Print and carry our auto accident brochure with helpful tips and reminders in case you get in an accident.
The following lists the most common whiplash symptoms as well as their rate of occurrence. If you experience any of these symptoms, play it safe and get a check up immediately.
|Neck pain or stiffness||92%|
|Pain between shoulders||42%|
|Low back pain||39%|
|Upper limb paresthesia||30%|
|Sensitivity to noise||29%|
|Upper limb pain||12%|
|Upper limb weakness||6%|
|Ringing in the ears||4%|
|Pain in the jaw or face||4%+|
Car Accident Treatment & Therapy Center
2.4 million people are injured in automobile accidents each year. Auto accidents are classified as either low velocity (below 10 mph) or high velocity (above 10 mph). In low velocity accidents, the injuries usually result from the rapid movement of the body during the crash. Common low-velocity injuries include whiplash and muscle strains/sprains. The onset of these symptoms are often delayed.
More serious injuries usually occur in high velocity collisions due to the fact the victim often experiences a second impact, hitting an object in the vehicle such as the airbag, dashboard or even the windshield.
Typical symptoms that may result are:
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Numbness or tingling
Back and neck pain from a car accident can not only be excruciating, but it can be traumatizing as well. Especially if not treated properly. That is why we provide our patients who have suffered from a recent auto accident with the most thorough therapies offered by our therapist and chiropractors. Schedule your free consult now and see if our therapies can help you out!
Helpful Checklist if Are in an Auto Accident
Please review and print and place our auto accident tri-fold in your glove box. This guide will explain exactly what to do if you are involved in an automobile accident. It is important that you immediately schedule an appointment so we can evaluate the extent of your injuries and prescribe a treatment plan to accelerate your recovery.
Crash Facts You May Not Have Known
- Threshold for cervical spine soft tissue injury is 5 mph
- Most injuries occur at speeds below 12 mph
- A 5 mph delta V crash typically produces 10-12 g of acceleration of the victims head
- Other studies show that most rear impact injuries occur at speeds of 6 mph to 12 mph (majority below threshold for property damage to vehicle)
- Delayed onset of symptoms has shown to be more common
- 1.99 million Americans are injured in whiplash accidents each year
How We Treat Whiplash After a Car Accident
Even though the car may have received little damage, occupants can suffer serious spinal injury. Injuries to the neck caused by the sudden movement of head, backward, forward, or sideways, is referred to as "whiplash."
Whiplash is most commonly received from riding in a car that is struck from behind or collides with another object. When the head is suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its normal limits, the muscles and ligaments supporting the spine and head can be overstretched or torn. The soft, pulpy discs between spinal bones can bulge, tear or rupture. Vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position, reducing range of motion. The spinal cord and nerve roots in the neck can get stretched and irritated. While the occupants can suffer considerable soft tissue injury, the car may be only slightly damaged.
The resulting instability of the spine and soft tissues can result in headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, pain in the shoulder, arms and hands, reduced ability to turn and bend, and low back problems. As the body attempts to adapt, symptoms may not appear for weeks or even months later.
After a thorough case history and examination, our doctor will recommend a series of visits to help restore proper motion and position of spinal bones. If caught early enough, inflammation can be reduced and scar tissue can often be minimized.