Car Accident

Man leaning on his car after getting in an accident

Definition

Injuries that appear after being in a car accident

Root Causes

Back Pain, Blurred Vision, Bulging + Herniated Discs, Headaches + Migraines, Leg Pain, Muscle Spasms, Neck Pain, Numbness + Tingling, Seat Belt Injuries, Shoulder Pain, Spinal Cord Injuries, Whiplash

Risk Factors

Age, Alcohol Consumption, Distracted Driving, Fatigue, Night Driving

Treatments

Accident + Injury Care, Chiropractic, Diagnostic X-Ray, Massage Therapy, Physical Therapy

Appointment Inquiries

Car Accident Injury Summary

From 2014 to 2018, there was an average of over 6.4 million car crashes per year just on US highways. It is very common to sustain an injury during auto accidents to any part of the body. You might break a bone in a car accident, but even minor accidents can cause small injuries that may not be noticeable, such as small tissue tears.

Many auto injuries are not apparent right after an accident. Depending on the injury, it may take days, weeks, or months for symptoms to appear. Regardless of the severity of the accident, it is always best practice to get checked out by a medical professional, such as a doctor of chiropractic, within 72 hours of being in an accident.

Whether you’ve filed a claim with a car or health insurance company or spoken to a car accident lawyer or not, please reach out to us as soon as possible after an accident.

What are small tissue injuries?

Small tissue injury is the most common type of injury for a car accident victim. These injuries are characterized by micro-tearing in the connective tissue, such as in your muscles, ligaments, or tendons. These small injuries are often unnoticeable, especially right after an accident when your adrenaline is high.

Some of the symptoms of a small tissue injury are:

  • Adhesions (or knots)
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty bearing weight
  • Joint pain or instability
  • Limited range of motion
  • Muscle cramping
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling

These symptoms can be indicators of other issues, such as bursitis, sprains, straing, stress fractures, tendonitis, whiplash, and more (below).

Soft tissue injuries are often overlooked by doctors and are usually unable to be diagnosed with x-rays. However, if left untreated, they can lead to future complications like chronic pain, numbness, loss of mobility, loss of function, and limited muscle strength.

What type of injuries from car accidents does BackFit treat?

After soft tissue injury, our medical professionals often treat the following:

  • Back Spasms
  • Blurred Vision
  • Dizziness
  • Herniated Discs
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Mid Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Numbness or Tingling
  • “Pins and Needles”
  • Seat Belt Injuries
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Whiplash Trauma

How does BackFit treat auto accident injuries?

Our experienced medical professionals will help you recover from your auto accident through a personalized auto injury treatment plan. When you come in for your first visit, you will meet with a doctor of chiropractic who will provide a consultation, exam, and x-rays.

After analyzing your results, your doctor will put together a treatment plan that could consist of chiropractic care, physical therapy, and more.

For more information about your first appointment after a car accident, visit our accident + injury care page. Remember that it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after an accident even if you believe your injuries are minor or non-existent.

Our goal is to get you pain free quickly so you can get back to your full life!

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