The human body is not made to withstand the tremendous force experienced in a motor vehicle accident. Thus, serious and long-term injuries can occur, even without visible signs. While a severe injury may require hospitalization, mild injuries such as microtears in the muscles or ligaments can lead to chronic pain. Pain caused during a motor vehicle accident can originate from a variety of causes, including bruised or broken bones, neck injuries, displaced bone fragments in the spine, herniated discs or soft tissue injuries like bruised muscles. One of the most common injuries associated with motor vehicle accidents is whiplash, which is a sudden movement of the head leading to damage to the muscles, ligaments and connective tissues in the neck and upper back. Whiplash may have a delayed onset, but over time it can create low back pain, neck pain, dizziness, headaches, upper back and shoulder pain, fatigue and cognitive problems. More than 20 percent of whiplash victims continue to have disability or pain for several years.
The longer one goes without seeking treatment after a motor vehicle accident, the more likely it is that complications and permanent injuries will arise. A motor vehicle injury, such as whiplash, can be treated with medication, injections, physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic care. Chiropractic treatment for motor vehicle accidents includes spinal manipulation, ice and heat therapy and massage, as well as exercise to regain muscle mass and improve balance. Chiropractic care can be highly effective in reducing inflammation, restoring range of motion and overcoming pain after a motor vehicle accident.