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Injuries sustained in an auto accident are similar to injuries sustained in contact sports. For this reason, a sports chiropractor has a leg up in the treatment and therapies used to be very effective in treating whiplash type injuries. Harris Chiropractic of Middleton has managed many car accident cases and is focused on quickly and effectively treating both the soft-tissues and joints. Take the time to get the care you need from Dr. Jeff Harris, DC if you have experienced an auto accident.

How Can Chiropractic Sports Physicians Help With Whiplash Injuries?

Statistics indicate that most people will be involved in a car accident requiring chiropractic care some time in their life. Injuries sustained can range from very serious to mild sprain/strain type injuries. Research has shown that even low-impact accidents (those under 10 miles per hour) can result in injuries to the neck, back, or shoulders as well as creating incorrect compensation patterns which lead to long-term pain issues if left untreated. Usually, these injuries occur in soft tissues such as ligaments, tendons, or muscles with more serious cases involving nerves or inter-vertebral discs. If you do have injuries from an auto accident, it is important to receive treatment from a provider who is experienced at evaluating "whiplash" type injuries and knows how to treat not only soft tissue injuries but joints as well. Whiplash involves many structures.

Common Car Accident Injuries

The most common injury in a car accident is called whiplash, which is a combination of ligament sprains and muscle strains.  This usually occurs to the neck and upper back but may also involve the lower back.  The injury can be complicated by many factors including:

  • If you saw the accident coming or not

  • If you were slightly turned one direction or the other upon impact

  • Past history of injury or underlying conditions such as degenerative disc disease, disc bulge, and disc herniation

  • The speed of the cars at the time of the accident

  • If you were the driver or the passenger

While ligament sprains and muscle strains are the most common whiplash injuries in an auto accident, people may also experience sprains, strains, or injuries to other areas of the body such as:

  • Whiplash or other injuries to the shoulder or collarbone from the seat belt

  • Whiplash, sprain/strain, to the TMJ in the jaw

  • Concussion and other head injuries

  • Fractured bones

  • Internal injuries

  • Scrapes and abrasions

  • Bruises

  • Neurologic symptoms, or pinched nerve, from the tension put on nerves of the spine during the whiplash action

  • Disc bulge

  • Disc herniation

If you have been involved in a car accident, seek medical attention right away. Even if you cannot immediately see your injuries, you may still have sustained them.

Frequently, accident victims do not notice their injuries until some time has passed. However, even minor disruption to your spinal stabilizers can cause tension in your muscles and spine, potentially creating long term injury if not treated appropriately.

Preventative Measures After a Car Accident

Seeking immediate treatment is the key to reducing the chances of life impacting effects and long-term disability from your injuries. At Harris Chiropractic in Middleton, we can help you recover properly from an accident by creating an individualized treatment plan to address your specific injuries. Dr. Harris may also provide corrective exercises specific to your injuries.

If you have been involved in an automotive accident, you should visit a chiropractic physician as soon as possible. The longer you wait to receive treatment for your injuries, the more difficult and painful they may become to correct. A thorough evaluation is the first step toward recovering both physically and emotionally from an accident.

Insurance companies realize the importance of a combination of treatment therapies and chiropractic care which we provide at Harris Chiropractic and cover these services whether you are the driver, passenger, or a pedestrian. Harris Chiropractic bills insurance directly to save you time and make the insurance process as simple as possible, allowing you to focus on recovery.

If you would like to make an appointment for an auto injury, or to discuss your condition with Dr. Jeff Harris, DC, please contact us or call our scheduling line at 208-424-5100.

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