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Auto Accident Injuries and Whiplash
If you've recently been involved in a Vancouver auto accident injury, you may be experiencing a variety of symptoms, including the neck pain and other agonies associated with whiplash. On the other hand, you may not be suffering any symptoms at all -- which can also be a bad thing if you're actually injured and need of care without being aware of it. A car accident injury calls for the skill, expertise and compassionate care of a top-class Vancouver chiropractor -- and here at Manual Medicine and Rehab Center, PC, Dr. Li Chen and Dr. Nikolay Chernukhin can make sure you receive that care.
Whiplash is one of the most common, and most obvious, repercussions of a Vancouver auto accident injury. When your car slams to a stop and/or hits another object, your head may "whip" back and forth sharply enough to cause hyperextension or hyper-flexion in the cervical spine. This action may do far more than simply strain the muscles and tendons to cause severe neck pain and stiffness, as debilitating as those symptoms are. The shock may also throw vertebrae out of alignment and herniate the delicate discs that sit between them. These changes can then pinch cervical nerve roots or even part of the cervical cord. The results can include vision problems, mood swings, headaches, dizziness, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), jaw pain, shoulder pain and pain, tingling/numbness in your hands or arms, a problem known as cervical radiculopathy.
Your Vancouver auto accident injury may occur lower down than the neck. Another common problem in these situations is a car seat belt injury. In a car seat belt injury, the part of your trunk that is restrained remains in place while the other part goes flying forward. This can cause chest, shoulder, abdominal and upper back pain. Even lower down, the lumbar spine may also be thrown out of alignment in a car accident. If a herniated disc in that area pushes against your sciatic nerve, you may suffer not only from back pain but also from pain, loss of sensation, tingling or motor control problems in one or both legs, buttocks and feet.
Our chiropractor in Vancouver can treat and resolve the underlying causes of your car accident injury symptoms, not just the symptoms themselves, bringing you lasting, drug-free relief. A spinal evaluation is critically important even if you have no symptoms at all, because those issues might not appear until additional damage has been done.
Once we identify the problem, we can administer chiropractic adjustment to correct spinal alignment problems and relieve nerve pressure. This can eliminate many whiplash, sciatica or car seat belt injury symptoms. Your Vancouver chiropractor may also prescribe massage and physical therapy to help damaged tissues heal normally and regain full flexibility. Call 360-737-9665 to get help for your Vancouver auto accident injury!