Fort Worth Chiropractic – Auto Accidents

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With nearly 17,000 reported car accidents in 2018, Fort Worth is one of the top five cities in Texas that consistently record the highest number of vehicle crashes and related injuries annually. Many of these accidents happen at one of several dangerous intersections in Fort Worth, such as 28th Street & I-35 (69 accidents in 2018), Western Center Boulevard & I-35 (63 accidents in 2018) and Basswood Boulevard & I-35 (60 accidents in 2018). Other high-accident, Fort Worth areas are Everman Parkway & I-35, Garden Acres Drive & I-35 and Crowley Road & Sycamore School Road.

At Premier Injury Clinics of Fort Worth, our chiropractors and specialty healthcare professionals treat victims of Fort Worth car accidents every day. Most of our patients suffer from whiplash, back pain, neck pain and various musculoskeletal injuries. We have licensed chiropractors, medical doctors, on-site pain specialists and exercise rehabilitation therapy to help you recover as quickly and fully as possible from your accident injuries.

When necessary, Premier Injury Clinics provides referrals to leading anesthesiologists, orthopedic surgeons and personal injury attorneys in Fort Worth. Our free transportation service is available to patients who need assistance getting to appointments. Additionally, our Spanish-speaking staff members are always more than happy to alleviate communication problems between patients and their doctors

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Why Do Auto Accidents Cause Back and Spine Injuries?

Providing essential support for the human body, your back and neck are comprised of a dense network of sensitive nerves, hundreds of small bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles. When you are hit by a car, the back and neck almost always suffer hyperflexion and hyperextension of soft tissues and nerves. This forceful forward and backward "whipping" motion often results in a diagnosis of whiplash. The medical term for whiplash is cervical acceleration–deceleration syndrome

Herniated discs occur when the impact of one car hitting another damages the spongy pads separating each spinal vertebrae. Pain, weakness in the back and numbness results from the inability of a vertebral disc to protect nerve endings that extend into the spinal column. Additionally, lower back disc injuries commonly cause sciatica, a pinched nerve disorder associated with shooting back pains and restricted mobility.

What Does Whiplash Feel Like?

Some accident victims feel symptoms of whiplash within hours of being injured while others may feel fine initially, only to find themselves debilitated by the severe pain and stiffness of whiplash days or weeks later.

Whiplash symptoms include:

  • Worsening neck pain and stiffness
  • Upper back pain that may radiate into the shoulders and lower back
  • Inability to move the head without feeling extreme pain
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Frequent headaches
  • Blurry or distorted vision
  • Numbness and tingling in the arms, hands and fingers
  • Problems focusing on tasks

Severe pain associated with whiplash can make it difficult to concentrate, remember things and could interfere with your sense of balance. Sleep disruption due to whiplash pain causes daytime fatigue that naturally makes anyone feel irritable and moody. When whiplash symptoms are masked by pain medications instead of being treated comprehensively with chiropractic care, depression and anxiety can affect your quality life due to difficulty managing pain and dealing with loss of mobility.

We recommend being examined by one of our chiropractors as soon as possible if you have been in a Fort Worth automobile accident General medical practitioners do not specialize in understanding and evaluating the biomechanics of the back, neck and spine. However, chiropractors have in-depth knowledge of musculoskeletal and central nervous system functioning. Chiropractic treatments treat the root cause of back, spine or neck pain resulting from car accident injuries so pain relief is rapid and permanent.

Herniated Disc

Herniated discs occur when the impact of one car hitting another damages the spongy pads separating each spinal vertebrae. Pain, weakness in the back and numbness results from the inability of a vertebral disc to protect nerve endings that extend into the spinal column. Additionally, lower back disc injuries commonly cause sciatica, a pinched nerve disorder associated with shooting back pains and restricted mobility.

Can You Get a Herniated Disc from Whiplash?

Whiplash injuries are not directly attributed to the development of herniated discs but you can receive a herniated disc or worsen an existing herniated disc if you are involved in medium to high-speed car accidents. Whiplash and herniated discs may also be co-occurring injuries that produce similar symptoms such as pain, weakness and numbness in the neck, chest, shoulders and arms. If the herniated disc is larger than normal, it can cause tingling and numbness in the legs and feet as well.

Pinched Nerves

Victims of auto accidents may suffer pinched nerves (cervical radiculopathy) when cervical nerves supplying sensation to the neck, arms and shoulders are irritated by a ruptured disc or bone spurs. Radiating pain, numbness and weakness into corresponding areas are classic symptoms of pinched nerves that will worsen unless treated with chiropractic techniques such as spinal adjustments and decompression therapy. Realigning the spine removes pressure from nerves caused by displaced vertebrae and/or spinal discs.

Vertebral Subluxations

A vertebral subluxation (misalignment of the spinal vertebrae) can cause auto accident injury victims numerous health problems ranging from migraines to chronic fatigue to joint and neck pain. Irritation of spinal nerves compressed by misaligned vertebrae interferes with nerve signals traveling from one system of the body to the other.

By implementing an adjustment and manipulation procedure, your Fort Worth chiropractor at Premier Injury Clinics corrects subluxations so that your spine is aligned and nerves are no longer subjected to intense pressure and inflammation. In addition, realigning the spine reduces back pain caused by whiplash when muscles and other soft tissues start to receive rich amounts of oxygenated blood and nutrients following release of compressed spinal nerves.

If You Feel Fine After Being Involved in a Car Accident, Should You Still See a Chiropractor?

Yes! It is critical that you seek chiropractic care after an auto accident involving hyperflexion and hyperextension of your neck and upper back muscles. The effects of soft tissue trauma may not emerge for several days or even weeks later as the shock of the accident gradually subsides and your body ceases releasing endorphins that once helped minimize pain and inflammation naturally.

Rehabilitation for Auto Accident Injuries

Rehab/physical therapy based on chiropractic principles improve functioning of your musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary systems. Whether these systems have been affected by severe trauma, auto accident injury, surgery or a serious illness, therapeutic exercise is designed to address systemic disorders by restoring your muscle, joint and bone strength.

Premier Injury Clinics of Fort Worth and Dallas is here to help you achieve the highest quality of life possible with the latest chiropractic and pain management treatments available. Learn more about our services or call to schedule a free consultation appointment today.