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Our Oklahoma City Chiropractor Answers Your Questions About Auto Injuries

If you've been in an auto accident, you may have a lot of questions about what happened to you and how we can help. Here are some of the answers from our Oklahoma City chiropractor at Sweeney Chiropractic Clinic.

How fast does the car have to be moving for an injury to occur?

Believe it or not, 5 miles per hour is sufficient to cause injury. A heavy car conveys a large amount of force to the body, even after its crumple zone absorbs much of that force.

What causes whiplash?

Whiplash occurs when your car and upper body reach a sudden stop, but your head doesn't -- instead, it "whips" back and forth on your neck., and its weight causes torn neck muscles, vertebral misalignment, herniated discs and nerve impingement.

What are the telltale signs of whiplash?

Whiplash can cause far more than just neck pain and stiffness. Cervical misalignments and pinched nerves can also leave you with headaches, migraines, dizzy spells, arm/hand pain or weakness, nausea, mental disorientation, depression, ringing in the ears and vision problems.

My leg is hurting. What did I do to it?

If the leg isn't actually injured, then you may be suffering from sciatica. Sciatica is an impingement of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the base of the spine through the leg. A jolt to the lumbar vertebrae may have caused a disc to herniate onto the sciatic nerve roots.

How can a shoulder harness affect my injuries?

You should wear your shoulder harness for safety reasons. But the same device that may save your life also restrains only one half of your body, allowing other half to fly forward. The resulting twisting motion can cause painful back injuries.

Why should I see your Oklahoma City chiropractor if I'm not showing symptoms?

You can't always depend on what your body is telling in the immediate aftermath of an auto accident. Stress and adrenaline can delay your symptoms for quite some time, permitting the injury to get significantly worse. An immediate spinal evaluation is always the smart move to make.

How does chiropractic treatment figure into auto injury care?

We start with the spinal evaluation so we can identify your injuries in detail. Dr. Sweeney can then use chiropractic adjustment to correct any accident-related misalignment in your neck or back. Chiropractic adjustment can restore your normal spinal alignment, relieve nerve pressure and help stiff joints regain mobility.

What other forms of auto injury care do you provide?

Our Oklahoma city chiropractor may prescribe massage therapy to relieve pain and promote healing in injured soft tissues. We may also recommend specific corrective exercises to help you rebuild injured muscles and ensure that you regain full range of motion.

Auto Injury Care for Oklahoma City and Midwest City

We've got the rest of your answers right here at Sweeney Chiropractic Clinic. Call (405) 672-4800 for auto injury care in Oklahoma City and Midwest City!

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