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What Happens To Your Spine During a Car Accident?

After an auto accident, people most often complain of neck and back pain, and the most common treatment is usually just pain medication. Instead of covering up the pain, visit a Clearwater chiropractor to see how they can naturally lessen your pain, without relying on medication. Not only do auto accident injuries have the potential to heavily change your life, but if you do not seek treatment immediately, there is the added possibility of developing long-term, chronic pain as well.

Clearwater Chiropractor Advice for Car Accidents

Car accidents happen in the blink of an eye, and yet the residual damages can last for years. Visiting a Clearwater chiropractor afterwards can drastically increase your chance at living pain-free. Car accidents are the number one cause of all spinal injuries; during a collision, your back and neck are forced into very unnatural positions, which can cause inflammation or fractures.

When your car is hit from behind, the driver’s seat pushes your lower back forward, while your unsupported head, neck, and upper spine are thrown back as they try to keep up. When they finally catch up, your body has stopped moving, but your head and neck are still moving forward. This puts your neck at a severe angle, which is what later will cause symptoms known as whiplash.

During an auto accident, your chiropractor will explain that a domino effect occurs, where the spinal discs take the majority of the impact, forcing blood cells to rupture, which causes swelling that can harm nerve endings. As an additional result, discs can become displaced and there can be some internal swelling. These displaced disc material, ligaments, or bone fragments can tear into spinal cord tissue.

Muscle strain in the neck and spine can cause severe pain. However, with the help of our Clearwater chiropractor, Dr. Marc Rogers at Coastal Chiropractic, your pain can be lessened. He has years of experience treating whiplash, neck pain, back pain, and a myriad of other auto accident injuries, and he can help you too! To get started on your road to recovery, call us today at 727-581-2774.