Auto Injury Treatment

Matthew Egbert, D.C. -  - Chiropractor

Restorative Spine & Joint

Car accident injuries are a common cause of neck pain, stiffness, and disability. With care from the team of experts at Restorative Spine & Joint in Santa Maria, California, you can get relief from the pain and reserve medication or surgery as a last option. With their comprehensive team of providers, they can offer a full spectrum of care, including chiropractic treatments, physiotherapy, and rehab, to help you recover and get back to your normal activities as quickly as possible. To get started, call or set up an appointment online today.

Auto Injury Treatment Q & A

What types of injuries occur in an auto accident?

The most common type of injury that occurs during a car accident is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the head is forcefully thrust backward and forward. This causes strain and damage to the small ligaments and muscles supporting the spine — especially in the neck — and the soft tissues in the neck, shoulders, and arms.

Other injuries that are common following car accidents include:

  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Arm and shoulder pain and tenderness
  • Back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Minor cuts and bruises
  • Numbness and tingling in the arms and hands
  • Radiating pain in the legs
  • Sciatic nerve pain

Depending on the severity of your accident — including the angle of impact and collision speed — you may sustain a wide range of injuries. The team at Restorative Spine & Joint has advanced training in auto accident injuries and treatment to provide you with an accurate diagnosis of your condition and effective treatment to help you recover.

What types of treatments are available for auto accident injuries?

The team at Restorative Spine & Joint offers comprehensive care for auto accident injuries to get you out of pain and back to your normal level of function. Common forms of treatment include chiropractic care, soft tissue therapy, electrical stimulation, and physiotherapy.

During treatment, the first goal is to reduce your pain. Once your pain is at a manageable level, the team incorporates active care treatments — including exercises and stretching — to improve your range of motion and rebuild strength in your injured muscles. Since whiplash injuries affect the ligaments in the neck, it’s important to continue with chiropractic care and physiotherapy until your ligaments sufficiently heal to support and stabilize your spine. Without care, the risk of chronic pain and instability increase.

Should I see a doctor after a minor car accident?

Yes, even low-speed collisions under 20 mph can cause whiplash and other injuries. Common signs that you should see a doctor after a car accident include:

  • Neck pain
  • Neck stiffness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Poor sleep due to pain
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble focusing
  • Numbness and tingling in the neck, shoulders, or arms
  • Pain when standing up from a seated position or getting out of bed

The team also performs concussion screenings and provides appropriate referrals to neurologists on moderate to severe cases. Your recovery is their top priority.

If you’ve been in a car accident and need care, schedule a visit at Restorative Spine & Joint online or by phone now.

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