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Watch Out for These Spinal Injury Symptoms if You’ve Been Involved in a Car Accident

Long after the sirens have faded and the glass has been swept up, a car crash can cause lingering problems in its aftermath. One of these in particular can affect you for the rest of your life.

The reality of a car accident is that both major and minor accidents can cause back injuries. In time, even a seemingly minor back injury can have an enormous impact on your everyday life.

Depending on the severity of your spinal injury, you may want to seek a McAllen chiropractor from Hendricks Wellness Center to review your options for treatment. Not all back injuries may require invasive surgery. In fact, some forms of chiropractic treatment after a car crash may be a benefit to your spine. See us if you experience any of the following symptoms.

Symptoms of Spinal Injury

Beware of the following symptoms of spinal injury if you have been involved in a car accident:

  • Lots of Coughing or Trouble Clearing Sputum
  • Loss of Sensation (e.g. feeling heat, cold, and touch)
  • Sexual Function Changes, Sensitivity and Fertility Issues
  • Exaggerated Spasms or Reflexes
  • Pain or Stinging Sensations Within the Spinal Cord

While these symptoms are troubling enough, seek out immediate medical intervention if you begin experiencing:

  • Twisted Back or Neck
  • Extreme Back Pain
  • Extreme Pressure on the Neck, Head, or Spine
  • Weakness in a Particular Part of the Body
  • Incoordination
  • Walking Difficulties
  • Loss of Movement
  • Balance Issues
  • Loss of Pelvic Organ Control (e.g. bowel or bladder control)
  • Impaired Breathing

Analyzing Spinal Injuries

A spinal cord injury can often cause permanent changes in sensation, strength, and other bodily functions below the site of the injury. Its severity is often categorized thusly:

  • Complete –  If all sensory and motor function is lost below the damage to the spinal cord, that’s called a complete spinal injury.
  • Incomplete – If you have some motor or sensory function below the affected area, your injury is called incomplete. This type of injury varies in severity.

Spinal injuries often cause paralysis depending on the injury itself as well:

  • Paraplegia – Only your legs, trunk, and pelvic organs are affected by some form of paralysis. 
  • Quadriplegia – Your limbs, trunk, hands, feet, and pelvic organs are all affected by some form of paralysis.

The Types Of Spinal Injuries at a Glance

The spine can be split into three distinct areas: neck (cervical vertebrae), upper back (thoracic vertebrae), and lower back (lumbar vertebrae). Each section of the spinal cord and vertebrae are surrounded by muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. If injured, they can cause varying degrees of pain–from minor to excruciating, and from brief to everlasting.  

1. Lumbar Spine Injuries

The lumbar spine houses the five largest vertebrae and the most powerful of the muscles needed to provide spinal stability, so a sprain to the lumbar spine can prove particularly distressing.

A sprain is a stretching of the ligaments, tendons, or muscles, and either of these injuries may result in limited movement, bruising, tenderness, and swelling. A sprain to a particular back muscle may require a visit to your friendly McAllen chiropractors in order to ease your suffering. 

2. Thoracic Spine Injuries

Generally, injuries to the thoracic spine are the most serious. The thoracic spine, or upper back, connects to the ribs and chest region. Sprains and fractures in this area are primarily caused by high-velocity auto accidents and may result in permanent nerve damage.

Injury to this area often ranges between moderate to severe, and it becomes worse when the injured person tries to move. Thoracic spine injuries also cause numbness in the limbs and bowel/bladder dysfunction.

3. Herniated Discs

Sometimes, crash victims experience herniated discs. Discs are cushions in between the vertebrae that protect the spine.

A spinal disk has a soft, jellylike center encased in a more resistant exterior.  When the disc pushes outward from between the vertebrae, its innards, known as the nucleus pulposus, pushes out through a tear in the exterior–or annulus.

The herniation then places pressure on the spinal cord or its surrounding nerves. The most commonly reported symptoms are sudden and intense pain in the lower region of the back and numbness in the legs. 

How Chiropractic Care Can Help Your Car Accident Injury

Seeking out chiropractic services in McAllen for relief of any back pain experienced as a result of a car accident is something that can benefit you in several ways:

  1. It can reduce pain.
  2. It reduces muscle tension.
  3. It helps the body heal properly.
  4. It can reduce scarring and inflammation.

Seeing our McAllen chiropractors at Hendricks Wellness Center to soothe what back pain ails you is always a good idea. Our healing hands and professional technique can offer relief to back pain developed from traumatic accidents.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, contact us at (956) 630-2255 to schedule your next chiropractic appointment today.

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