Auto Accident Injuries are one of the most common source of unexpected injuries and can lead to years of pain and discomfort. Even a seemingly small “fender bender” can jolt the body and cause misalignment that leads to stiffness, discomfort, and immobility. If you are in an accident and don’t have life-threatening injuries, seek a chiropractor immediately. At Zaker Chiropractic, we can help diagnose any injuries and start a treatment plan based on all-natural, whole-body healing.
Most Common Auto Accident Injury Types
Even if you think your car accident was small, you need to get checked out by a professional. Often, small impacts can cause damage that worsens over time because the initial auto accident injury seems minor and goes untreated.
Whiplash: Probably the most common of auto accident injuries occurs when the head is thrown due to the jolt of impact. The neck is strained when the weight of the head is jerked from one direction to another. Whiplash can lead to neck stiffness, headaches, and tenderness.
Herniated Discs: Bulging, displaced, slipped or ruptured discs can occur when impact affects the spine. These problematic injuries can cause severe back pain and muscle spasms.
Head Injuries: The head can be injured from hitting the side of the car, the steering wheel, the seat headrest or just the jolt of impact. Trauma to the head can cause headaches or concussion that may lead to discomfort, headaches, sensitivity to light, nausea, dizziness, confusion or other cognitive struggles.
Knee Trauma: With the knees under the dashboard and front end of the car, damage commonly occurs that impacts the knees. Knees that are banged or hit in the accident can suffer from deep tissue bruising, cuts, muscle strain, broken bones, and ligament tears. A knee injury can lead to difficulty in walking, constant pain, pain that radiates to the hip and may cause additional back or hip injuries due to favoring the hurt knee with an uneven gait.
Soft Tissue Injuries: Deep bruising, cuts, tears and other injuries can occur to the skin, muscle, and ligaments. Soft tissue car accident injuries might occur because of impact, loose objects flying around in the car, seat belts stopping forward motion, airbag release and more. These bruises, sprains, strains, cuts and other forms of soft tissue damage can be painful and are not always detectable by sight.
Inflammation: Many impact injuries cause inflammation that may cause more discomfort than the initial injury itself. When something is sprained or strained, it is often the inflammation that causes stiffness or pain. Inflammation may make it hard to move the joint correctly, which may lead to a lack of mobility that creates further issues in the healing process.
Treatment Options for Car Crash Injuries
After getting into a car accident, you should either seek emergency help (if you have life-threatening or severe injuries that are apparent immediately) or contact a chiropractor to get a thorough examination. We will be able to provide you with an assessment and then offer services based on any problems you may have or pain you may be experiencing.
Chiropractic Care: Chiropractic Care from a well trained Chiropractor can treat Auto Accident Injuries well by aligning the spine, including the neck, to where it should be. Chiropractors have been treating victims of car crashes for decades with successful outcomes.
Massage Therapy: Deep tissue and gentle massage can be used to help increase blood flow and release tense muscles--ideal for shoulder, back or neck pain. Massage therapy often feels good and helps the mind relax along with the body. We highly recommend massage therapy treatments for patients that have muscle tension or struggle with the “fight or flight” feelings of anxiety.
Physical Therapy: When an auto accident injury occurs, working with a specialist to strengthen and improve flexibility is key to a full recovery. At Zaker Chiropractic, we offer ROM (range of motion) therapy that helps you get your stiff, sore or injured areas back to full strength in a controlled way.
Cryotherapy: Deep cold treatments reduce pain with injuries that cause inflammation and stiffness. Cryotherapy is a treatment carefully monitored by your car accident doctor here at Zakar Chiropractic to help you find pain relief without medications.
Decompression Therapy: When impact from an auto accident affects your back, decompression therapy can alleviate some of the pressure and give the back a better chance to heal. Decompression therapy is especially helpful for herniated, bulging or ruptured discs in the spinal column.
Auto Accident Injuries Treated by Zaker Chiropractic in Newport Beach, San Pedro, and Torrance
Dr. Zaker is your car crash doctor and he is ready to treat any auto accident injuries you have may have. For more answers about how we can help you relieve pain without drugs or surgery, make an appointment with Zaker Chiropractic. Our chiropractors provide a wide variety of services to diagnose and treat pinched nerves. Zaker Chiropractic has several locations to serve you. Call (949) 734-4454 for an appointment in Newport Pain & Wellness in Newport Beach, (424) 235-1562 for South Bay Pain & Wellness in Torrance, or (310) 831-0003 for an appointment with San Pedro Pain & Wellness in San Pedro. Each clinic offers a multidisciplinary list of services.