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Top 3 Injuries from Car Accidents

Top 3 Injuries sustained in Car Accidents

1. Whiplash

Whiplash (a type of spine injury) is perhaps the most common type of vehicle injury. Whiplash happens when a collision causes the head and body to suddenly shake forward or towards the side. This puts incredible pressure on the ligaments of the neck and back. Untreated whiplash can lead to chronic headaches, neck pain and back pain.  THough whiplash injuries may resolve on their own they are serious to treat early and aggressively with therapy to prevent chronic pain.  

2. Head Injuries

Head injuries occur when the brain is shaken from the sudden deceleration of the vehicle from the impact or from actual impact of the head with the steering wheel, window or airbag.  Mild head injuries are a form of concussions that often require just lots of rest, hydration and therapy to allow the injury to heal. Untreated head injuries can lead to post concussion syndrome that can cause symptoms like vomiting, headaches, disorientation and memory lapses.

3. Back Injuries

Injuries to your back and spine are common in car accidents. Similar to whiplash experienced in the neck the lower back is highly susceptible to getting strained from a collision.  The back muscles are required for standing and walking so when under strain can cause major disability in ability to function daily.  Early initiation of therapy is essential to rapid recovery and avoidance of chronic back spasms.

At Integrative Pain Institute:A Diviision of Progressive Health, our team of Doctors, Therapists and Chiropractors take a comprehensive approach to injury evaluation and management.  Our goal is to alleviate pain, restore function, and optimze health.  If you have been in a car accident and struggling with pain schedule an appointment now at 972-290-1507 to see one of our experts.




Neil Verma, MD Chief Medical Officer - *The opinions expressed herein are solely the opinions of the author. Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Should you need medical advice, see your physician.

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