Annually in the State of Michigan, there are about 314,000 car crashes. 81% of these crashes result in injury. Motor vehicle accidents not only take a toll on our health, but also on our wallets. Annually, about $18 billion per year is spent on medical expenses from car crash injuries in the United States.
While many car accidents may seem like a minor issue, they can have devastating long term effects on the drivers and passengers of the cars. According to a study in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, drivers who reported whiplash injury had a three-fold increased risk of future neck or shoulder pain as far as 7 YEARS after the crash. This negates the theory that most people will be ‘fine’ after a crash while resting and taking muscle relaxers. If the whiplash injury is not corrected after the crash, symptoms can linger for a lifetime.
The tiny and fragile ligaments and muscles of the neck can be damaged even when you are rear-ended at 15mph! This means the “bumps” received in the rear end collisions and the “fender benders” have a serious effect on your body. They cause misalignments in the spine and may not cause pain right away. With time, these misaligned vertebrae can cause devastating degenerative effects to the bones, the discs, and the nerves in the involved areas. The lack of pain immediately following a low impact collision tends to allow a much more serious problem to progress, spinal decay. This is exactly why all people involved in any auto injury, regardless of speed, should be checked by a chiropractor who specializes in whiplash.
Do not wait until the symptoms arise. Take control of the situation before it takes control of you. In referring to the structural alignment of children a great chiropractor once said, “As the twig grows so does the tree.” This quote could not be truer in regards to chiropractic care for children than in the situation of auto injuries. Children often tend to be the ones most frequently neglected, yet car safety devices and shoulder seatbelts are not as beneficial for our 3- and 4-foot passengers. Have all car injury victims in Traverse City checked for whiplash!
Give us a call today at Shift Chiropractic in Traverse City for your auto injury evaluation!