Each year, more than six million Americans are involved in a car accident. Of those accidents, more than 800,000 involve neck problems like whiplash, fractures, and injuries to the spinal cord. While there’s no way to prevent accidents entirely, there are things you can do to reduce the severity of their potential side-effects should one occur. Below, you’ll find a list of recommendations, as well as steps to take if you or a loved one experiences an automobile accident.
How can I reduce the risk of a car accident-related neck injury?
The easiest and most effective way to reduce the risk of a car accident-related neck injury is to drive defensively. You probably practice many of these techniques, but it doesn’t hurt to refresh:
What should I do if I’m involved in a car accident?
If you’re involved in a car accident, it’s important to listen to your body. Even if you feel fine, make an appointment with your doctor of chiropractic. Many accident-related ailments, including whiplash, don’t always present symptoms right away. In some cases, they take hours or even days to appear.
Your DC can conduct a comprehensive exam, perform a series of adjustments and recommend rehabilitative exercises to enhance your strength and restore your range of motion.
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