Injuries to the neck and back as a result of a motor vehicle accident can leave patients with serious and permanent injuries when left untreated. The most common types of car accidents are rearend and side impact collisions. The greatest types of injury are to the neck, mid-back and lower back. Pain medications and muscle relaxers are only just temporary solutions to reducing pain and discomfort and do not treat the structural trauma and stress placed on the spine, muscles, nerves and joints. Although initially helpful, these medications eventually lose their effectiveness and the patient realizes that their injuries are more serious than a gentle bruise or muscle sprain/strain. Chiropractic physicians are highly trained specialists experienced in diagnosing and treating traumatic injuries to the spine, muscles, nerves and joints.
When the neck and back are subjected to a traumatic injury, there are usually a combination of factors that contribute to intense pain and discomfort. The doctor of chiropractic treats the body without medication using a “holistic” and natural healing approach. Chiropractic physicians treat neck and back pain, headaches, arm, shoulder and leg pain along with numbness and tingling caused by auto accidents in a gentle and painfree manner. Left untreated, these types of symptoms can lead to permanent injuries and chronic nerve and muscle inflammation causing severe pain and suffering.
The force of an auto accident can also cause injury to the discs between the vertebrae where small tears can develop. If the gelatinous middle of the disc seeps out, it can irritate the nerve endings in this area. Occasionally, the gel material can seep all the way out and press on a nerve root exiting the spinal cord behind the disc known as a disc herniation. A disc bulge, although not as serious, can also cause pressure and irritation to the nerves. A herniated disc can cause pain in the neck as well as sharp, shooting pain down the arm into the hands and neurological symptoms such as numbness, tingling and muscle weakness. A herniated disc in the lower back can cause back pain as well as sharp, severe shooting pain into the buttocks and legs with neurological symptoms such as numbness, tingling and muscle weakness into the legs and feet.
One area chiropractor who treats people involved in a motor vehicle accident is Dr. Louis Stimmel, D.C. at Harrison Spine & Rehabilitation Center for a free consultation and evaluation. Stimmel is board certified with over 25 years of clinical practice experience. Stimmel has been board certified as a chiropractic sports physician and in hospital protocols and privileges. He has frequently lectured to orthopedic surgeons and medical physicians on the benefits of chiropractic care. Stimmel says he is highly trained and experienced in treating injuries caused by an auto accident utilizing a variety of safe, gentle and painfree techniques along with the latest physical therapies to relieve your pain and discomfort. Contact our office today at 973-483-3380 for your free consult and evaluation.
– Louis Stimmel, D.C.
Harrison Spine & Rehabilitation Center