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An auto accident may be over in a flash, yet it can leave you with a variety of serious long-term injuries. Many of these injuries, such as whiplash or a car seat belt injury is the direct result of forces that cause the musculoskeletal system to twist and bend beyond its natural capacity. Whether you're suffering from acute neck pain, back pain and other symptoms or you just want to make sure you're okay, you can benefit from the skill and experience of our Aiea chiropractor, Dr. Kurihara, at Chiropractic Family Health Center.
Even a slow-moving car can transfer a great deal of force onto the human body in a collision or other kind of sudden stop. One of the most common results is the head flies backward, then rebounds forward toward the dashboard before snapping backward again. This whip-like action is the basis for the term "whiplash." It can cause severe damage to the muscles and connective tissues of the neck, while also forcing the cervical spine and spinal discs out of alignment. This form of auto accident injury causes more than just neck pain stiffness -- herniated discs and other pressures on nerve tissue in the cervical spine can leave you with jaw pain, facial pain, headaches, vision problems, ringing in the ears, nausea, depression and mental focus problems.
The shoulders, chest and thoracic spine may also suffer damage due to a car seat belt injury. While your seat belt holds your lower boy in place, your shoulder harness only restrains the upper body one one side -- allowing the other side to twist violently in an accident. This can cause misalignments in the ribs and spinal column as well as soft tissue damage. Even your lower lumbar spine may be jolted out of alignment; this can cause herniated discs to pinch sciatic nerve roots, producing the shooting leg pains, numbness and tingling sensations of sciatica.
The first thing you must do after an auto accident in Aiea, Mililani, Waianae or elsewhere is get a spinal screening, even if you don't feel hurt. Symptoms can sometimes lurk for a long time before announcing themselves and you need to get any underlying injury treated ASAP. Our Waipahu chiropractor will evaluate your spine, discuss any symptoms you do have, and then administer natural, non-invasive treatments to help you heal. These may include:
Don't let a car wreck your health. Call (808) 486-6696 for an appointment at Chiropractic Family Health Center!
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