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Disc Injuries from Car Accidents

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Disc Injuries from Car Accidents

Car accidents, including minor fender benders, can cause internal injuries to your back and neck. Our chiropractor in Boca Raton can diagnose your car accident injury and provide treatment options that will reduce your pain and heal the injury.

Damaged or Herniated Discs

When the back is subjected to a jarring force, like in a car accident, it can put extreme pressure on the discs, causing them to slip out of place. When this happens, the disc starts putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots, causing back pain. In severe instances, the herniated disc material can irritate the sciatic nerve, causing sciatica. Irritation of the sciatic nerve causes lower back and leg pain and numbness and tingling or burning sensations.

Spinal Stenosis

Inflammation of the soft tissues and damage to one or more discs can cause spinal stenosis. For individuals with undiagnosed or asymptomatic spinal stenosis, the impact from the car accident can cause symptoms to manifest. Car accidents cause inflammation to the soft tissues in the back as well as disc injuries. This can further narrow the pathways of the nerves, causing severe back pain and numbness.

Spinal Cord Compression and Compression Fractures

Compression fractures are fairly common in moderate to severe car accidents. In this instance, the jarring force in the accident was hard enough to cause one or more of the vertebrae to break. This causes a compression of the spinal column, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. Symptoms of spinal compression include sudden pain, loss of range of motion, numbness and tingling in the extremities and swelling.

Chiropractic Care for Disc injuries

Our chiropractor can diagnose and treat car accident related disc injuries. We offer chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy to reduce pain and heal injuries. Chiropractic adjustments gently push the vertebrae back into their proper alignment. They also reduce inflammation and facilitate the proper function of the nervous system. Massage therapy reduces overall muscle pain while increasing flexibility and circulation.

What was your experience when you visited our chiropractor after your car accident?
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