Do You Have A Curve In Your Spine After A Car Accident?
It is Common to have a Sore Body After A Car Accident
Neck and back pain are common after even minor car accidents. While you might be tempted to write pain off as minor bumps or bruises, it may be a sign that you have a misalignment in your spine. Without treatment your misalignment, or subluxation, can lead to chronic pain, lost mobility, and a whole range of problems. Here is what to do if you have pain or a visible curve in your spine after a car accident.
Don’t Ignore Your Pain
As always, visit the ER or an urgent care center immediately after your car accident. While they may prescribe follow-up care with your PCP an exam with a chiropractor will ensure all bases are covered. Your PCP may prescribe an anti-inflammatory, but that the pain you feel in your neck and back is likely a sign of a misalignment. Symptoms of a misalignment may include:
- Pain and swelling
- Decreased range of motion
- A lump along your spine, which may be related to a subluxation
- Uneven shoulders
- Uneven ribcage
- One hip is higher than the other
- Numbness or tingling in one or both arms and legs
- A visible curve in your spine
Changes in the Curve of Your Spine After an Accident Can Impact Your Whole Body
While your primary focus is dealing with the acute pain, a misaligned spine can negatively impact your whole-body health if not addressed appropriately. Your central nervous system connects to every vital organ and structure in your body—meaning the area that hurts may not be the only part of your body impacted by the car accident. Our Oakland Chiropractors are experts in understanding the spinal column, which houses your central nervous system. If not addressed consciously and patiently, it may lead to chronic pain, a long-term loss of mobility and function, scar tissue that can hinder blood flow, and potential disability. This is why a comprehensive chiropractic care plan to help you recover and get back to the life you love is essential.
Align Yourself with Auto Accident Chiropractors
If you have been in a car accident in the Oakland area, we invite you into our Oakland Chiropractic Center, The Shift, in Downtown Oakland. Even if your car accident hasn’t impacted you to the point where you think the curve in your spine has changed, we will complete a full examination of your spine and neck, discuss your healing expectations, and develop a treatment plan designed to speed up your recovery and heal you thoroughly to minimize the potential for developing future problems. Chronic pain is most commonly caused from accidents where you don't take the healing process serious enough so make sure to at least learn from a Chiropractor what they recommend you consider doing after being in an accident, big or small.