It is the most common complaint from whiplash trauma being reported in over 90% of patients. It will often radiate across the shoulders, up into the head, and down between the shoulder blades. Injuries to the neck usually affect all of the tissues including: facet joints, discs, muscles, ligaments, and nerves. Facet joints are the most common cause of neck pain following a car accident and can only be diagnosed by physical palpation by a trained chiropractor.
This is the 2nd most common complaint following an auto injury affecting more then 80% of all patients. Headaches are most commonly associated with an injury sustained to the cervical spine. Without treatment, headaches can persist for weeks or months.
Tempromandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) is a less common, but no less debilitating disorder, that can be caused by car accidents. It begins as a pain with clicking and popping noises in the jaw during movement and can lead to headaches, facial pain, ear pain, and difficulty eating.
Mild brain injuries are common due to the forces on the brain during the 4th phases. The brain bounces off the skull causing bruising in the brain itself. This leads to temporary confusion and disorientation after a crash and less commonly can cause patients to lose consciousness and have a mild concussion. Symptoms span a wide range from difficulty concentrating to visual disturbances to a decreased sense of taste.
Low Back Pain
This is a very common injury, occurring in over 50% of rear impact collisions and 75% of side-impact collisions. This is due to the compression that occurs in the 1st two phases.
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