Our doctors have had great success in treating patients who have been involved in auto accidents. Most commonly these patients sufferer with neck pain, headaches, and back pain. Whiplash is a common injury for people involved in car collisions. When a car is struck from behind or collides with another object, it causes the neck to snap back and forth violently. This causes the muscles and ligaments to overextend, leading to strains and tears. This is referred to as soft tissue damage, and can cause stiffness and soreness. Whiplash can also cause structural damage such as misaligned vertebrae, herniated discs, or nerve damage due to the overextension from the violent movement. As a result of this neck trauma, headaches and arm pain can occur immediately but most often weeks or months later.
Another common condition with auto accidents is low back pain. This can result from the impact of the collision causing a twisting of the lower back from the seatbelt harness. Seatbelts are safety devices but can cause soft tissue injury to the lower back during impact.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto accident (driver or passenger), please call us now at 614.846.BACK(2225) to schedule an appoinment.
By Dr. Randall Huffer