The roads are slippery this time of year and car accidents are bound to happen. Hopefully you will not have to experience on but what if you do.
If you were in a fender bender, you were probably concerned with the damage to your car. But Dr. Guerriere warns that it is important to get a chiropractic evaluation to see if spinal injuries have ensued. Symptoms might not appear until weeks or months after the accident. A common result of car accidents is whiplash which is an umbrella term for injuries caused by the sudden flexion followed by the sudden extension of the neck. This chain of events can cause a complex set of distortions throughout the spine. Whiplash often forces spinal bones of the neck out of alignment, which is called vertebral subluxations and these interfere with the nerves that radiate from the spinal cord.
The sooner you get checked by a chiropractor, the better. A precise and gentle chiropractic adjustment can relieve spinal stress and correct vertebral subluxations. It is important to identify all injuries before settling with insurance companies to avoid paying out-of-the-pocket for debilitating symptoms that may emerge later.
Minor accidents can cause major Injuries. Like said before a minor accident can affect the spinal and cause more than what is initially felt. It can also cause a range of symptoms not just isolated to your neck.
What else to do. Getting a doctor's opinion is also highly recommended to help with any additional complications. Knowing your rights and the type of care your insurance company covers before hand is always proactive. Also, adjust you head restraints high enough to align with the back of the head.