Picture this: it’s been minutes since you stopped at the red light near your home during your daily commute when suddenly, a driver crashes into the rear-end of your car without warning. Now your bumper is dented, your airbags have deployed, and you’re waiting on the police to arrive to file a report. Three days later you notice discomfort in your neck and a shock of pain shoots down your arm and up your neck. Is it possible that a minor car accident could have caused this developing injury?
The Spine Is Complex and Sensitive
Your spine is made up of incredibly delicate and fragile structures. In most practices, a doctor looks at the spine as five separate sections:
- Cervical Region: the 7 vertebrae from your head to your shoulders
- Thoracic Region: the 12 vertebrae in the middle of your back that protect your heart, lungs, and support your rib cage.
- Lumbar Region: the 5 vertebrae in your lower back
- Sacrum Region: a collection of fused vertebrae that connect your hips to your spine.
- Coccyx Region: your tailbone.
Each region of your spine works in concert with the others to support the weight of your body and transport signals to your brain. It is possible that a minor auto accident can put pressure on your spine can cause pain.
Moreover, within each region of your spine there are different tissues, nerve bundles, and structures:
- Vertebrae are the interlocking bones that make up your spinal column.
- Discs are essential shock absorbers for your entire Each disc features a fibrous exterior (the annulus) that contains a gelatinous cushioning material (the nucleus).
- The spinal cord is a complex bundle of neurons that manage the signals sent from your brain to your body and back again.
- Ligaments are the fibrous bands of soft tissue that hold your spine in place, keep it together, and protect it from damage.
Damage to any of these regions is why even minor injuries can also lead to swelling, inflammation, serious pain, and dysfunction.
It’s important to remember, every person and crash is different. The forces involved in your collision and their impact on your body will depend on multiple factors, including:
- The makes and models of each car or motorcycle involved.
- The category of collision. (head-on, T-Bone, rear-end)
- The speed of each vehicle or motorcycle.
- Where the drivers were positioned in each vehicle.
- If you were secured with a seatbelt.
- Your stats: age, height, weight, gender
- If you had a pre-existing condition that may have increased your risk of a serious injury.
- If your airbags caused any bodily harm.
With each of these factors, a “minor” collision can become a devastating event that can cause life-long rehabilitation and pain management leading to weekly chiropractic adjustment for whiplash, pinched nerves, lower back pain, herniated discs, and other debilitating conditions.
About Regional Medical Group
Regional Medical Group (RMG) is a team of highly qualified accident doctors and medical staff who have teamed up with an extensive network of chiropractors that specialize in the treatment and care of patients who have been injured in any form of automobile accident, motorcycle accident, semi-truck accident, Uber auto accident, Lyft auto accident, slip-and-fall, or other work-related accidents. Regional Medical Group helps patients focus on injury treatment without the stress of how to pay for it.
Regional Medical Group is standing by to help with its remarkable network of chiropractors by finding its patients a ‘chiropractor near me’. For more information visit Regional Medical Group online at RegionalMedicalGroup.com or call today.
Regional Medical Group is your one-stop solution for accidental injury care.