, laser therapy to speed the healing process or Spinal Decompression if you have suffered a disc injury as well as give you exercises to do at home to further your healing.
The key to recovering quickly is early diagnosis and treatment. So even if your auto accident seemed minor, visit Dr. Kollias or Dr. Derr, your chiropractors at Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa, FL, to be sure you have sustained no serious injury. Call (813) 884-1457 and ensure your accident is completely behind you today!