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Nashua Chiropractor Answers Your Most Frequently Asked Questions For Auto Accident Injuries

If you've recently been in a car accident, it's very important to get the right medical treatment. Even minor car accidents can result in musculoskeletal injuries like whiplash. We're posting this FAQ for anyone who has recently been in a car accident and who has concerns about their medical well being.

What causes whiplash?

Whiplash occurs when a sudden sharp movement, like the kind that occurs when two cars collide, jars the spine and causes a misalignment. Misalignment of the spine can damage nerves, leading to a variety of painful problems.

How will I know if I have whiplash?

The symptoms of whiplash are varied. Some or all of the following symptoms may manifest themselves after an accident:

  • Headaches
  • Tenderness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Shoulder pain
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision

If you are involved in a car accident, it's important to be on the look out for these symptoms for days and weeks following a car accident, even if the accident is a minor one.

How long does it take for whiplash to present symptoms?

Whiplash symptoms can appear within days of the car accident, or may take many weeks.

If I'm in a car accident, should I see a chiropractor even if I don't display symptoms?

Because whiplash can take a long time to surface, car accident victims should see a chiropractor even if they don't feel injured. The chiropractor will be able to tell them if an injury has occurred, and will be able to begin treatment right away.

What will a chiropractor do to treat my whiplash?

The chiropractor will get rid of the whiplash by restoring alignment to the spine. In addition, the chiropractor may also show the patient how to do exercises at home that will speed the healing process. Sometimes chiropractors recommend therapies like massage therapy help reduce swelling and help injured areas to heal.

Should I visit a chiropractor even if I was taken to an emergency room after my car accident?

Yes. Chiropractic care is far different from the care received in an emergency room. In the emergency room, car accident victims are tested for urgent and immediate health problems with symptoms that display while in the emergency room. Since whiplash can take days or weeks to manifest itself, many emergency rooms won't even discover that whiplash is a problem.

A chiropractor, on the other hand, will test for problems like whiplash. In addition, even if the patient was showing signs of whiplash at the emergency room, doctors in hospitals tend to treat painful symptoms with pain medication. This may dull the pain temporarily, but will not actually solve the problem. On the other hand, a chiropractor will correct the problem so that symptoms will no longer return.

For more information about getting treatment after a car accident, speak with one of the knowledgeable experts at Main Street Wellness and Chiropractic. Contact us today at (603) 882-5742 to make an appointment.

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