If you were in a car accident, you may have sustained a severe injury or may be experiencing some aches and pains days later. You may also have some questions regarding which type of medical care may be best to help you recover.
What are the signs you may have a spinal injury?
The spine is a very sensitive component to the human body. The vertebrae can be thrown off and the discs can be damaged very easily from the impact of a crash. It only takes a small fender bender or rear-end collision to damage the spine.
Here are some examples of how this can occur:
Whiplash is the most common spinal injury drivers sustain in crashes. It is most commonly caused by rear-end collisions and occurs when the head whips forward and backward. This damages the soft tissue in the neck and results in:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Tingling and burning in the limbs
- Loss of neck mobility
- Fatigue and mood changes
- Dizziness and disorientation
Slipped or herniated discs
The impact of a crash can cause a disc in the spine to rupture. When the gel-like substance in a disc places pressure on the nerves in the spinal cord, it can lead to:
- Back pain
- Burning, tingling or numbness in the arms and legs
- Sciatica (burning and pain that radiates down the legs)
- Loss of mobility
- Loss of bladder or bowel functioning (in severe cases)
Why didn't I feel any pain immediately after my accident?
Spinal injuries don't always produce immediate pain or discomfort. After a crash, it's common for people to be pumped up with adrenaline. The shock, trauma and frustration can increase blood flow and heart rate, which can mask physical pain.
In many cases, people who sustain spinal injuries don't start experiencing pain or other symptoms until days later. That's why it's always important to seek immediate medical attention after a crash, even if you feel fine. Your doctor can perform an X-ray, identify your injury and provide prompt treatment before it gets worse.
Why see a chiropractor?
When you make an appointment with a chiropractor, you may first need to undergo an initial evaluation. A chiropractor can get a general sense of where you're feeling pain or if any part of your spine feels out of place.
A chiropractor can also provide adjustments to correct postural issues or pain linked to your injury and offer tips on how to enhance your recovery through stretching and exercise.
It's important to understand that chiropractic care can't treat every crash-related injury. According to the Mayo Clinic, chiropractic care is most commonly used to treat low back pain, headaches, neck pain and injuries to the spine.
How can I afford to see a chiropractor?
Like any other type of medical treatment, seeing a chiropractor isn't cheap. In some cases, it can cost hundreds of dollar per appointment. That's why it's important to reach out to an experienced Florida car accident attorney if you were involved in crash. You may be eligible for compensation for your medical expenses and other losses, such as lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
An attorney at the Law Offices of Scott M. Miller, PLLC can help you build a strong legal claim against the other driver's insurance company and advocate for the compensation you need. To learn more, contact us online and schedule your free legal consultation. We serve clients in Longwood and the greater Orlando area.