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Being in a car accident very often is downright scary. It can be one of the most terrifying and overwhelming experiences a person lives through. In one moment your life can change. Many times, even with minor accidents, a person must deal with both physical and emotional damages following their accident. Treating these injuries can be a difficult process.
You may be unsure of what to do after an accident and not know where to go for treatment. You may wonder how you will be able to pay for treatment. We know this can be very stressful. Crawford Chiropractic a chiropractor in Champaign IL can be there for you. Working with a chiropractor experienced in personal injury claims may be able to relieve the stress by billing the other person’s automobile insurance directly when the other driver is at fault. If you were at fault you may still have coverage under your own automobile insurance.
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Chiropractors can help with a variety of different injuries after an accident including:
Neck and back injuries
Soft tissue pain and injuries
Muscle pain and stiffness
Shoulder and arm pain
Whiplash is common after an automobile accident. Many drivers believe that whiplash injuries can only occur in high-speed accidents. Many are surprised that whiplash can occur in minor accidents with only a change in speed of just 2 to 3 miles per hour. Some individuals may have indications of whiplash right away while others may just think they are stiff and sore and may not feel the extent of the injuries until some time later.
Whiplash can cause injury to the neck and/ or back due to the quick back and forth movement of the neck which often happens in a rear-end automobile collisions. This rapid motion causes the soft tissues of your neck --muscles and ligaments --extend beyond their normal range and motion. In turn, this can cause your neck’s ligaments and tendons to tear.
Whiplash can be mild to severe. It can be anywhere from mild to long term pain and discomfort. Most of the time symptoms appear within twenty-four hours after the automobile accident but, at times, symptoms may be delayed for several days.
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Symptoms of whiplash include:
Pain and stiffness: Pain and stiffness can be in the neck, shoulders, or back.
Muscle Spasms: Also known as muscle cramps, muscle spasms happen when a muscle involuntary and forcibly contracts.
What is a muscle spasm?: Otherwise known as muscle cramps, spasms occur when a muscle involuntary and forcibly contracts and cannot relax. These are very common and can affect any muscle. Typically, they involve part or all of a muscle, or several muscles in a group. The most common sites for muscle spasms are the thighs, calves, foot arches, hands, arms, abdomen and sometimes along the ribcage. When occurring in the calves, especially, such cramps are known as “Charley horses.”
What does a muscle spasm feel like?: Muscle spasms range in intensity from mild twitches to severe pain. The spastic muscle may feel harder than normal to the touch, and/or appear visibly distorted. It may show visible signs of twitching. Spasms may typically last from seconds to 15 minutes or longer and may recur multiple times before going away.
Who gets muscle spasms?: Muscle spasms can occur at any time to anyone. Whether you are old, young, sedentary or active, you may develop a muscle spasm. It can happen when you walk, sit, perform any exercise, or even sleep. Some individuals are prone to muscle spasms and get them regularly with any physical exertion. However, those who are at greater risk for muscle spasms are infants, the elderly (over age 65), people who overexert during exercise, those who are ill, and endurance athletes.
- Decreased range of motion: Difficulty flexing, extending, or rotating the head.
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Headache after whiplash:
Nearly two-thirds of cervical spine injury patients experience a headache. About half of those who develop it after whiplash injury feel the pain in the back of their head, a further third get symptoms all over the head and a smaller number feel the whiplash related discomfort at their forehead or behind their eyes.
Headache after whiplash injury often shows itself for the first time on the morning after the accident. The pain sweeps up from the neck and over the back of the head. Most sufferers find that heat on the back of the neck will ease the headache. The cold makes it worse.
Neck movements often aggravate the problem – particularly if the neck is moved towards extension: looking up to the ceiling is often very painful.
Patients with whiplash related head pains often also get shoulder pain and touching the big trapezius muscles over the back of the neck and shoulders often provokes pain or spread of symptoms upwards. There are often tender spots or trigger points in these muscles.
Women get pains in the head after whiplash injury more often than men – the reason for this is unclear but might relate to the smaller structures of the female neck anatomy.
Nearly 80 percent of people who experience whiplash develop a chronic headache, also known as cervicogenic or neck-related headache.
Causes of Whiplash Headache:
The sudden and extreme back-and-forth motion of whiplash can injure the cervical facet joints, causing inflammation and irritation of the nerves in the brain stem and spinal cord.
Symptoms of Whiplash Headache:
The symptoms of whiplash headache are often indistinguishable from any other headache. Pain can occur in any part of the head, neck and jaw. Symptoms may occur immediately after an injury or several days later.
Whiplash headache can initially be treated with physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. If pain persists, steroid/ anesthetic injections in the facet joints of the spine may provide temporary relief, or radiofrequency pain blocks may provide long-term relief.
Going to see a car accident chiropractor as soon as possible after your accident is essential. Even if you are not in pain initially. Injuries can sometimes lay dormant and kick in later on down the road. This can be because of adrenaline and other hormones during the crash.
If you plan to pursue a lawsuit you may be entitled to damages. This means you will need a professional medical diagnosis and documentation of all of your injuries and treatment.
This is where we come in. We have a long history of dealing with these types of situations and will work towards getting you healed.
Let us deal with the insurance hassle and you worry about getting better.
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