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Auto Injuries - St. Cloud, MN

Auto Injuries St. CloudBeing involved in a car accident is a scary situation that most people hope to never experience; however, if you’ve been in a car accident you may not only be dealing with the financial aftermath but also a physical injury, as well. If you have been injured in a car accident, you probably are looking for effective treatment options. After all, most auto accidents can result in multiple and complex injuries. The most common problems we see are back pain, whiplash, and injuries to the knee, shoulders, neck and legs.

Immediately following the accident you may not have experienced any symptoms of an injury; however, you may have begun to notice pain or poor mobility in the days or weeks following. Sometimes traumatic injuries take time to manifest, which is why we always recommend seeing a doctor for a proper evaluation after an accident.

If you’ve been in an accident we are here to tailor our program to fit your needs and to improve your function as efficiently as possible. Our goal is for you to return to daily activities without pain or discomfort. Through different physical therapy modalities we focus on your musculoskeletal injuries to help return patients to their normal functioning levels.

Whiplash and Auto Injuries

Whiplash is probably one of the most misunderstood and misaligned kinds of injuries; people involved in automobile accidents often suspect they have whiplash if they feel any kind of soreness in their neck. This is not to diminish the fact that whiplash is quite a common and potentially serious kind of injury incurred in automobile collisions.

Whiplash and Auto Injuries

What is whiplash? Whiplash is an injury to the cervical spine, or neck, and occurs when the muscles and other soft tissues are hyperextended or hyperflexed.

Most instances of whiplash occur during a front-end or rear-end automobile collision. The force of the vehicle being struck or striking another object are quite powerful, and can cause the neck muscles, ligaments, and tendons to twist and turn with incredible, unnatural force. These tissues, which are stretched far beyond their natural limits, can become torn and, in some cases, permanently damaged. In addition, vertebral discs in the cervical spine can bulge, tear, and rupture.

 

Symptoms of whiplash may include one or more of the following:

  • Blurred vision or dizziness
  • Ear ringing
  • General stiffness
  • Headaches, especially behind the eyes
  • Nausea
  • Numbness, or burning, piercing and/or radiating pain in the neck, jaw, face, shoulders (and between the shoulder blades), and arms, which is usually a sign of a muscle or ligament tear.
  • Pain in any of the extremities
  • Sharp pains when moving an extremity, such as an arm or finger (a possible sign of disc damage).
  • Swallowing difficulty

Many people who incur whiplash are treated with a device called a cervical collar, a soft cushion that envelopes the neck and keeps the weight of the head from applying undue pressure to damaged tissues during the healing process.

For more information on Auto Injuries, call Granite City Chiropractic in St. Cloud, MN at (320) 251-0822!