During a car accident your head can be very rapidly and violently whipped around. This motion can damage many parts of your neck including muscles, tendons, discs, ligaments and even blood vessels that supply your brain. The vertebral arteries are particularly at risk because they actually travel through the neck vertebrae. When your head is whipped around these arteries can be stretched or torn causing internal damage that can result in altered blood flow, or block the flow of blood.
Symptoms of vertebral artery injury include pain in the back of the head or in the temple area of the head. It can also be felt like a dull sensation or throbbing sensation. Sometimes people experience light headedness or dizziness.
If you have been in auto accident and are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention. These same symptoms can be caused by soft tissue injury to the neck.
If you have had a car accident and are experiencing any of the above symptoms, or if you have neck pain and stiffness, arm or shoulder pain, ringing in the ears or numbness and tingling in your hands and fingers, there is a good chance that you have had some damage to the soft tissues (discs, muscles, nerves, etc) of your neck. Immediate evaluation and treatment by a chiropractor experienced and trained for these kind of injuries can not only help you avoid serious consequences from untreated injuries, but also prevent scar tissue and adhesions from forming. Scar tissue is the leading cause of long term problems and effects from car accidents.
If you have had a recent car accident and live near our clinic in Roseville California, please contact our office for a free consultation. If we suspect a neck injury can do an exam and take x-rays right away.
Twin Creeks Health, Roseville California