Did you know that most of the injury to the cervical spine (neck) occurs in less than one second from a rear end car accident? That is right, if you are hit from behind and especially not aware of the impact your injury will be complete in less than a second. Healing time? Could be months, weeks, years or life long depending on the speed of impact, type of car, type of bumper, if your head was turned, how long your neck is, if you were the passenger or driver, if you had a seat belt on and where your head rest is to name a few. Healing time also depends on how long you wait before you start some form of active care. Even though most pain will show up the first 48 to 72 hours, the sooner you start care for your neck pain or back pain after a car accident the faster you will recover.
what do to first after a whiplash injury? Get your spine checked. Chiropractors are experts in the field of spinal injury so start there. If you have a problem that needs some form of medical action, like a disc herniation, fracture in the spine or uncontrollable pain, your chiropractor will have a good spinal medical doctor to send you to.
My name is Dr. Greg Beasley and I have been a chiropractor for 19 years and have treated thousands of patients with whiplash type injuries to the spine. If you have been in an accident and have neck pain, upper back pain, headaches or low back pain please give us a call to make an appointment to sit and talk with me to see if I can help you.