Whiplash is the most common injury suffered in auto accidents. Up to 90% of people who visit their chiropractor after an auto accident report symptoms of this condition. Oftentimes, right after an accident this goes unnoticed as symptoms often take days or even weeks to present. It is a good idea to visit a Denver Chiropractor immediately after an accident, even if you do not experience any pain at the moment.
Whiplash is caused by the sudden movement of one part of the body in relation to another part. When a vehicle crashes, the sudden stop causes the body to move backward and forward very quickly, which causes damage to the muscles and discs in the neck.
The neck is a complex structure and many important vessels travel through this area. Many nerves are contained in this body part too and therefore an injury could result in many complex symptoms.
Other body parts are also at risk when an accident occurs. Most common areas of pain are lower back, arms, shoulders and jaw. People may also suffer from thoracic outlet syndrome, visual impairment, dizziness and vertigo. Sudden movement due to a collision causes nerve injury and this often leads to headaches.
Stress causes myofascial tension. Referred pain and direct injury can also be the cause of this. Soft tissues hold the spine together and these can often be stretched or torn by the velocity of the collision. Brain injury because of this can manifest in vertigo and dizziness.
In order to catch any injury and damage early, get to Denver Chiropractor early after an accident. This should be the case even if you are not in pain. The caregiver will do a full check up on you in order to see if you have sustained any serious injuries and if you have he will get you on the road to recovery.