Nationwide, car accidents are one of the leading causes of bodily injury, affecting more than three million people annually. If you’ve ever spent time driving in the Peach State, it will come as no surprise that more than 110,000 people experience injuries due to auto accidents on Georgia’s roadways each year.
Sometimes, even the best drivers find themselves dealing with the aftermath of a car accident, whether it’s a fender bender or a more serious collision. Even a minor collision can have detrimental effects on your health. Whatever your symptoms, the team of Atlanta Orthopedic Doctors at AICA Ortho and Spine is ready to help you recover after a car accident.
Factors such as the car’s traveling speed at the time of the accident and the angle at which the impact occurs can influence the kinds of injuries you sustain. The extent of car accident injuries can also be affected by airbag deployment, the direction the passengers are facing at the moment of impact, and whether or not they are wearing seatbelts.
Generally, the nature and severity of a car accident determines the type of injuries that are sustained. While different kinds of impacts can result in a wide range of injuries, the pain and stiffness associated with whiplash is a common complaint among car accident victims. Many people also frequently experience back pain after a car accident.
Even if you’re not experiencing any discomfort right away, getting evaluated by an Orthopedic Doctor soon after an accident occurs can help to rule out subtle forms of trauma that could cause more serious problems if not treated promptly. An impact of just 5mph is enough to misalign the spine, setting the stage for later health issues if left uncorrected.
The neck is often the first place people experience pain after an auto accident. While the seatbelt holds the body in place, the sudden back-and-forth movement from the impact causes hyperextension of the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the neck. Known as whiplash, this motion stretches the soft, connective tissues beyond their natural limits and frequently results in neck pain and stiffness in the days and weeks following a collision.
In addition to whiplash, many car accident victims also suffer from back pain and limited mobility. While muscle-strain is a common source of accident-related back pain, high-impact collisions can produce significant discomfort in the lower and middle back due to herniated disks, fractured vertebrae, sprained back muscles, or spinal misalignment. If the spinal cord is injured, nerve damage can occur, resulting in numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, or reduced muscle control.
Unlike neck pain, which often develops right after an auto accident, back injuries are not always immediately painful and can easily be overlooked. Whether or not back injuries are accompanied by discomfort, treating the trauma sooner rather than later will help prevent more serious, painful, and long-lasting conditions from emerging down the road.
At AICA Ortho and Spine, our caring team of chiropractors, orthopedists, and physical therapists specialize in diagnosing and treating auto accident injuries. By coordinating their efforts under one roof, our doctors are able to provide you with an integrated treatment plan that addresses the trauma to your spine, skeletal system, and soft tissues. Our comprehensive approach facilitates your healing by treating every aspect of your injury.
We use the latest imaging technology in-house and on an as-needed basis to identify the full extent of your injuries. You’re always just a few easy steps away from an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan.
And with locations all around metro Atlanta, you never have to travel far to receive the best care. Find out how AICA Ortho and Spine can help you recover from your auto accident injuries. Give us a call at 404-855-2141 today!