When it comes to injuries after a car accident, time is of the essence. Permanent damage can occur and scar tissue can develop as little as 48 hours after impact so the quicker you start rehabilitating after a car accident really makes a difference as to how quickly you recover. Sometimes after a car accident, you may not feel the effects right away but when they do come, they are often severely painful and prevent you from being able to work, sleep, exercise or do any hobbies you love to do. Getting treatment quickly can prevent time lost, remain active, maintain your lifestyle and keep you functioning at your best in the future.
Even cars even moving at a slow speed with little impact can have large effects on your body. Cars can weigh 4,000 lbs or more. Having this amount of weight crash into you can shift joints, pull muscles and stretch nerves leading to symptoms. Seat belts do prevent more serious injuries but the most common injuries from being involved in a motor vehicle accident are:
Whiplash Low back pain Shoulder pain Neck pain Headaches
Arm pain Insomnia Memory Loss Vertigo/dizziness Jaw issues Foot/Ankle pain Concussion Nausea
Wonder how Chiropractic can help? Here is a great video explaining how our Redwood City Chiropractic specialists can help you after you have been in a car accident:
We are experts at treating car accident injuries and can help you get back on the road to health again. We use advanced diagnostics to track the effects and stressors on your body during treatments and address your whole body making it easy for you to recover.
We accept all PPO insurance, car insurance (Med-pay), work on a lien with your attorney and if necessary, have affordable cash plans. The quicker you get care, the easier it will be in the long term.
If you have been in an accident, please contact our Redwood City Chiropractic office today. We can help you get you healthy and able to do the things you love!
In case you are wondering what to do after an accident, here are some tips!
1. Stay calm. Take some deep breaths for about ten seconds. Having an accident will get your sympathetic nervous system activated and put you in a state of “fight or flight”. Breathing can help you think more clearly after the accident.
2. Make sure you and others are not injured. Move slowly to make sure you don’t injure yourself. If you are calm, your body should let you know if it is okay. If your adrenaline is going, it may not be easy to see if you are injured so slowly focus on breathing again and take it easy. If there is someone injured, don’t move them unless they are in danger of being hurt again or if the car is at risk of fire.
3. Put your hazard lights on. If you have time, put up warning flares, cones or triangles to make sure people know you are there and prevent any further injuries. If there are no injuries, please get out of traffic if possible and move cars out of the way to a safe place.
4. Call the police and take notes about the accident and pictures if able. This allows you to have the incident written down fresh after the accident when your recollection is clear. Make sure to contact your insurance company regarding damage to the car and if there is an injury let them know. Some policies have Medical Pay on them and if you don’t have it on your policy, I would suggest getting it. It covers your care after an accident.
5. Exchange insurance information. If the name on the auto registration and/or insurance policy is different from the name of the driver, establish the relationship of the driver to the insurance policy and get as much information as possible for the accident report. You won’t see this person again so it is key to get the information at the scene.
Hope this helps!