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Car accidents happen to even the most careful of drivers, and mild to severe injuries often occur. You might think that painful injuries and long-term complications only result from the most serious of accidents, but that isn’t exactly true.

Even in low-impact collisions, whiplash can result from an car accident. This is true even if you’re only traveling 5 to 10 miles per hour when the accident occurs. If you are hit from the side or rear, certain things can happen within your spine to damage it:

  • Stretching or tearing of ligaments and muscles
  • Compression of the joints
  • Irritation of the nerves

All of these injuries can cause inflammation and pain, increasing your suffering after a car accident.

These symptoms might not even appear until 24 to 48 hours after the collision. That is why people often think they haven’t been injured in a wreck, only to discover a day or two later that they are in extraordinary amounts of pain and discomfort!

Any time you’re involved in a car accident, it would be a good idea to immediately visit a chiropractor as a preventive step. We can assess your spine and detect any potential damage, and often prevent you from having a chronic, painful problem that persists long after the event.

If you’re involved in a car accident, please give us a call. We can help you uncover any whiplash injuries and treat problematic injuries promptly.