You're waiting at a traffic light. The strong harse sound of metal hitting metal comes quickly to your ears. Your car is suddenly being pushed forward!
You're being rear-ended!
In a split second, your body rocks backwards against the seat and forward.into the stirring wheel, hopefully stops by the seat belt (you're wearing your seat belt, aren't you?). Then your head follows snapped forwards and backwards. But you can't stop it.
Symptoms of road traffic accident such as whiplash injuries often show up long after your car has been repaired.
Even a minor car accident can produce a whiplash injury. It may take a day or two, or sometimes months for symptoms to appear.
Our practice team can help you determine the best course of action. Painkillers won't heal inflamed tendons and ligaments. Muscle relaxants won't heal torn muscles. A cervical collar won't restore a graceful forward spinal curve.
Specific chiropractic spinal treatments, because they can help restore proper motion and position of individual spinal bones, can better assure proper healing.
The longer you wait, the more unseen damage there is and the longer it takes to recover. Drugs may reduce the pain, but it simply delays more effective chiropractic care.
Call us today, for healthier tomorrow. At: 01702 616 500
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Why do I have pain in my arms and hands?
A: Because the nerves to the arms and hands exit the spine through the injured area of the neck, numbness and tingling are common. Even lower back pain can result directly from the trauma, or as a reaction to the loss of proper spinal movement.
Q: Why did my headaches start more than a week after my accident?
A: Whether you've been in an accident, stressed at work, or over-exerted yourself in the garden, your body is constantly adapting to the environment. When your capacity to adapt is exhausted, symptoms can appear. This can take days, weeks, months or years to occur.
Q: Will I ever be normal again?
A: Many chiropractic patients report improvement and an end to their symptoms. Those who delay seeking appropriate care often discover that scar tissue and spinal instability requires periodic chiropractic checkups.
Why do minor collisions cause so much trauma to the spine?
Without getting into the laws of physics, the simple explanation is that in a more forceful car accident, the car itself absorbs much of the energy. In the more common car park car accidents, the energy is more directly transferred to the driver and passengers.
Can I prevent a whiplash injury?Since car accidents are the major cause of whiplash injuries, defensive driving skills can help. Be sure your taillights and turn signals are properly working. Allow enough stopping distance in front of you. When you slow down or stop, always check your rear view mirror to see if the driver behind you is paying attention.