It is estimated there are over 6 million cars involved in accidents in the US each year, from a simple fender bender to much more serious collisions. Even after a small accident, it is important to get checked out by a physician or chiropractor immediately. Many times people are in shock after even the tiniest accidents and do not realize that an injury occurred.
Trauma happens to the body in slow-speed accidents all the time. These injuries are mostly non-life threatening, with whiplash and injury to the neck among the most common. This usually happens as the body is stopped abruptly from moving forward due to the momentum of the impact. This causes the spine and neck to, essentially, snap back. In fact, for accidents that happen with speeds over 45mph it is almost guaranteed a spinal injury will occur.
The good news is that many of these injuries can be corrected by chiropractic care. A healthy spine sits in a C-shape position, but when there is a trauma it tends to go towards more of a S-shape position. The domino effect then starts to happen with muscles tightening and pain radiating down the back. A good chiropractor will assess all of these injuries and start you on a plan to help your spin move back to the correct position.
When involved in an accident – even minor ones – it is best to get checked out by a chiropractor to make sure that there are no new or worsening injuries as a result. It is “better to be safe than sorry” when it comes to your health. In the unfortunate event of an accident, call ProHealth Chiropractic Center in Mequon or Random Lake right away.