How A Car Accident Impact Can Affect Your Spine

spine damage from accidentThere are few things more damaging to the human body than severe impact. And a car accident can pack one of the biggest punches in terms of impact force. When driving in a vehicle, you are an object in motion and a simple tenet of physics states that objects in motion tend to stay in motion. So when a collision occurs, all that forward momentum doesn’t just disappear – it causes your body to continue moving forward until it hits something strong enough to stop it. Car accidents are particularly damaging to the neck as the impact whips your head forward. As you can imagine, the results can sometimes be quite traumatic.

Common Car Accident Injuries

The force of impact can cause a wide variety of serious and non-serious injuries that include, but are not limited to:

  • Head injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries (like whiplash)
  • Nerve injuries
  • Superficial cuts and abrasions

Symptoms That Indicate A Serious Injury

While things like broken bones may be more obvious, much of the damage due to a car accident is done to soft tissue or the spine, especially in the neck. This means it may not be immediately obvious that a serious injury has occurred until several days after the incident. It is common to feel stiff and sore after an accident, but at what point should you consider that something more serious is going on? Keep an eye out for these symptoms after a car accident:

  • Tingling, pins and needles or numbness in the arms or legs
  • Sharp pain that radiates into your arms or legs
  • Severe pain that is beyond typical stiffness or soreness
  • Pain that does not improve over time or continues to worsen

How Dr. Keren Gomez Can Help

It can be scary and worrisome, to say the least, when you have continued or severe pain after a car accident. Our trained and licensed professionals are experienced at assessing injuries and developing a personalized treatment plan that gets you back on your feet as soon as possible. We’ve seen it all and can put that experience to work using scientifically proven treatment methods that help your body to heal. Through simple exercise regimens such as stretching and muscle strengthening to chiropractic treatments, we put all our tools and techniques to work so you can get better faster. Please give us a call today at 305-761-6528 (Dade), 954-510-5518 (Broward) or 561-414-2401 (Palm Beach) to book your assessment.