Almost every American at some point in their life will experience at least one automobile accident. Getting into a car accident is no joke. Even a minor fender bender can result in an interruption in your daily activities or even worse, can cause permanent damage to the body.
Many times, victims of car accidents are able to walk away with no injury whatsoever, and many times people will experience absolutely no pain or symptoms of an injury at the time of the accident. The reality is that there are some injuries a person can sustain that are well hidden and even missed during an emergency room visit. These injuries may take weeks, months, or even years before symptoms become noticeable. There is a big misconception that the extent of damage to the car correlates with the extent of the injury incurred by the victim. Cars absorb a great deal of impact through the bumper; however, the energy from the impact is then transmitted to the body of the driver and passenger, especially in the head and neck area.
Whiplash is the most common injury sustained in an auto accident. This disorder may include injury to the intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, neck muscles, and nerves. Some of the more prominent symptoms of a whiplash injury include dizziness, irritability, back pain, pain or stiffness in the neck and shoulders, numbness in the arms and fingers, and recurring headaches. What many people are unaware of is that if a neck or back injury remains untreated, arthritis is likely to develop, adding even more pain, weakness and degeneration.
At Healthy Connection Physical Medicine we specialize in helping individuals who were involved in a motor vehicle accident and who are suffering with pain and discomfort caused by whiplash. If you or someone you know were involved in a motor vehicle accident and has suffered a whiplash injury, don’t hesitate, call today and receive a FREE evaluation and screening 815-834-9075.