Being involved in an auto accident can be scary, especially if you are injured. Neck and back injuries can be commonly associated with auto accidents. Visiting our Birmingham, AL chiropractor, Dr. Scott Duca, at Back On Track Chiropractic can help alleviate pain associated with these injuries and help begin the healing process. Below, let's take a closer look at automobile injuries and understand how our chiropractor can help.
Common Auto Accident Injuries
Most people, who have been involved in an auto accident, are diagnosed with whiplash. This injury happens when there is a sudden back and forth jerking motion. This can occur if you are rear-ended in your vehicle. The sudden jerking motion causes a muscle strain in the neck or back. Another common auto accident injury is a herniated disc. In between the vertebrae, there are tiny disc-like structures filled with a liquid substance. Sometimes, through blunt force, the disc can become damaged or herniated, causing this liquid to expel from the disc. Without the liquid in the disc, there is nothing left to cushion the impact between vertebras.
Signs of Injury
The most common sign of injury is soreness in the neck or back, particularly in patients that suffer from whiplash. The soreness can extend through the back and outward to the shoulders. In some cases, patients experience headaches, numbness, or tingling in the hands and fingers. In herniated disc cases, pain can range from a dull ache to a severe pain, depending on the severity and location of the ruptured disc. Many people feel a numbness or tingling sensation in the arms or legs. Another common symptom of a herniated disc is a sudden clumsiness, often dropping or tripping over objects. If you are experiencing these symptoms and have recently been involved in an auto accident, there is a good chance you may have been injured in the accident.
How a Chiropractor Can Help
The role of a chiropractor is to restore balance to the body through the spine. Our Birmingham chiropractor has several tools at his disposal to help achieve this balance. Dr. Duca have several manual manipulation techniques to help reset the spine to proper alignment. Our chiropractor can also use strengthening and stretching techniques to help strengthen the muscles surrounding the injury. This will help eliminate undue stress on the injured site and will help strengthen the muscles surrounding the injury to help support the area through the healing process. Our chiropractor might also prescribe a regiment of exercises to be performed at home to help rebuild strength and flexibility.
Auto accidents can be scary and can derail your entire life. At Back On Track Chiropractic in Birmingham, AL, we are here to help. Our chiropractor and his team of professionals understand that you want to get back to your normal life. To learn more about how we can help or to schedule an appointment, call our office today at 205-623-5782.