Have You Been in a T-Bone Car Accident?
What To Do About It
Whiplash is the first thing that comes to mind when people talk about car accidents. Whiplash is when the head is violently thrust forward and snaps back during a car accident. Event though damage can be serious, our bodies do have a mechanism to protect itself in case of whiplash; certain joints in the neck are positioned in a way that they act like breaks and stop the neck from going back any further.
However, during a side-impact accident (aka t-bone accident) our bodies have very limited protection; this is why t-bone accidents register a higher number of fatalities. Usually the vertebra in a joint will mis-align to one side during side impact and that misalignment interferes with blood flow and nerve function. The problem in any car accident is that the large muscles in the neck spasm and stress and that prevents a clear detection of a misalignment. Sometimes the misalignment goes undetected and neglected for years which brings about other health issues.
A professional doctor of chiropractic can detect this misalignment even years after it has happened. In my practice, Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, CA, I have seen patients whose misaligned neck joints were not detected immediately after a car accident. If you have been in a auto accident and you have been simply prescribed pain medication, we strongly urge you to see your chiropractor and get examined.