Motor vehicle accidents and your health

Motor vehicle accidents can cause physical and psychological pain that can persist or worsen if untreated. Sometimes the pain from a motor vehicle accident is not as evident as you would think, and can show up a few days or more after the accident. The trauma from a car accident can release the hormones in the body called endorphins, which are natural painkillers; this is why some injuries may not be noticeable right away. The pain from an accident can persist and create long-lasting discomfort if not treated properly.

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that can result from a motor vehicle accident. Whiplash is a strain in the neck area that can limit the movement of the neck and head. It occurs when the head and neck are jolted quickly and can occur from other activities as well. Symptoms of whiplash include: headaches, dizziness, neck/ upper back pain, and limited mobility in the neck. It can even occur in a low impact car accident and symptoms can take a few days to become evident. It is important to seek medical attention to ensure that a more severe injury is not present.

The spine and shoulders are generally the areas that are most affected by a motor vehicle accident. The spinal cord is made up of three areas: the cervical spine which extends from the base of the skull to the shoulders. The thoracic spine is in the middle of the back that attaches the ribs to the chest region. The lumbosacral spine extends from the waistline down the lower back. All these areas are at risk in a motor vehicle accident; each area is responsible for different functions. The shoulders are commonly injured in a motor vehicle accident because they are more mobile than other joints. For example, some common injuries may include; immediate severe pains down the arm and the inability to move the shoulder/arm due to a dislocation of the shoulder. General pain with limited mobility may be due to tendonitis (tendons become inflamed due to trauma). Poor posture and sharp pain may be due to impingement syndrome (soft tissue becomes trapped causing loss of gliding action). Oftentimes the impact of the seatbelt can cause damage to soft tissue. There are many different injuries or discomforts that a car accident can cause, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible to avoid worsening or prolonging your symptoms.

Studies show that early intervention yielded better results within one week after the accident. Studies in this area of research in medical literature have suggested that periodic manipulation helps with minimizing persistent pain caused by injuries from motor vehicle accidents.

Here at the North York Madison Sports Injury Clinic we specialize in motor vehicle accident injuries. With a wide range of therapies and techniques our goal is to ensure your healing process is as quick and easy as possible. Dr. Michael Rodney, our chiropractor will start off with an initial assessment to determine the best treatment plan for you individually. We offer a range of therapies that will best suit your needs, such as massage therapy, physiotherapy, acupuncture, and active rehab. We have a friendly and hard working team that will target your injuries to get you back on your feet. If you have been in an accident and are experiencing any immobility, pain, or discomfort make an appointment today.