Car accidents are unpredictable. Even when anticipated, they can cause severe, lasting injuries.
Research shows that of the nearly 100 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain, auto accidents are a leading contributor. It is estimated that 37% of chronic pain cases are neck and back injuries resulting from traffic accidents and whiplash.
Types of Pain from Car Accidents
Injuries derived from tra&c accidents can be vast, ranging from whiplash and general back or neck pain to broken bones and burns. Understanding the type of damage after a crash helps determine what kinds of treatment to seek.
Whiplash is one of the most common vehicular-accident related injuries. This neck strain occurs when there is an abrupt jerking of the head, either forward or backward. Typical symptoms include neck stiffness, headaches, general upper back or shoulder pain, neck tightness and pain and dizziness. CT scans and MRI might be necessary to diagnose the injury. Depending on the severity of whiplash, treatment can include physical therapy.
Back and neck pain are often due to muscle dysfunction but may also be more serious spinal injuries. According to the Mayo Clinic, car accidents contribute to over 35% of new, annual spinal injuries. Common spinal injuries include spondylolisthesis and disc herniation. Spondylolisthesis happens when vertebra slides out of place, which may cause pinched nerves, pain, and weakness. In severe cases, this injury can lead to a loss of bowel and bladder control.
Similarly, herniated discs occur when cushiony discs between the vertebra slip out of place. This injury may cause weakness and numbing of arms or legs. Physical therapy is the most common treatment.
Treating Chronic Pain after an Accident
Even minor car accidents can cause serious injuries that vary from person to person. After an accident, if you are feeling any pain, it is essential to seek medical advice. Initial minimal pain can signify a more serious injury. New Health Services understands how accident-related pain differs and goes beyond just the physical pain. At New Health Services, our comprehensive care philosophy evaluates pain on an individual basis to develop the best way to treat the whole person.
If you or someone you know is experiencing post-accident pain, contact us today.