Auto Accident Spinal Injuries Information from our Boca Raton Chiropractor
Spinal injuries are all too common as a result of an auto accident. They can be painful in and of themselves, but they can also cause problems that radiate outward from the spine and affect the limbs. Spinal injuries can even radiate upward to affect the neck, shoulders, and head in the form of chronic headaches and migraines. Our trusted Boca Raton chiropractor is experienced with treating auto accident spinal injuries and can help you get back to your healthy lifestyle.
What Are the Most Common Back and Spine Injuries?
The human back and spine are comprised of a complex and delicate network of bones, nerves, muscles and other tissues. It can be easy to take your back and spine for granted when everything is going well. However, when even one aspect becomes out of alignment, it can throw off the entire equilibrium and homeostasis of the body.
Spinal Disc Injuries
Bulging or herniated discs can result from trauma to the back and spine as a result of the impact. Other synonyms for herniated discs include ruptured disc and slipped disc. The spinal discs refer to the spongy cushioning agents located between each vertebra of the spine. They serve to stabilize the spinal column and protect each vertebra as well as the entire spine from the impact. They also offer protection as you move, giving the spine flexibility.
The impact of an auto accident can cause damage to one or more spinal discs. In some cases, they become deformed, as in the case of a bulging disc. This impairs its ability to cushion the spine and protect the vertebrae and may cause the disc to rupture entirely. This not only destroys its ability to protect the spine and cushion the vertebrae. It can also put pressure on the nearby nerves of the spine, which can result in great pain and discomfort. Pressure on the spinal nerves can cause tingling, numbness or weakness in the area as well as the limbs. This is because the nerves of the spinal column extend outward to the rest of the body and facilitate feeling and movement.
Sciatica is related to disc injuries and is often caused by spinal injuries in the lower back. In addition to pain, weakness or numbness in the lower back, sciatica is characterized by a shooting pain down one buttock and leg. This is because the sciatic nerve runs from the lower back down the legs. In most cases, just one leg is affected in the case of a sciatica injury.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord connects the brain with the rest of the nervous system throughout the body. It facilitates signaling and messages being sent back and forth as the body moves and receives stimuli. An auto accident injury to the spine can potentially damage the nerves of the spinal cord and lead to impairment of this crucial messaging system. While tingling, pain, and numbness are common results, in severe cases, paralysis is a possible consequence.
Compression fractures refer to tiny cracks in the bones and vertebrae of the spine. This can cause deformation of the spine and even result in the collapse of some of the vertebrae. Obviously, immediate medical attention is required to properly address a compression fracture.
Spinal Injury Treatment is Available with our Boca Raton Chiropractor
Chiropractic care from our Boca Raton chiropractor, Dr. Allan DellaBella, can be the pivotal step to getting you on the road to healing after an auto accident. Call us at (561) 488-4000 to schedule your appointment. Even if the accident seems minor or is a low-speed collision, you should still get an assessment as soon as possible to determine if there are hidden spinal injuries call us.