common injuries after a car accident

Have you been in a car accident? Are you suffering from whiplash?

What is a whiplash injury? In a typical rear-end collision, a force is causing your neck to move beyond its natural range of motion, which is causing ligaments to be stretched or torn. Many times, the discs between your vertebrae can also be torn, as well as the muscles associated.

The low back is also affected during a rear-end collision, as it shifts forward, causing possible injury to the disc material in between the vertebrae.

Most people don’t realize that even after a minor accident, you may have sustained soft tissue injuries. Some common symptoms of whiplash are neck pain, low back pain, stiffness in the shoulders, headache, shoulder pain, arm pain, muscle weakness, sciatica, or nausea. Often times after a whiplash injury, pain does not come right after the accident. It can take 3-7 days before signs and symptoms start.

It is crucial to receive chiropractic evaluation and treatment immediately after a car accident. If these injuries go untreated, you can experience future pain and loss of range of motion, affecting your normal daily routine and health.

This article is here to help you understand how chiropractors help car accident patients in Sunrise. We hope it helps you to avoid the long-term problems we so often see.

Common Injuries After Car Accident in Sunrise FL

Unfortunately, many people believe that the most serious injuries sustained following car accidents are immediately noticeable. There is also a misconception that only high speed or hard impact collisions can cause serious damage to person's body. It has been found that these two beliefs are largely responsible for the vast number of injuries that fail to receive treatment following automobile collisions. Therefore, the first thing to remember when making the decision to seek appropriate care is to understand that a large number of injuries can occur following many different types of collisions.

Following a car accident, a person must keep in mind that many factors such as the placement of a cars headrest, size of both automobiles involved in the collision, and the speed that they were traveling prior at impact all play an important role in determining the injuries sustained. To help understand this concept, it has been shown through research that a car traveling only 5 mph at the time of impact is capable of producing the forces necessary to cause whiplash injuries. While injuries such as fractures, cuts, concussions, and dislocations are immediately noticeable, other forms of damage to musculature, blood vessels, and nerves may not become evident for months or even years. Unfortunately, when these injuries become evident months and years down the road, insurance companies are often not held liable for reimbursement. Therefore it is important that you undergo a complete evaluation immediately following your accident by a health care professional familiar with these injuries. Your doctor at Chirofit Sunrise is here to help you in this process.

How can my chiropractor help?

As mentioned previously, chiropractors are one of the few primary health care providers who specialize in treating the musculoskeletal system. Just as a person consults with a cardiologist for concerns about their heart, many people seek care and advice from chiropractors regarding musculoskeletal injuries. While whiplash injuries are not always immediately evident, they are actually considered one of the most common injuries sustained during car accidents. The strain that the forces causing whiplash injuries place on the spine are capable of causing damage to the muscles, ligaments, and nerves responsible for supporting your head and neck. If these seemingly minor injuries are not corrected, they often produce a waterfall affect leading to multiple neurological and musculoskeletal symptoms. In fact, it has been found that whiplash injuries are often responsible for early degeneration of the vertebrae throughout your spine, as well as a multitude of symptoms such as pain and headaches. Since automobile injuries can involve many systems throughout the body, finding a doctor who is able to address each area is important. Our team at Chirofit Sunrise in Sunrise will create an individualized treatment plan that encompasses chiropractic adjustments, active and passive physical therapy, exercise programs, and possibly nutritional modifications to help speed up the recovery process.

What to expect on your first visit:

  • A Chiropractic Physician with extensive knowledge of the biomechanics and treatment of whiplash injuries.
  • A thorough examination, including x-rays to visualize the spine, to assess injuries sustained.
  • Chiropractic modalities used to reduce inflammation and speed the healing process.
  • Traction techniques to aid in the healing of the injured disc

As you can see, seeking care immediately after an automobile accident in Sunrise can mean the difference between recovery and a lifetime of pain. If you have been in a car accident or know someone who has, please contact our team at Chirofit Sunrise as soon as possible to schedule a consultation.


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8:00am - 12:00pm
3:00pm - 6:00pm

8:00am - 12:00pm
3:00pm - 6:00pm


8:00am - 12:00pm

Chirofit Sunrise

9180 West Commercial Boulevard
Sunrise, FL 33351

(954) 765-6148