As you can imagine, it’s very common to have a sore body after getting into a car accident. Back and neck pain are most common after getting into even minor car accidents. While you may think it’s okay to brush off a few bruises and a slight twinge of pain, this could be a sign that your spine is not in proper alignment. If your spine is not in proper alignment this can result in lost mobility, chronic pain and a long list of even more issues. When you get into a car accident, you should visit the ER or an urgent care center right away.  

After visiting an urgent care center or ER they will most likely tell you to follow up with your PCP, primary care provider. While this is an important step in the healing process, seeing a chiropractor will make sure all the bases are covered. It’s common for your primary care provider to prescribe an anti-inflammatory, but the pain you are feeling in your back and your neck is most likely a sign of misalignment. Some symptoms of misalignment may consist of:  

  • Decreased range of motion 
  • Uneven shoulders 
  • A lump along your spine, which may be related to a subluxation 
  • Uneven ribcage 
  • Pain and swelling 
  • Tingling or numbness in one or both arms and legs 
  • A visible curve in your spine  
  • One hip is higher than the other

How Changes in Curve of Your Spine Can Impact Your Whole Body  

While your focus is dealing on your acute pain after a car accident, having your spine misaligned can cause a negative effect on your entire body if not addressed in a timely manner. Your central nervous system connects to all your vital organs and structure of your body, this means the area that is hurt may not be the only part of your body that was impacted by your car accident. Chiropractors are experts in knowing the spinal column, where is where your central nervous system lives. Chiropractic care is essential to your care plan to help you get back to your normal life and fully recover. If not addressed with patience and caution, you can deal with issues such as:  

  • Chronic pain 
  • A long-term loss of function and mobility 
  • Potential disability 
  • Scar tissue that can hinder blood flow  

After A Car Accident  

After a car accident you can turn to your insurance and lawyers if another individual was involved. It may be possible for the injured parties to file a personal injury claim against the driver who is at fault. If you were to have a successful claim this could result in compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, and other damages. If you are dealing with a more difficult situation, it may be worth your time to see if any traffic cameras may have caught the accident on camera. Even though traffic cameras are known for being faulty or sometimes are pointed in the wrong direction, you won’t know until you ask. Having this footage for your possible case can save you a lot of time, stress and money. Having proof of your accident in the hands of insurance agents can make it so every medical bill is covered, as stated above. Western New York Spine & Chiropractic is here to help you get back to loving your normal every day life. We have many years of experience in auto injuries and are committed to providing the best care for you. If you have any questions you can reach us at, (716) 322-1911.