Auto Accident FAQs

When an auto accident occurs, victims are likely to sustain minor or severe injuries, depending on the collision. Even if you have only minor injuries after an accident, these issues can turn into serious health problems if left untreated. Soft-tissue damage, muscle sprains or tears, and bruising are just some of the conditions that can occur from accidents hidden from the naked eye. That’s why it’s essential to see our professional team at First Coast Medical Center for a thorough analysis of your overall health after a car accident. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding auto accident injuries.

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How do our chiropractors diagnose severe and minor auto accident injuries?

In most cases, patients cannot tell where the problem is internally. That’s why our chiropractors will examine your medical history and current health for an accurate diagnosis. When patients have been auto accidents, we use effective diagnostic tools like x-rays and ultrasound to determine whether or not their musculoskeletal systems are properly aligned. Since the nervous system controls all other systems in the body, even a minuscule variation in the spinal cord can cause various health problems. 

How does whiplash occur?

Whiplash happens when the individual’s car is hit from behind. It does not necessarily need to be a serious car accident for whiplash to occur. When the vehicle is hit, it can cause a jerking movement in the neck, damaging ligaments and muscles that support the spine and the head in the process. Sometimes the victims feel fine after the accident, and this leads to misdiagnosis.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Whiplash is a pain in the head, neck, and shoulders caused by the head jolting back and forth. Common symptoms of whiplash include headaches, irritability, neck pains or stiffness, shoulder pain, and fatigue. In addition, we also see patients suffering from back pains, pain in arms and legs, nausea, numbness, blurred vision, and ringing in the ears due to whiplash. That’s why it’s essential to notice the signs and symptoms of whiplash to seek professional treatment before the condition gets any worse.

How can a chiropractor help?

After an accident, our chiropractors will examine your neck and spine to assess the severity of your injuries. We identify the areas that are painful and sometimes request an x-ray or MRI. Once we are done with this evaluation, we recommend a treatment plan meant to ease pain and discomfort and result in full recovery. In some cases, we apply spinal manipulation, manual therapies, and cold laser therapies to help you heal.

Contact Us for Injury Treatment from Our Chiropractors in Orange Park or Jacksonville, FL

The good news for any auto accident patient is that we have qualified specialists who offer quality and affordable chiropractic care. At First Coast Medical Center, we are committed to providing patients natural relief at our Jacksonville and Orange Park locations. You can call us or reach us through our website to set up your first consultation or to learn more about how we can help.