The Things You Want to Know after a Motor Vehicle Crash
When you’re in a car accident, regardless of the degree of impact or where you were sitting, there’s a good chance you’ll experience some type of neck pain in the days or weeks following the crash. You want to take the right steps to protect your health, but you may need a few questions answered first:
- What is causing your neck to hurt after a car wreck? – Though neck pain can stem from a variety of conditions, the most common cause is whiplash, where the force of impact makes your head snap forward and then back, often violently. Whiplash can strain muscles, tendons and ligaments and cause significant tissue damage. It can happen in any type of collision—head-on, rear-end or t-bone. It can even happen without impact, if you or the driver of your vehicle slams on the brakes.
- When should you seek medical treatment for neck pain arising after a car accident? – As a general rule, any time you’ve had a bump or blow to the head, or have had your head jostled back and forth (or side to side), you should get medical treatment. Often, the adrenalin and emotion of a car accident will mask your discomfort. Furthermore, it may take hours or days for inflammation to set in and pain to become noticeable.
- What is the best type of treatment of neck pain caused in a car accident? – A chiropractor has the tools and skills to help you fully and quickly recover from neck discomfort after a car crash. Most other doctors will typically prescribe rest and pain medication, but a chiropractor can get to the source of your pain, realigning your spine to address any impingements, reduce inflammation and improve mobility.
Accident Centers of Texas—Working Hard to Help You Return to Maximum Wellness
At Accident Centers of Texas, we have the experience, knowledge, skill and resources to help you return to full health after an injury or illness. We see patients at eight convenient locations in Texas, from Dallas and Fort Worth to Pleasant Grove, Oak Cliff, Arlington, Irving, Garland and Frisco. In most instances, appointments can be scheduled for the same day you call. We offer treatment by a nurse practitioner and/or a chiropractor, depending on the nature and severity of your injury.
Appointments are available Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. If you cannot drive or don’t have transportation, we will arrange to pick you up and get you back home. To set up a visit, call us at 214-974-4041 or contact our offices.