Treating auto injury accident victims is a specialty at Schilsky Chiropractic Center. We offer chiropractic services that should help with any ill symptoms that have been brought on by your auto accident. The chiropractic care that Schilsky Chiropractic Center offers is unlikely to be rivaled by any other center. Visit us today to learn how our chiropractic treatments can help you!

In a rear end collision, the victim’s car is first pushed forward and then, because their foot is on the brake, or their car is pushed into the rear of the car in front of them, their car is abruptly stopped. As the car accelerates forward, it pushes the victim forward – but the head stays behind momentarily rocking up and back until some of the muscles and ligaments of the neck are stretched or torn.

The muscles in a reflex action to the backward motion of the head, try to jerk the head forward again. This rocks the head forward and down even more violently than the initial injury, stretching or tearing more muscles and ligaments. If the victim isn’t well restrained by a seat belt, and especially if their car hits the next car in front of them, the head can strike the steering wheel or the windshield adding a head injury or concussion to any neck injuries.

Any substantial blow to your body, whether from a car accident, contact sports or an accident at work, can cause whiplash or other neck injuries. The biggest danger with whiplash injuries is that the symptoms can take years to develop. Too often people don’t seek treatment until more serious complications develop.

New imaging devices (CAT Scans, Magnetic Imaging, and Ultra Sound) now show soft tissue injury and insurance companies now cover most whiplash injuries. Statistics show that when no bones are broken and the head doesn’t strike the windshield, 62% – 98% complain of neck pain, which typically starts anywhere from 2 hours up to 2 days after the accident.

60% to 70% of those suffering from whiplash complain of headache. Shoulder pain is often described an pain radiating down the back of the neck into the shoulder blade area. Muscle tears are often described as burning pain, prickling or tingling. More severe disc damage may cause sharp pain with certain movements which are relieved by holding your hand over your head.

Basic Whiplash Symptoms are: Neck Pain, Headache, Shoulder Pain, Low Back Pain, Difficulty Swallowing, Blurred Vision, Ringing in the Ears, Nausea, Fatigue or Weakness, Irritability, Dizziness and Vertigo (a sense of rotation).

If you experience any of these symptoms, play it safe and get a chiropractic check up immediately. Even if you feel normal after an accident, with no symptoms, you should be thoroughly examined. Symptoms can be delayed for days and in some cases, may not surface for years. This delay in symptoms and the long term consequences make it very important to get examined after any accident. Don’t wait, call our office for an appointment. We’ve been voted Best Chiropractic Office since 1998 by Jacksonville’s Readers Choice Awards and have a reputation for excellence. Our on-site team of professionals are ready to care for you today!