The injuries caused by an automobile accident include everything from concussion to whiplash. Whiplash is very painful although considered to be a mild and temporary condition. Pain in any part of the spine can be another result of a car crash. Many victims turn to a prominent Fargo Chiropractor for help with pain relief.
The head is jerked backward and then immediately forward extending muscles and ligaments located in the neck farther than the normal range. The pain can be felt in the thoracic spine, lumbar spine and arms as well. It is more common for women to be affected by a whiplash injury due to weaker neck muscles.
It typically takes more than six hours for the symptoms of a whiplash accident to show. In some cases it can take days. It is possible that a head injury is present along with other symptoms.
There may be lower back pain, jaw pain and a reduction in range of motion. The victim may have headaches, dizziness and blurry vision. Shoulders and arms, and sometimes legs, may feel numb.
Immobilization collars are used during transport from the accident scene. It has been discovered, however, that wearing one for an extended period of time does not promote healing. Rather, it is found to impede recovery. Long-term bed rest is also less beneficial than being as active as possible.
Pain alleviation is possible with chiropractic care. A first appointment will consist of a full evaluation of your condition. Palpation of the neck can reveal swelling and tender spots. Range of motion tests will determine how difficult it is to turn the head from one side to the other.
An x-ray will aid in the assessment of the injury. After that, a care plan can be set into motion. It may include gentle adjustments of the cervical spine. Cold compresses immediately after the accident may be followed by hot compresses. Massage and acupuncture are also possible additions to a comprehensive care plan.
You can get natural, safe and fast finger, wrist, elbow and shoulder pain relief through chiropractic care. Click here for more information about a reputable Fargo chiropractor at http://www.balancechiropracticandrehab.com now.
Dr. Daniel Pozarnsky
Dr. Pozarnsky is in Private practice as a Chiropractic Physician at Balance Chiropractic and Rehab in West Fargo, ND. He specializes in auto and work injury cases as well as general neck and back pain cases. He is an occupational health consultant for large corporations in the West Fargo ND area, and a physical rehab consultant for Doctors, Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Personal Trainers, and Fitness Coaches.