Every day, millions of people drive on roads and streets across America. So many people are behind the wheel and it’s no surprise that automobile accidents happen daily. Eventually, if you haven’t already been in an automobile accident, there is a reasonable chance you will be in the future.
The most common types of injuries resulting from car accidents are soft tissue injuries.
“A Soft tissue injury (STI) is the damage of muscles, ligaments and tendons throughout the body. Common soft tissue injuries usually occur from a sprain, strain, a direct blow resulting in a contusion or overuse of a particular part of the body.”
Soft tissue injuries can cause discomfort in the form of bruising, soreness, swelling and stiffness. These types of injuries are common in automobile accidents due to the impact of the collision between the automobiles.
Whiplash is by far the most common injury resulting from an automobile accident. The proper medical terms for whiplash are cervical strain/sprain or hyperextension injury.
- Sharp neck pain
- Stiffness of the neck
- Back problems
- Cognitive issues, such as problems with memory and concentration
Whiplash occurs when the impact from a rear end collision forces your head and neck to move back and forth violently.
Whiplash symptoms can occur gradually, several days after the accident, or immediately. Anyone suffering from whiplash should seek medical attention even if the symptoms seem minor. If whiplash is left untreated, pain can develop into chronic minor to sever discomfort in your neck and back.
If you have been in an automobile accident, massage therapy can help treat whiplash and many other soft tissue injuries. Also with a referral from a physician, insurance will cover the cost of your treatments.
Seek a medical massage therapist or a massage therapist with specialized training and knowledge of injuries associated with automobile accidents. Here at The Therapy Centers, we look forward to helping you enhance the quality of your health through manual and massage therapy.