Welcome back to the Arne Wellness Center blog. In our last blog series, we looked at the benefits of getting chiropractic care after being involved in an auto accident. While many injuries show up immediately after an accident, others take time to manifest and, if left undiagnosed and untreated, may worsen with time and lead to chronic pain conditions. In today’s post, we will explore some of the hidden injuries people often suffer during an auto accident that show up in the days, weeks, and months after the collision. Please continue reading below.

Whiplash

A few posts back, we examined whiplash in great detail, and you can read the blogs in their entirety by clicking here. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries experienced in car accidents of all speeds, all levels of severity, and from any angle. Whiplash affects the neck, shoulders, and upper back, and is caused when the head is jarred forward and backward in a sharp, whip-like motion during impact. Oftentimes, the symptoms of whiplash show up within 24-hours of a car accident, but just as often, whiplash symptoms may not show up for weeks or even months after an accident. Whenever you’re involved in an auto accident here in Littleton, it is best to visit your car accident chiropractor at Arne Wellness. Our chiropractor can talk with your about the accident and examine your symptoms to determine a treatment plan to care for them.    

Brain Injuries

People commonly hit their heads in car accidents, especially when they aren’t wearing a seatbelt, which may cause a concussion, or an open head injury. But some brain injuries may occur without physically striking your head on something. Take for instance whiplash, which may not just affect the neck, shoulders, and upper back. When the head is whipped forward and backward, or side to side, this may cause the brain to rattle, so to speak, causing your brain to impact the skull as a result of rapid force. This may cause an equilibrium imbalance that may alter your brain’s ability to function properly. There are certain whiplash symptoms that may suggest the brain has been injured, including:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness (especially severe and prolonged dizziness)
  • Vision disturbances
  • Slurred speech
  • Sharp changes in mood
  • Brain fog
  • Trouble focusing and keeping engaged
  • Memory loss
  • Depression

Brain injuries caused by car accidents may affect a person’s physical, cognitive, and emotional health and well-being. It is crucial for those involved in a car accident to seek immediate treatment for whiplash and other injuries that may impact the brain to avoid having these and other symptoms manifest later on.    

Herniated Discs

While neck and back injuries or muscle strain are the most common injuries sustained in car accidents, there are serious injuries that may surface. Oftentimes, the force of an accident can jar the spine in such a way that the soft tissues in the spine known as intervertebral discs rupture. The ruptured disc then presses against nearby nerves causing severe pain. Disc herniations typically occur in the lumbar spine (lower back) but may also occur in the cervical spine (neck). While this is an immediate injury, the symptoms might present right away, but in many cases, they develop and worsen over time. The symptoms often include:

  • Severe to excruciating pain
  • Loss of feeling and muted skin sensation
  • Numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the legs or arms
  • Limited mobility and function

Call Your Car Accident Chiropractor in Littleton

These injuries are some of the most common hidden injuries to watch out for if you’re involved in an auto collision. The best way to identify these and other injuries is to schedule for chiropractic care, so that your chiropractor can not only identify, but also treat these injuries and help you recover. If you’ve been in a car accident here in Littleton, call Arne Wellness Center and schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you heal.