Chiropractic Care for Auto Accident Injury
Any time you are in a car crash, it's a good idea to make an appointment with your chiropractor to get checked out just as soon as you are able. Auto accident injury often causes no symptoms at all on the scene. You may feel fine for several days or even several weeks afterward. But subtle damage and misalignment eventually take their toll. Dunn Chiropractic and Acupuncture Natural Health Center in Akron should be one of your first stops after a crash.
Auto accident injury builds up over time.
The reason the pain, stiffness, and immobility that you can suffer after you've been in a wreck is whiplash isn't any ordinary injury. Whiplash occurs when you are traveling along and you have to make a sudden stop. The car stops, but your body still has forward momentum. Your seat belt, your airbag, your steering wheel, your dashboard, or, in really serious accidents, your windshield or the pavement eventually stops your body's forward momentum. That sudden stop places serious strain on the muscles in your neck and on your spine. Even a fender bender can cause whiplash. At Dunn Chiropractic in Akron, we see patients who suffered whiplash even though they were only traveling two or three miles per hour when they crashed.
Whiplash pulls neck muscles out of line. Your neck muscles are directly connected to your spine, so they pull your cervical spine out of line. But this doesn't happen until your muscles begin to repair themselves through the process of inflammation. Injured neck muscles don't always swell and become painful right away. When they do, they pull on the vertebrae in your neck. And these misaligned vertebrae can pinch the brachial nerves that go to your shoulder, arm, and hand. Or the swollen muscles in your neck can tug on the muscles in your face, behind your ears, and around your eyes. The injury you may not have felt at the time can cause headaches, blurry vision, speech problems, swallowing problems, migraine-like pain, stiffness in your neck, pain in your shoulder, arm, and hand, and a general loss of mobility and range of motion.
The sooner you get your cervical spine back in alignment, the fewer of these problems you will have to deal with. And while you are recovering, your chiropractor can provide you with drug-free pain relief that has no side effects.
When you have an auto accident injury, see Dr. Dunn.
Dunn Chiropractic and Acupuncture Natural Health Center in Akron is ready to help. Your first consultation is free. Contact us about the best times for your appointment online, or call Dr. Dunn at 330-733-1203.