Auto Accident Injury FAQs with Our San Jose Chiropractor
As a San Jose chiropractor, Dr. Allison Ross at Ross Chiropractic has helped hundreds of local Californians heal from auto accident injury and understand how their traumatic accidents can impact their physical and emotional well-being. Learn more by reading through some of our patients' most frequently asked questions.
Do Auto Accident Injuries Only Happen in Major Car Crashes?
Auto accident injuries are common after major car crashes, but they also can occur after minor fender benders involving speeds of just 10 miles per hour. Any type of auto accident can lead to stress and tension on the entire body and cause an injury.
What Are Common Auto Accident Injuries?
The most common types of auto accident injuries include whiplash, shoulder dislocation, nerve damage in the shoulder or spine (usually due to compression or stretching of the nerve), ligament sprains, tendon tears, generalized neck pain and back pain, herniated disc, bulging disc, hip or groin pain, and knee pain (often due to blunt force impact against the dashboard).
Importantly, auto accidents can also worsen pre-existing underlying issues, including vertebral subluxations in the spine.
Why Might an Auto Accident Injury Not Show Up Right Away?
Signs and symptoms of an auto accident, including pain, stiffness, and swelling, might not show up until several hours or days after the actual car crash. This can happen if stress hormones (which normally surge during trauma as part of the fight or flight response) remain elevated for a while. These stress hormones can temporarily block pain because they have a natural analgesic effect on the entire body and nervous system.
Once stress hormones return to their normal levels, pain from a previously hidden injury can start to become noticeable.
How Can a Chiropractor Help Heal Auto Accident Injuries?
Chiropractic care is an excellent resource when you are recovering from an auto accident injury. Our chiropractor in San Jose, CA, can help by diagnosing your specific injury, identifying any contributing factors that could be worsening your pain (like poor posture or muscle imbalances), and providing individualized, drug-free treatments that alleviate symptoms and help injured tissues heal.
Common chiropractic treatments for auto accident injury include spinal adjustments, massage therapy, spinal decompression therapy, and corrective exercises.
Because our chiropractor provides holistic "whole person" care, she can help you optimize your well-being at any stage of healing. Even if you have chronic issues from a prior injury, services like spinal adjustments and custom orthotics can improve spinal alignment and whole-body wellness.
Were You in a Car Accident Recently?
Contact Ross Chiropractic today at 408-247-4503 to schedule an appointment with our San Jose, CA, chiropractor.