Car Crash and Whiplash
Were you in a car crash recently? Has your neck or low back started to hurt? There is a good chance that you may be experiencing whiplash. As we move towards winter and the driving conditions deteriorate accidents tend to happen more frequently. If you were involved in a car crash, there is a good chance that you are hurt, even if you don’t initially feel like it. Whiplash injuries may come on as soreness in the next few days or even weeks.
Whiplash can have a broad variety of symptoms which can range in severity from mild to excruciating. Really, whiplash is a broad term that covers a long list of possible injuries that can occur to your head, neck and spine during an impact.
Some of the most common symptoms associated with whiplash are:
- Neck pain/stiffness
- Greater pain with neck movement
- Reduction in or loss of range of motion in the neck
- Pain or tenderness in shoulders, upper back or arms
- Neurological symptoms such as tingling or numbness in the arms
- General Fatigue
What to do after a Car Crash
When you are initially in a car crash, the shock and jolt of the impact may cause you to have an adrenaline reaction which can numb or dull pain from muscle or joint damage. Even if you feel fine directly afterwards, at minimum, visit an urgent care doctor and be assessed. They may be able to catch injuries that you would not immediately notice.
After seeing an Urgent care doctor, you may also want to have a consultation with a chiropractor. While urgent care doctors are experts on the body’s internal systems, chiropractors are experts on the body’s movement, muscles and joints. Whiplash can stretch muscles, tear tendons and damage joints. The extensive training that Chiropractor’s receive, uniquely qualifies them to assess movement restrictions and tissue damage that may have occurred during the car crash. They can then set up a treatment plan customized to your injuries to get you back on the road.
Car Crash treatment in Milwaukie, OR
If you are looking for a chiropractor in Milwaukie, look no further than Milwaukie Spine and Sport. We frequently treat whiplash and car crash injures with great success and in most cases at little or no cost to you. Your Motor Vehicle Insurance company is required by Oregon law to provide you with Personal Injury Protection(PIP) coverage of a minimum of $15,000. This is strictly to cover any injuries that you may have sustained as a result of the accident. Repairs to your car and settlements are covered out of a completely different benefit.
If you were recently in a car crash and think you might be experiencing whiplash, take care of yourself and get checked out. Don’t wait until the pain gets bad before you come in. We are conveniently located in Downtown Milwaukie, Oregon in the SE corner of the HWY 99 and HWY 224 interchange. Give us a call or stop by today!