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What happens to your spine after an auto accident?

What happens to your spine after an auto accident?


Being involved in an auto accident is a very traumatic experience physiologically, which can sometimes distract people from the pain their body is in after such an event occurs. There are all sorts of possible injuries that can occur during an auto accident, everything from your head, back, thighs, feet, and more can be affected during an automobile collision.

One area that is usually always affected in some way during an auto accident is your spine. This is mainly due to the fact that your back is always in contact with points of the vehicle that transfer energy during an impact.

Exactly how an auto accident affects your spine and back will depend on different variables like where the direct impact was made, how your body reacted to the collision, and more. To help you understand how you should deal with any back or neck pain after being involved in an auto accident, we're going to provide you with all the most essential information you need to know below.

The Physical Effects of An Auto Accident on Your Spine

When you are involved in an auto accident, your spine is impacted by the "shockwaves" or residual energy transfer of the original impact. Depending on where this impact occurs, your spine may be indirectly or directly affected as a result.

Because of how much adrenaline is produced in the moment of an auto accident, many people don't notice they have suffered back problems until weeks after the incident. This can be dangerous as serious injuries when left to progress can lead to even worse conditions. That's why you should always seek the assistance of a professional primary care physician after being involved in an auto accident.

Since whiplash occurs in almost all auto accidents; it's vital to know what conditions can develop as a result of experiencing it. Here are some of the most common spinal conditions that can be caused by whiplash:

Advanced degenerative disc disease

Disc herniation

Spina stenosis

Joint disease

Inflammation, tenderness, and bone spurs are also common symptoms of thee conditions. If you are experiencing any of the above, contact your primary physician immediately.

Spinal Therapy Options

For those who have been involved in an auto accident and are suffering from spinal pain, the good news is that there are treatments out there. Spinal decompression is one of the most commonly used alternative spinal therapy treatments. Just as the name implies, spinal decompression works by relieving excess pressure around your most sensitive spinal points. The procedure must be administered by a licensed chiropractor as one improper move can lead to some serious adverse side effects.

You should only seek a professional Oviedo chiropractor's assistance after you've spoken with your primary care physician. They will be able to give you personalized advice on whether your injuries require surgery or medication instead of alternative therapy.

Use all of this information to ensure you stay healthy no matter what life throws at you!

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