Did you know that 3 million Americans are injured in automobile accidents every year? If you’re experiencing a stiff neck or sore back following a crash, don’t hesitate to seek professional medical help. At Covenant Chiropractic Clinic P.C., in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Rebekah Nunn, DC, regularly works with men and women suffering from whiplash and other accident-related problems. Make an appointment today by calling or clicking the online booking tool.
Unfortunately, auto injuries are incredibly common. In fact, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that every 10 seconds, a motor vehicle causes some type of injury.
Thankfully, the majority of car accidents aren’t fatal. However, even minor accidents like fender benders can cause long-lasting physical effects, such as neck pain, migraines, and back pain. Left untreated, acute injuries can become chronic, negatively affecting your mobility and general quality of life.
The symptoms of auto injuries vary and depend on the nature and severity of the accident itself. Dr. Nunn regularly works with patients who are experiencing:
Dizziness, vertigo, and nausea are also commonly associated with auto injuries. However, they don’t always appear right away. For example, it’s perfectly normal to experience an increase in symptoms a day or two after being rear-ended.
Whiplash is one of the most common auto injuries and occurs as a result of your head snapping back and forth at a rapid rate of speed. Whiplash usually happens after you’ve been rear-ended, but it also affects athletes who play contact sports like football and rugby.
Whiplash typically takes 24 hours to develop. Common symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, stiffness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability or fatigue.
The type of chiropractic treatment that best addresses your injuries depends on your accident and the source of your discomfort.
At your initial consultation, Dr. Nunn performs a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you about the symptoms you’re experiencing. If necessary, she may also ask you to sit down, stand up, and walk around the exam room to get a better view of your gait, posture, and overall musculoskeletal structure.
Dr. Nunn may also order X-rays or an MRI to get a closer look at your muscles, ligaments, and vertebra. After taking all of this information into account, Dr. Nunn develops a custom treatment plan to align with your needs.
If you’re experiencing acute neck or back pain, a series of chiropractic adjustments may be enough to provide relief. Dr. Nunn may also recommend combining chiropractic adjustments with an alternative therapy like traditional or no-needle acupuncture.
For more serious injuries, intensive treatment may be necessary. For example, if you’re experiencing chronic pain, Dr. Nunn may recommend treatment with the Erchonia cold laser. If that doesn’t provide relief, she may suggest combining physical therapy with chiropractic adjustments and light exercise.
No matter the cause of your discomfort, Dr. Nunn always seeks the best results using conservative, non-invasive forms of treatment.
The sooner you seek medical attention the better. Even if you feel fine at first, a chiropractic adjustment can prevent bruising or inflammation from getting worse.
Don’t let an auto injury prevent you from living your best life. To make an appointment at Covenant Chiropractic Clinic P.C. call or use the online booking tool today.