Automobile accidents continue to be a major cause of serious injuries to the back, neck, and head in the United States. In 2015 there were over 2.3 million serious injuries from car accidents that required medical attention, an increase of over 30% from the prior year. The increase is due to lower gas prices that are causing people to drive more miles and thus more accidents occur. If you have been injured in an automobile accident, you probably have injured your neck and back and not immediately noticed it.
While the symptoms of broken or dislocated back and neck muscles are obvious, the symptoms of strained backs, pulled muscles, and overstretched tendons and also compression injuries may take weeks or months to present themselves. It is not uncommon for a person to wake up a week or a month after an automobile accident and begin to feel back and neck discomfort. All of a sudden you may feel a stiff neck that will not go away or have trouble sitting in one position for an extended period of time. You back muscles may have been compromised in an automobile accident to an extent that when you go back to work you severely strain your back by lifting a heavy object. You may mistakenly blame the heavy lifting for the injury while all along it was caused by the auto accident last week.
If you wait until you feel pain or re-injure yourself the injury may have progressed to a point where you might have to consider taking dangerous medication or having a doctor perform radical surgery in order to alleviate the pain. It is important that no matter how minor or insignificant the automobile accident that you are involved in that you immediately call a Chiropractor in Arlington Tx for a neck and spinal medical evaluation to see if you have seriously injured your back without knowing it.