Why You Never Ignore Neck Pain After an Auto Accident

Don’t add insult to injury. If you suffer from neck pain following a recent car accident, get help quickly before it turns into a chronic issue. Medical Director Cary Nelson, MD, Executive Director Kari Hawkins, DC, and our talented staff at Advanced Integrative Medical Center in Redondo Beach, California, diagnose your injury and offer treatments to keep it under control.

Whiplash: a pain in the neck

Neck injuries from car accidents or other trauma can lead to further complications if not diagnosed and treated promptly. The most common car-related injury is whiplash. It is estimated that 3 in 1,000 people may suffer from whiplash following car accidents, with 1 in 4 of those developing chronic symptoms. 

Signs of whiplash include: 

  • Neck pain, stiffness, and/or loss of motion
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Tingling or numbness in your arms
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
  • Pain in your upper back or shoulders
  • Other health-related issues, ranging from sleep disturbance to depression 

Our doctors check whether the extensive back and forth movement from your car accident caused whiplash or other injuries. If so, they provide treatment to prevent chronic headaches, long-term disability, or pain.

How we examine your injuries 

We use a variety of tests to diagnose your neck injury. Our team may: 

  • Ask you to move your head, neck, and arms to check your range of motion
  • Test your reflexes
  • Discuss any tenderness in your neck, back, or shoulders 

We may also recommend imaging tests, such as X-rays, computerized tomography (CT), or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to rule out other medical issues.

Why it’s crucial to treat neck injuries promptly

Left untreated, whiplash and other neck injuries can result in a range of disorders, from chronic pain, sleep problems, brain-related disorders, and overall diminished quality of life. Our team evaluates you for post-accident neck injuries, which may be due to:

Thoracic outlet syndrome. Pain and numbness that radiates from thoracic nerves and blood vessels between your neck, shoulders and fingers following an auto accident. 

Whiplash. Although symptoms may not be evident in tests, studies have shown that certain changes can be found in the brains of those suffering from whiplash.

Whiplash-associated disorder. Patients may notice pain in their jaw, neck or head shortly after an accident.

Treatments include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy

We offer a range of options from targeted exercises, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), and chiropractic care to treat your injuries without resorting to potentially harmful surgeries or drugs.

Get back in the driver’s seat today

After a car accident, you may feel fearful or out of control. Our caring team at Advanced Integrative Medical Center offers various therapies to put you back on the road to recovery. We offer in-person and telemedicine consultations. Simply give us a call at 424-210-8093 or book an appointment online today.

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