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Common Injuries Following a Car Accident

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Many different injuries can be sustained if you are in a car accident. You may feel pain directly following the incident or you may seemingly walk away unscathed. It is common for your pain to be delayed for hours, days, or even several weeks. This is due to adrenaline rushing around your body which masks many symptoms such as pain. 

Below are a few of the most common injuries that you can incur following a collision:

Bone Fractures 

The most common fractures following a collision include spinal vertebrae, the clavicle (which runs across the top of your ribcage), the pelvic bone, the fibula (lower leg) and Femur (upper leg). These injuries are usually caused by blunt force trauma. It is crucial to heal and maintain these bones in order to remain active for many years to come. 

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Facet Joint Injuries 

Facet Joints are the connections between the bones of the spine. These important tripod-like connectors contain many nerve roots that reach the arms, legs and other parts of the body. They can be injured by bending backward, twisting or jerking sideways, falling, or trauma due to car accidents or collisions. 

Nerve Damage 

Nerve Damage caused by a car accident can cause serious aftereffects such as pain, headaches, emotional and mental disorders. An untreated neurological injury can lead to many larger-scale issues such as loss of strength, numbness, and tingling in extremities.

Herniated Disc

Sometimes referred to as slipped or ruptured discs, these sections of the spinal structure need to be aligned in order to avoid lifelong problems. Ruptured discs in the lower back may put pressure on the sciatic nerve causing sharp pain in the legs extending to the feet. Failure to care for herniated discs could cause numbness in the back or legs, back pain, or even numbness in the calf, foot, toes, hands and fingers. 


Whiplash is defined as when a person’s head moves backward and forward very suddenly with great force. This severe jerking motion can cause the nerves in this area to become stretched or pinched. If left untreated you could develop many associated disorders including chronic neck pain, headaches, dizziness, or ringing in your ears. 

Chiropractic care following a car accident has many key benefits. 

Seeing a chiropractor is vital to restoring or maintaining mobility, preventing chronic pain, and reducing inflammation following a car wreck. Chiropractic care is a practical, medication-free treatment route for those with aversions to pain medication or who are concerned about becoming dependent on prescription pharmaceuticals. Chiropractic treatment will treat the underlying conditions causing your pain rather than masking the symptoms and will help reduce the likelihood of back problems developing in the future. 

If you are suffering from back pain as a result of being involved in an accident, our experienced team of chiropractors is happy to support you. Please call to schedule your appointment. 

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