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Rear Ended, Car Crashes and Late Onset Neck Pain?

A client recently told me a story I hear almost weekly in my chiropractic office.

“I was hit from behind and at the time, it didn’t seem like a big deal. We both got out and the cars looked fine. The guy hit me pretty hard, but cars are so sturdy these days. There was no damage, so I didn’t even get his name. I told everyone about it that evening and thought I had got off pretty lucky. Then the next day when I woke up, I could hardly lift my head from the pillow! It was like my neck was connected to my shoulders and it world not move. I couldn’t believe it. That was when I felt the impact of the crash. I now have a wreck that should have been reported on my insurance, but I don’t even have the guy’s license plate!”

First, some advice. If you are rear ended, even if there was no damage to the car, always get the license plate, driver’s license and insurance information from the person who hit you.

Whiplash, which is what my client experienced the morning after the crash doesn’t always show up at first. Adrenaline can keep the symptoms at bay, and, it can take time for your body to react to the trauma of having your head, and spine, move back and forth ( whiplash) due to an automobile accident.

Secondly, if the car doesn’t show much damage, then YOU, the occupant, absorbed all the impact, NOT the car.

If you have been in a fender bender and suddenly have neck pain, back pain or are suffering brain fog and dizziness, give me a call. We will figure out the best line of treatment and can work with your insurance company to help you heal your injury. Oregon is a ‘no fault’ state, so regardless of who was at fault for the accident, you are covered.

Whiplash happens. It is always a good idea to take it seriously. The head and neck often move as quickly as 200 milliseconds…injuring ligaments, pinching and straining joints and muscles, even making the brain ‘bobble’ inside the skull, often leading to brain fog and dizziness, ( a form of mild concussion). We routinely test for concussion after an auto accident, bike accident, fall or sports injury.

Even if there is no damage to the car, there is a chance your head, neck, spine  and sometimes, your brain, was affected and injured.

Drive safely.

Dr. Agger