Over 2 million auto accidents occur every year...

Car accidents can cause debilitating injuries, both physically and emotionally.

The force from an automobile that is transferred into your spine during a motor vehicle accident is tremendous, even in a slow speed collision ranging (1-2 mph to 25mph).

To ensure proper healing, it is very important to seek immediate care from a qualified physician as soon as possible following the incident.  Left untreated car accidents can cause chronic neck pain, headaches and low back pain.

Common Car Accident Injuries

This is the most common injury to the neck causing spinal misalignments and damage to the facet joints, discs, nerves, ligaments and spinal muscles.

You will feel pain, stiffness and a limited range of motion in the neck, upper back, arms or shoulders. 

You may have dizziness or vertigo, difficulty focusing, a headache, muscle spasms, nerve injury, a sensation of pins and needles, difficulty sleeping to name a few.

Whiplash injuries cause tight, painful and spasmed muscles in your neck and upper back which are guaranteed to cause debilitating headaches.

You may feel pain behind the eyes or temples, jaw pain and pain in your scalp.

Tight muscles in your neck can also cause pressure on delicate upper cervical nerves causing migraines and occipital type headaches.  These headaches can be severe and long lasting.

Skilled soft tissue therapy combined with gentle chiropractic manipulation is key to relieving your pain, and provides an actual solution for your headaches and is safer than taking ibuprophen or acetamataphine.

 

A whiplash injury from a car accident can cause concussion as the brain bounces around inside of the scull, causing bruising to the brain. 

Concussion is more common than kids than adults, as children’s brains are still developing.

The great news is that 80% of concussions, when properly diagnosed and managed, will improve in 10-14 days. 

Concussions can be difficult to recognize  because they are purely subjective.  Here are the main signs and symptoms to look out for:

  • A change in thinking or emotions (irritable, sad, overly emotional)
  • A headache that occurs after the incident
  • Vision change or light sensitivity
  • Sensitivity to loud noises
  • Just not feeling right
  • Feeling foggy, dazed or just out of it
  • Nausea
  • Being super tired
  • Balance issues

Our expert Athletic Trainers have advanced training in this area, and will help you manage your concussion and get the treatment you need if they do have a whiplash injury.

Our Doctors understand the impact of a car accident on your low back.

80% of the time, low back pain is musculoskeletal in nature and can be managed without surgery or injections.

The answer to most cases of low back pain is a combination of excellent manual therapy, movement patterning, mobilization of the stiff parts and stabilization of the weak parts.

We use a combination of cutting edge techniques and foundational exercises designed to produce immediate results you can feel quickly.

One you are feeling better, we will work to build your foundation so that you don’t get hurt again.  Our Doctors know that to prevent further occurrences of low back pain you have to have a strong core and mobile and powerful hips.

Whether you have a disc injury or an acute low back sprain, we can help you.

Remember Your pain may increase in the weeks following your collision. 

And, unless you seek proper treatment, these problems can get worse over time.

You may have tried to learn to live with the pain or taken medication to mask it, but it is important to understand that pain is your body’s signal that something is wrong.

Complete healing and recovery from a car accident is achieved through a combined approach of soft tissue mobilization, chiropractic care, and active rehabilitation.

Head 2 Toe Spine & Sports Therapy will customize your treatment plan and assist you through recovery.

 

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