auto-injuries-njHave you been injured in a car accident? Are you suffering with pain because of this accident? Unfortunately, every 14 seconds, someone in the US is injured by a car accident.

The good news is… you’re not in pain; the bad news is… you may still have been injured! Injuries may go undetected for days, weeks or even months following the accident. Slowly, symptoms may start to develop. These include:

  • Back Pain
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Nausea
  • Neck Pain
  • Tendonitis

Most people involved in an automobile accident suffer a whiplash injury. A whiplash is used to describe a soft tissue neck injury. Your head “whips” forward (hyperflexion) and then backwards (hyperextension) or vice versa. When this occurs, tendons, ligaments and muscles that protect and cushion the spine can become damaged – as well as injuring discs and the spine itself. When tissues are stretched or torn, the spine becomes significantly less stable. If you have  suffered a whiplash injury, it is vital to seek whiplash treatment.

Factors that contribute to the severity of a whiplash include:

  • The way you are positioned in the car.
  • Being properly restrained (shoulder and seat belt).

Automobile injuries are a common source of chronic pain. Therefore, seeking correct care, as soon as possible, is crucial in the recovery process. If you do not go to the hospital immediately, schedule an appointment with your primary care physician or chiropractor to evaluate your pain after car accident.

Chiropractors are experts at evaluating and treating injuries from car accidents, because pain is usually associated with the spine. They skillfully realign vertebrae that are out of alignment in the back or neck, helping to relieve pain and restore structural balance. Soft tissue injuries are detected and corrected through a customized rehabilitation program.

So, if you have been involved in an automobile accident and want to make sure you have not sustained any injuries or want to evaluate your injuries and seek care, the following diagnostic tools are recommended:

  • Structural Evaluation: This may include X-rays, Orthopedic and Neurological Testing, Motion and Static Palpation Techniques, Spinal Joint Movement Evaluation, Gait Analysis and Postural Analysis.
  • Muscular Evaluation: This may include Joint Range-of Motion Testing, Arm and Hand Strength and Reflex Evaluation.
  • A Computerized Axial Tomography scat (CT or CAT scan) or a Magnetic Resonance Imaging test (MRI) may be necessary if a herniated disc or a significant muscle or ligament injury is possible.

Once necessary tests and evaluations are analyzed, a customized treatment program can be created. Treatment options offered include:

  • Pain Management
  • Chiropractic Care: Spinal manipulation, instrument assisted manipulation, trigger point therapy, non-surgical spinal decompression, manual joint stretching and resistance techniques. A soft cervical collar may be recommended for a short time.
  • Physical Therapy: Passive and Active Physical Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Nutritional Counseling: Stay hydrated and provide nutritional fuel for the body.

If you are experiencing pain after car accident, please seek care. There are numerous options available, including whiplash treatment and back pain after car accident treatment programs.

And, remember to always:

  • Buckle up!
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs!
  • Obey the rules of the road, stop signs and traffic lights!
  • Make sure your car is in proper working condition!

Call New Jersey’s own Alternative Integrated Medical Services today at 732-254-5553 and receive a FREE Initial Consultation. Our goal is to provide the most advanced and compassionate pain relief. Our Team of Experts and friendly staff at your local East Brunswick, NJ AIMS Clinic, will help you reduce or eliminate pain and improve function. As our patient, we will teach you how to regain your health with our revolutionary new treatment program.