There are more than 273 million cars registered in the United States alone. While COVID-19 is keeping us home more than ever, we still get behind the wheel for work, errands, and scenicsocially distanceddrives around the block to combat boredom.
Unfortunately, the National Safety Council reports that "About 4.4 million people were injured seriously enough to require medical attention in crashes last year." There are many types of injuries sustained in car accidents, ranging from minor to severe. For most, chiropractic care is a great way to regain mobility, heal properly, and get back on your feet again soon.
The severity of auto accident injuries depends on things like seatbelts, airbags, and angle of impact. But the majority, say attorneys at NOLO, are soft tissue injuries. "A soft tissue injury is damage to the body"s connective tissue, which means muscles, ligaments and tendons."
Injuries after a car accident can take days, weeks, or even months to make themselves known. Visit a chiropractor like Dr. Henderson at Family and Sports Chiropractic in Vancouver WA as soon as possible after a car accident to help you down that road to recovery.
"A "whiplash" type injury to the neck and upper back is a form of soft tissue injury," they explain. "In that type of injury, the muscles and ligaments are stretched due to sudden movements imposed on the head and neck in the collision. These same mechanisms and forces can cause soft tissue injuries in other areas of the body such as the back. Car accidents often cause mid-back and low-back muscle sprains, and sometimes cause more serious back injuries because of the impact force against the spine."
There are three main types of car accidents, all with their own unique soft tissue injury and chiropractic implications.
In a side-impact crash, whiplash and concussions are the most common. Neck injuries are frequent in T-bone crashes as well as broken bones throughout the body. T-bones can also flip or roll the car. In a rear-end accident, spinal injuries to the back and neck can occur from the force of impact.
Dr. Chani Henderson is experienced in treating all manner of auto accident-related injuries, soft tissue and back injuries, and the resulting stiff muscles. Her work is drug-free and helps address sprains and strains, bruising, and misalignment.
But more than that, the Family & Sports Chiropractic office in Vancouver WA can help with vital insurance-lingo specifics like personal injury protection (PIP). Whatever the accident, there are often forms, guidelines, rules, and red tape along the road to recovery. Your insurance company, the other driver"s company, local police, and doctors may all be players in this complicated process.
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