common injuries after a car accident

Millions of people get hurt in auto accidents every year. Though the severity of these injuries varies, Adam Bohnenblust, D.C., B.C.N., and the team of board-certified providers at Texas Functional Health Centers in Dallas TX, recommend anyone involved in an auto accident in Dallas TX, or pedestrian accident, to get evaluated by a health professional. Even if you think your injury is minor, getting treatment right away may prevent problems later on. Call Texas Functional Health Centers or schedule your auto accident medical evaluation online today.

Common Injuries After Car Accident in Dallas TX

Unfortunately, many people believe that the most serious injuries sustained following car accidents are immediately noticeable. There is also a misconception that only high speed or hard impact collisions can cause serious damage to a person's body. It has been found that these two beliefs are largely responsible for the vast number of injuries that fail to receive treatment following automobile collisions. Therefore, the first thing to remember when making the decision to seek appropriate care is to understand that a large number of injuries can occur following many different types of collisions.

Following a car accident, a person must keep in mind that many factors such as the placement of a car's headrest, the size of both automobiles involved in the collision, and the speed that they were traveling prior at impact all play an important role in determining the injuries sustained. To help understand this concept, it has been shown through research that a car traveling only 5 mph at the time of impact is capable of producing the forces necessary to cause whiplash injuries. While injuries such as fractures, cuts, concussions, and dislocations are immediately noticeable, other forms of damage to musculature, blood vessels, and nerves may not become evident for months or even years. Unfortunately, when these injuries become evident months and years down the road, insurance companies are often not held liable for reimbursement. Therefore it is important that you undergo a complete evaluation immediately following your accident by a health care professional familiar with these injuries. Your doctor at Texas Functional Health Centers is here to help you in this process.

How can my chiropractor help?

As mentioned previously, chiropractors are one of the few primary health care providers who specialize in treating the musculoskeletal system. Just as a person consults with a cardiologist for concerns about their heart, many people seek care and advice from chiropractors regarding musculoskeletal injuries. While whiplash injuries are not always immediately evident, they are actually considered one of the most common injuries sustained during car accidents. The strain that the forces causing whiplash injuries place on the spine is capable of causing damage to the muscles, ligaments, and nerves responsible for supporting your head and neck. If these seemingly minor injuries are not corrected, they often produce a waterfall effect leading to multiple neurological and musculoskeletal symptoms. In fact, it has been found that whiplash injuries are often responsible for early degeneration of the vertebrae throughout your spine, as well as a multitude of symptoms such as pain and headaches. Since automobile injuries can involve many systems throughout the body, finding a doctor who is able to address each area is important. Our team at Texas Functional Health Centers in Dallas TX will create an individualized treatment plan that encompasses chiropractic adjustments, active and passive physical therapy, exercise programs, and possibly nutritional modifications to help speed up the recovery process.

As you can see, seeking care immediately after an automobile accident in a Dallas TX can mean the difference between recovery and a lifetime of pain. If you have been in a car accident or know someone who has, please contact our team at Texas Functional Health Centers as soon as possible to schedule a consultation.

Auto Accident Q & A

What are the common types of auto accident injuries?

Auto accident injuries vary as much as the car crashes themselves. These types of injuries depend on many factors, including speed, the area of the car hit, and your body position at the time of impact, and may affect any part of the body.

Some of the more common types of auto injuries include:

  • Whiplash
  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain
  • Muscle strains
  • Herniated disc
  • Shoulder or knee pain
  • Scrapes and cuts
  • Fractures
  • Head injuries

You may also have these types of injuries if you were involved in a pedestrian accident (car vs. person). However, injuries can be more severe for pedestrians.

When should I seek medical care for an auto accident?

You should seek medical care for an auto accident right away. Though you may not question whether you need medical care after a high-impact car crash, you may not realize you have an injury following a low-impact accident like a fender-bender until hours after the accident.

Auto accidents trigger your body’s fight-or-flight reaction, and the release of adrenaline may mask the pain from an injury. Once the adrenaline wears off, you may feel achy and stiff. This type of delayed pain is common in a whiplash injury.

What happens during an auto accident evaluation?

The team at Texas Functional Health Centers conducts a thorough examination when you come in for an auto accident evaluation. They aim to find any and all injuries so they can create a comprehensive plan that leads to complete healing.

The team asks detailed questions about the accident, including the crash's impact and where you were sitting in the car in relation to the impact area. They review your medical history and perform a physical exam.

The team may also order imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRIs, to confirm or rule out an injury.

What are some of the treatments for an auto accident injury?

The team at Texas Functional Health Centers customizes your auto accident rehabilitation plan based on the type and severity of your injury or injuries.

Treatment may include:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Exercise and stretching program
  • Physical therapy
  • Fascial therapy
  • Low-level light therapy (LLLT)

The team schedules regular follow-up visits to provide the ongoing care your body needs to heal.

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