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:

What symptoms can occur after being in a car accident?

Common symptoms associated with car accident injuries include pain in the cervical spine (neck), thoracic (mid-back), and lumbar (low-back) regions, muscle stiffness and spasms, pain in the upper and lower extremities, headaches, blurred vision, memory loss, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating, and a number of other symptoms.

The most dangerous symptom is one you don’t feel at all. Many times these injuries do not manifest symptoms until months or possibly years down the road, which is why it is critical to have yourself properly examined after a car accident.

What happens if I never get myself checked?

The forces put on your body during a car accident can alter the biomechanical function of the spine and extremities. If left untreated, these can rapidly increase your risk for Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis can ruin the integrity of the discs that sit in between your vertebra leading to Degenerative Disc Disease and scar tissue formation. The accumulation of Degenerative Disc Disease and scar tissue formation can result in ruined posture (a hump-backed appearance), chronic pain and stiffness, and an inability to bend and twist as you once did.

What type of Doctor should I see after being in a car accident?

The truth is most doctors do not have the necessary training and continuing education to properly diagnose and effectively treat car accident injuries. If you have been in an accident, you need a doctor who is trained in the biomechanics of the human body and treats injuries similar to yours on a daily basis.

Our office is fully equipped with all the diagnostic tools (including x-ray) and therapeutic equipment to effectively diagnose and treat car accident injuries. Dr. Pelphrey has completed an extensive list of continuing education courses in the proper diagnosis and treatment of these injuries and has an extremely high success rate in returning his patients to normal health. He also works with a number of reputable medical doctors and specialists in case a referral is necessary.

Is your care safe? Does it hurt?

Dr. Pelphrey treats patients with effective care that has been proven by scientific research. His care is extremely gentle and soothing. Most patients notice immediate improvement after treatment.

I’ve been to the hospital and seen my medical doctor? Do I need to see a chiropractor?

Typically if you are seen in the hospital for your car accident injury the staff will check your vital signs, do any necessary imaging to rule out life-threatening conditions and release you with pain medication. While pain medication may help the symptoms, they do not correct any structural damage or soft tissue issues that you may have. These un-treated issues will lead to future problems. This may sound like a broken record but you need a doctor who will address theCAUSE of the symptoms, not just the symptoms themselves.

My vehicle only sustained minor damage do I need to be evaluated?

There are numerous studies that show that there is absolutely no correlation between damage to the vehicle and injury to its occupants. Whether you were hit at 10 mph or 100 mph, you need to have yourself properly evaluated by a doctor trained in these types of injuries.

If I need treatment after a car accident, do I have to pay for it myself?

No, only in rare cases is the patient ever responsible for the cost of their treatment. The personal injury protection (or PIP) coverage in your insurance policy will cover your bill up to a certain limit depending on the policy. In most cases patients are released from care long before that limit is met. If the patient has hired legal representation we offer “on credit” care which does not hold the patient responsible for their treatment bills until their case has been settled. Using your medical coverage should not raise the premiums of your auto insurance.

Our trained staff can answer any questions you may have regarding personal injury protection.

I have received numerous calls from my Insurance Company and they want me to settle, what should I do?

Do not settle until you have had us evaluate your injury. When you sign a claim settlement, you release the insurance company of all medical and property responsibility. Once the door is closed, it remains closed forever. Don’t neglect your health for a quick payment that is worth far less than what you truly need.

Should I hire an attorney before seeing a chiropractor?

It is important to be evaluated by the doctor first. Once you have the results from all the necessary exams, you will have a better idea if legal representation is needed. If needed, our office can refer you to a number of qualified and reputable attorneys.

"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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Lexington, KY 40503

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