Car accidents happen, even for the safest drivers. According to the 2015 Annual Collision report by WSDOT, a crash occurs every 4.5 minutes. Furthermore, a person is injured from a crash every 11 minutes.
After a car crash, there’s a lot that you have to deal with, including but not limited to insurance companies, law enforcement and likely a damaged vehicle. All of these stress factors may force you to ignore an injury that you sustained during the accident.
An ignored injury could progress further into a long-term issue, leading to missing work, and unable from doing daily tasks. Here at Petett Chiropractic, we recommend seeking medical attention immediately after an accident. Many people don’t realize that car accident injuries do develop over time and if not properly treated, will worsen.
Be sure to see a doctor if you suspect that you may have sustained an injury. Your doctor may suggest seeing an experienced Seattle chiropractor to help any pain and prevent further injury.
Common Washington Car Accident Injuries
Here are a few injuries that you may need to see a chiropractor for after a car accident.
Whiplash: Whiplash occurs when the head is suddenly moved back and forth with great force. This is commonly a result of rear-end collisions. The sudden force stretches and tears the muscles in your neck, causing discomfort and pain. When your body has been in a car accident, it attempts to adapt to the injury which causes the symptoms to not appear until several days or weeks after the accident.
Back pain: The back typically suffers the most damage following an auto accident. The discs in our back work as shock absorbers to cushion the bones from impact. The force from a car accident can cause our discs to herniate, resulting in low back pain or fractures.
If you are struggling to perform everyday tasks, such as bending over to tie your shoes, it may be time to see your Renton chiropractor for gentle spinal adjustments. Routine chiropractic care and exercise can rehabilitate the disc and prevent any further injury.
Headaches: Headaches have become so common that most people will ignore them. However, headaches are often a sign that something is wrong. If you are experiencing various headaches after an auto accident, there is a possibility that it is from malfunctioning spinal bones in your back and neck. When spinal nerves and tissues have been stretched, or irritated, headaches can occur. A spinal adjustment from your chiropractor can immediately improve the headache, and give you extended relief.
Schedule an Appointment with Renton Car Accident Chiropractors
It’s important to understand how to properly treat your injuries in the case of an auto accident. Along with visiting your doctor or physician, visiting a chiropractor can drastically heal your injuries.
If you recently have been in an auto accident in the Renton, Kent or Seattle-area, contact your trusted and skilled chiropractors at Petett Chiropractic. Our chiropractic doctors have decades of combined experience working with patients who have suffered from a car accident. Our office is conveniently located near Valley Medical Center, thirty minutes from Seattle.