23 Oct What to Do When You Are in a Car Accident and You’re the Driver
Regardless of the safety ratings of your vehicle, a body being tossed and jerked around within a massive metal cage of a car is not something that we humans are built to withstand. If you’re driving and encounter another vehicle or object in a head-on collision, chances are that your bodily trauma will be best addressed by a medical doctor, a chiropractor, or both.
Absorbing the Shock of an Accident
An auto bumper might be able to deal with a crash speed of up to 5 miles per hour, but a human head and neck simply cannot. Studies show that even collisions under 20 miles per hour result in injuries that range from negligible to severe. It all depends on the position of your head and neck during the crash, the nature of the impact, and how your body handled the alien range of motion that it was likely thrown into.
According to the laws of energy, kinetic ‘shock’ or energy can never be destroyed. Therefore, whatever shock of the accident is not absorbed by the vehicle is absorbed by the human body. Often, your neck, head, and spine bear the brunt of this impact. But because our bodies cleverly go into fight-or-flight mode to deal with the trauma of the crash, we can become numb to the pain and believe ourselves to have suffered no internal injury – when in reality, our spinal discs have come out of place, our neck and spine have become misaligned, and we will experience this pain weeks or months later.
Leave Post Whiplash Complications Up to Us
The latest research shows that whiplash occurs a lot more often that you might think, and can be blamed for much of the minor back pain that is so common today. Did you know that changes in speed of only 2.5 miles per hour can result in whiplash effects? You better think twice about your treatment plan if you’ve been in a low-impact collision and find yourself with minor back aches or nerve pinches – small occurrences like these can lead to major, expanding pain down the road.
Although the medical community as a whole can let you down when it comes to addressing your post-accident pain complaints, we at Atlas Chiropractic of Asheville will not leave you in a state of chronic pain. We specialize in soft tissue injury recovery and spinal rehabilitation, disc and nerve pain, and muscle, joint, and spine conditions.
And if we’re not the absolute best caretakers for your situation, we are happy to refer to someone who is better suited to your needs. We have established referral relationships with highly recommended primary care physicians, pain management specialists, physical therapists and other licensed medical professionals in the Asheville area. No matter what your situation, we will assemble a team of caretakers and a treatment plan just for you.