common injuries after a car accident

Car accident chiropractors in Lexington KY with experience and skill can be a challenge to find. If you’ve ever been in a car accident, you know they can cause physical damage to both your vehicle and your body. You may not feel pain for hours or days following the accident, but even minor collisions can cause long and short-term injuries. At Pelphrey Chiropractic, our highly skilled staff want to get you back to your daily life, pain-free.

What Causes Delayed Pain From An Accident in Lexington KY?

Many times, victims of car accidents believe their head and neck pain is a result of stress from the wreck. This pain is often the result of a cervical spine injury. You may not feel pain immediately due to the body’s fight or flight response. The adrenaline rush at the time of the accident can dull pain. It can also take hours for bruising, swelling, and inflammation to begin causing discomfort.

My Car Sustained Minor Damage, Should I Be Seen?

Absolutely. It is better to know about the injury as early as possible. Untreated neck and back injuries can become long-term medical issues and contribute to the development of other spinal diseases such as Degenerative Disc Disorder, Spinal Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, and Facet Joint Syndrome. Seeing a car accident chiropractor after any collision is advised.

Symptoms of Back Injury

Your back absorbs an enormous amount of force during a car collision. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you have a back injury and should be evaluated:

  • Pain in any area of the back
  • Pain that radiates down the buttocks or legs
  • Stiffness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness or tingling in your arms, hands, feet, or legs

Common Back Injuries

You should not be surprised if you have any of these injuries following a motor vehicle accident:

  1. Whiplash - This is the cause of a majority of back and neck pain following a collision. It is not a specific diagnosis but more often the cause related to another injury.
  2. Soft Tissue Injury - This includes strains, sprains, and tears of the muscles, ligaments, and tendons of the back. You may feel intense pain, tenderness, or spasms.
  3. Herniated Disc - Extreme force can cause the supportive discs in the spine to slip out of alignment, crack, or rupture. A herniated (or ruptured) disc does not cause pain on its own but when it compresses a nerve in the lumbar or cervical spine.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care

There is far more to chiropractic treatment than a back crack here and there. Visits to a car accident chiropractor can provide several benefits, even with a limited number of visits. We can heal your ailment instead of covering up symptoms with prescription medications.

  1. Reduction in inflammation. Micro-tears in muscles and ligaments are common after a car accident and are not seen using standard x-ray. A spinal adjustment can get your spine back into alignment and naturally relieve the inflammation of these small tears.
  2. It can reduce scar tissue. Your muscles often scar following trauma, which results in soreness and stiffness. A car accident chiropractor can target these areas and break down the scar tissue build-up before it begins to cause major pain.
  3. Decreased need for prescription medications. Many prescription painkillers are incredibly addictive, especially if used for more than a very short time.
  4. Long-term benefits such as minor injuries not developing into more serious problems.
  5. Restored range of motion. Pain and stiffness can reduce your range of motion, making It difficult to turn your neck or back in a particular direction. We can reduce the discomfort to allow you to have a full range of motion.

Is Your Treatment Safe?

When performed by a trained professional, chiropractic care is safe. Many aches and pains in the back and neck are easily treated with chiropractic care. The sooner you seek treatment after an accident, ideally within 72 hours, the faster you will begin to heal.

How Many Visits Will I Need?

We recommend at least one follow-up visit after your initial evaluation. This is to ensure no new problems develop as your body is recovering. Many whiplash injuries can take weeks to present symptoms so an evaluation and adjustment soon after an auto accident can prevent pain in the future.

Does Insurance Cover Services?

Following an accident, you will be dealing with insurance companies and attorneys. You will want documentation of any injuries as quickly as possible after the accident. Seeing an auto accident chiropractor will provide you with the proof of injury you need to have your chiropractic services covered.

Contact Us

We are here to help you heal following a car accident. Our staff has extensive professional training and experience to treat your back and neck injuries. Contact our office online or by phone at (859) 296-4889. We are in Lexington, KY, and are pleased to serve the surrounding areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Being involved in a car accident is an extremely traumatic and stressful event that raises a lot of questions such as

  • How much damage was done to my vehicle?
  • How am I going to get around after this?
  • How much is this going to cost?
  • Who is going to pay for this?
  • Will my insurance premiums go up after this?

While these are all very important and understandable questions to ask, the most important and often overlooked question is:

Have I been hurt?

The truth is most people prioritize the health of their vehicle over their own health. A car is replaceable, your body and health is not. Here are some commonly asked questions about dealing with a motor vehicle accident:

"This chiropracter office is wonderful! All of the staff are friendly and always accommodating. I was in a car accident in November and was having headaches with driving and neck/back pain. I saw him three times a week at first, and am now being treated twice a week. I feel like my overall health has improved as well as my neck pain, back pain, and headaches. I highly recommend Pelphrey Chiropractic!"

- Ashlea M.

"Dr. Pelphrey was recommended to me by a co-worker for my daughter who has been having some back and neck pain. After the first visit I knew we were in the right place! Dr. Pelphrey is awesome and is staff is equally as wonderful and friendly! It feels like we have been going there for years! He also came up with a plan to help correct my daughter’s current issues, not to temporarily fix her issues, but correct them. We drive 45 minutes each way just to see him. I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Pelphrey and highly recommend him to anyone needing chiropractor care!"

- Kelly B.

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Pelphrey Chiropractic

616 Wellington Way Suite A
Lexington, KY 40503

Call: (859) 296-4889
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