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Why You Need Your Chiropractor After A Car Accident

An auto accident is frequently traumatic emotionally, physically, and economically. At Jacksonville Chiropractic and Acupuncture, Dr. Jeremiah Carlson is experienced in evaluating and caring for auto accident patients.

Even if it seems the incident was minor, car accidents frequently cause physical injuries that may not show up for hours or even days after the accident. You may have broken bones, fractures, tendon or ligament damage, whiplash, foot injuries, or even head injuries. A chiropractic doctor can examine you for signs of injury.

If you are in pain after an auto accident, chiropractic treatments can reduce the pain. Chiropractors like Dr. Carlson are trained to notice signs and symptoms that you may have sustained injuries you are not aware of. Non-surgical, non-invasive options of chiropractic care restore range of motion and promote healing.

Common Auto Accident Injuries

Car accident injuries encompass almost every part of the body, including internal damage. Broken bones and lacerations are obvious. If you have abdominal pain, you may have internal injuries and need prompt medical attention.

Other injuries may appear immediately, or become apparent after the shock of the accident wears off. You may not experience pain right away, but it can appear in the upcoming days or weeks. 


Some of these injuries that may manifest themselves later include:  

  • Head injuries

  • Whiplash

  • Nerve Damage

  • Damage to Muscle, Tendons, and Ligaments 

Auto Accident Whiplash

In a car accident, the muscles and ligaments of the neck can be injured if the head forcefully thrusts backward and forward. This type of trauma is called whiplash. It might take a day or even more for you to realize you have a serious problem, but if you have whiplash you may have some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Neck Pain, often intense

  • Stiffness in Neck/Difficulty turning head

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness

  • Vision difficulties

  • Back Pain

  • Feeling tired

At Jacksonville Chiropractic and Acupuncture, auto accident patients will be evaluated for the possibility of whiplash as well as other injuries. Chiropractic care enables you to heal faster, achieve normal range of motion, and find relief from pain.

Car Accident Injuries Are Not Always Clear Immediately

After the shock and trauma of an automobile accident, it is normal to immediately assess the damage. You check for injuries to make sure you’re okay. If anyone else is in your vehicle, you do the same for them.

The tricky thing about car accidents is that injuries do not always manifest instantly. You may have injuries and pain yet not fully realize the damage because you are in a state of shock from the accident.

Most auto accidents involve a jolt or force to your body. Even when you don’t think you have a major injury, or even if you think you can “brush it off” and keep going, it is wise to have a medical professional like a chiropractic doctor examine you for injuries. Contact Jacksonville Chiropractic and Acupuncture to schedule an appointment if you’ve been in a car accident. 

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