Automobile Injuries

Automobile accidents are an inevitable part of life, as people will always make mistakes. Did you know that from 5pm until 5:59 is the most dangerous time to drive during the weekday? Just like you, so many people are in a hurry to get home, to relax, and see their loved ones. On weekends, the highest rate of car accidents is between 2 and 2:59pm. In 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the age group with the highest amount of recorded vehicular accidents was 45 to 54 years of age.

Auto Accidents & Whiplash

Yes, there is a high possibility that you have whiplash, even if the accident was some time ago. Chronic headaches, neck or shoulder pain, dizziness, facial pain, nausea, and visual problems are all indicators that you are suffering from whiplash. Low-speed, low-impact automobile accidents are responsible for many whiplash injuries. The neck is thrust back and forth, causing the ligaments and supporting muscles to stretch and tear. This damage may compromise the structural integrity of the spinal column.

Masking the Whiplash Symptoms

Even if you were in the car accident two years ago, you could still be suffering from whiplash.  Spine specialists see it all the time. Patients go to the emergency room or their family doctor, where x-rays are taken and prescriptions for pain medicine and muscle relaxers are written. This medication only conceals the symptoms of whiplash.

Problems of Untreated Whiplash Injury

As the medications mask the symptoms of whiplash, many people don’t think twice about going to a see a spine doctor. When the neck pain and headaches begin, your body is trying to tell you something. Untreated whiplash can lead to several painful and lifelong conditions, especially when a vertebra is misaligned or a disc is damaged.

Common conditions include:

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Degenerative Disc Disease

  • Herniated Discs

  • Bulging Discs

Car Accident Treatment

If you believe your neck or back pain is a result of an auto accident, please don’t postpone seeking medical attention. The experts at Preferred Spine & Rehab have corrective, natural back pain treatments specifically designed for whiplash or other spine injuries sustained in automobile accidents. Patients suffering from this type of trauma may find pain relief in our Chiropractic Care or Physical Therapy programs.

Please schedule an appointment and take advantage of our Free Consultation, which includes a physical examination and x-rays if necessary.