The trauma sustained in an auto accident can continue to cause pain in your muscles, joints, and tendons long after the incident fades from your memory. Dr. Carline Clerge-Leger is a well-respected chiropractor in West Palm Beach, Florida, who is widely recognized for successfully treating individuals experiencing musculoskeletal injuries related to auto accidents. She leads the team at First Choice Chiropractic and Medical Center LLC and invites patients of all ages to experience an individualized, nonsurgical treatment program that focuses on healing and restoring healthy mobility following an auto accident. Call the office for your appointment or use the online booking tool.
While neck pain resulting from whiplash may be the most familiar musculoskeletal issue related to an auto accident, the violent movements experienced in even low-speed collisions may result in:
Whiplash injuries are due to the violent forces your body experiences when it’s suddenly whipped backward and then forward during an accident. This type of injury often happens in rear-end collisions but can occur with an impact from any direction, including frontal impacts.
The pain from a whiplash injury may occur immediately or take several days to develop. This delayed onset often confuses patients, who may not relate their pain to the auto accident. This delayed onset is due to micro-tears in ligaments and other soft tissues which become painful once swelling sets in, and swelling may not occur immediately after the accident.
Depending on the extent of your injury, whiplash can cause:
Dr. Clerge-Leger creates individualized treatment plans for her auto accident patients. This means your therapy includes strategies designed to relieve your pain and address the underlying issue that’s causing your pain.
Treatment typically starts with careful diagnostic studies that help determine the extent and nature of your injury, such as X-rays, gait analysis, and range-of-motion testing. Depending on those results, your therapy may include: