What Happens to My Body During a Car Accident?
Your body wasn’t designed to deal with the forces that occur in a car accident. Even though modern cars have an array of safety features, the damage from an accident can range from small aches to life-changing injuries.
The force that both your vehicle and body absorb while driving along the road is known as kinetic energy. Your vehicle has been carefully built to
displace the (kinetic) energy that occurs during an accident. However, no matter what type of car you have, your body will still absorb some of the impact.
Why it Matters:
The powerful forces during impact can cause injuries to your body. A few of the most common injuries that occur after a crash include:
- Whiplash: when your car is rear-ended, your neck gets thrown back from the impact and then rebounds by flexing forward. Whiplash commonly injures the tendons and ligaments in your neck and can cause severe pain, and it’s estimated to occur in over 25% of auto accidents.
- Head Impact: Your head may collide with the headrest (during whiplash) or even the steering wheel or airbag. Concussions, headaches, and other symptoms may show up after an accident. Concussions can also be caused by whiplash without the head hitting anything at all.
- Shoulder and Knee Injuries: Bracing for an accident can often cause a shoulder injury. It’s also not uncommon for your knees to hit either the door or dashboard during an accident.
If you’ve been in an automobile accident, the most crucial first step is to be evaluated by a medical professional, which includes a chiropractor. At the scene of the crash, your adrenaline is pumping, and you may not
feel any pain or discomfort right away. However, many people wake up the
next day, experiencing the full brunt of their injuries, which can last for days, weeks, or even months.
Call us today if you’ve experienced pain as a result of a crash. We would be happy to provide a full evaluation and help you take the first steps on the road to recovery. We accept all personal injury insurances, file the claims for you, and even work with your attorney (if you have one) to make sure your case is fully documented.
Many studies have also found individuals injured in MVA's prefer chiropractic care for the treatment of their injuries. One such study evaluated 190 whiplash injury victims and found those who received chiropractic care reported treatment satisfaction of 100%.
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