Auto Accident and Spine Trauma
A car accident at 2.5 mph can result in significant injuries.
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Dr. Capoferri and his team understand the complexities of spine trauma and the injuries that can be caused by auto accident injuries. Getting and accurate diagnosis and early necessary care leads to a more complete and speedy recovery.
Immediately after an auto collision, it's common for people to wait to get treatment. Most people think, "I'll just wait to see how I feel next week." This approach can be a mistake.
A number of scientific studies show that when a patient gets early treatment soon after a crash, they have a better outcome than those patients who wait.
During a crash, the tissues of your neck can be stretched or torn. You may not feel pain right away, but as the tissues become swollen and inflamed, patients often wake up the next day sore and with a stiff neck.
Pain and stiffness are signs of trauma to the ligaments and muscles of your neck. The body’s response to injury is to restrict movement and to heal the injury by sending white blood cells to the area. Your body will then begin repairing the injured area by laying down scar tissue.
The problem with scar tissue is that each joint in your neck has a fairly limited range of motion. Scar tissue reduces that motion even more, and if you don’t receive proper treatment, that can result in permanent limited mobility, chronic pain, and even spinal degeneration of the joints.
Getting early treatment will break up this pattern by increasing movement in the injured area and by preventing the development of scar tissue.
If you’ve been in a crash, it’s important to see your chiropractor right away to be checked out and to start the process of recovery. Your chiropractor will work with you gently to increase the range of motion in your spine and help your body heal quickly.
If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please give our office a call.
Not all offices perform the procedures necessary to determine the extent of your injuries. Even if you have been to the hospital or other doctors, it is vital to make sure that all of your injuries after a car accident have been addressed. Dr. Capoferri will identify, document, and treat your injuries. He will also refer you to a specialist if necessary. Our team of clinically excellent specialists are some of the best in their field.
Trauma Team Doctor’s Team
- Radiologist / Neuroradiologist
- Pain Management / Anesthesiologist
- Orthopedic Surgeon
- Physical Medicine
Injures After a Car Accident Can Include:
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Blurry Vision
- Knee and Shoulder Pain
- Disc Injury
- Numbness & Tingling
- and possibly more...
Dr. Don Capoferri is a fellowship trained chiropractor, he and his helpful staff at Precision Pain Relief Center/Spine and Injury Center will guide you through your diagnosis and treatment and help you with any insurance questions or concerns. Start on the road to recovery today. Safe, effective & pain free treatment is available, we know what it takes to get you back on your feet after a car accident.
Weakened Ligaments & Neck Injury - Transcript
Research shows that auto injuries can actually weaken your neck. The bones of your neck are held together with bands of tissue called ligaments. The ligaments keep your spine stable and protect spinal nerves. During a car crash, your neck is exposed to a rapid, violent motions that may strain or tear the ligaments.
A 2006 study from Japan performed an anatomical study of the human neck under simulated whiplash motion. They found that the forces involved in even a mild collision can stretch the ligaments to a point that reduces their ability to stabilize the spine.
Weakened ligaments can result in permanent disability and chronic pain, as the spine can lose its stability and integrity.
If you've been injured in a crash, it's important to get treatment right away to prevent worsening conditions. Your chiropractor can determine the nature of your injury and develop a treatment plan that will get you on the road to recovery.
Call our office today to schedule a consultation.
No matter who was at fault in your car accident, get the care that you need before your injuries become a chronic problem.
Preventing Auto Injury with Head Restraints
While we're happy to support you should you have an incident, we'd much rather you prevent an auto injury before it happens. Headrests adjusted correctly are a good way to do this.
Whiplash injuries are an expensive and painful problem in the US. Experts estimate that we spend $29 billion per year in treating the pain and disability that can result from a rear-end collision. But, there are steps that you can take to protect yourself from whiplash injury.
The key to good whiplash protection is your head restraint.
Numerous studies have shown that most people have an improperly adjusted head restraint. Whiplash injury is caused by your torso moving in one direction while your head is moving in another direction. This can put hundreds of pounds of force on the delicate ligaments of your neck.
The key to good head restraint positioning is to eliminate or reduce the amount of space that your head can move. By doing that, it reduces the strain put on your neck. Your head restraint needs to placed so that the back of your head is level with the middle of the restraint. And, your seat needs to be positioned so that your head is very close. You want to have a maximum of 2.5 inches between your head and the restraint.
While car crashes are often out of your control, you can properly adjust your head restraint to reduce the chance of neck injury during a rear-end collision.
If you have already been injured in a crash, it's important to get treatment right away. Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to recover from an auto injury.
Call our office today for an appointment.