In 2016, Australia’s Transport Accident Commission launched a brilliant public safety campaign. It is called Project Graham, and it lets you explore a detailed 3D model of the ideal human body – for surviving a low-impact car accident.

“Graham,” the model, is grotesque, with no neck, a head like a 5-gallon jug, and airbags built into his sternum. Don’t look if you’re squeamish. Just know that the point of Project Graham isn’t to advise people to grow 6-inch thick skulls. It’s a freaky yet memorable lesson in the fragility of a normal human body during a car accident.

Car Accidents Cause Physical Trauma

You’re already familiar with the worst types of car accident injuries. Let’s not dwell on them. Let’s instead focus on the subtler ones: invisible to the naked eye, and not necessarily debilitating but agonizing nevertheless. These are injuries like:

  • Whiplash – When a normal-sized human neck jerks back and forth quickly, it can become sprained or otherwise injured. Whiplash symptoms commonly include pain, stiffness, headaches, and loss of range of motion.

  • Strained Spine – Five vertebrae comprise the lumbar region of the lower spine. These vertebrae and their interconnected muscles and tendons are especially vulnerable to injury during car accidents. Low back pain is the obvious result of a lower back injury. Swelling and loss of mobility are also typical symptoms.

  • Broken Bones – At 40 mph, a 185-pound person wearing a seatbelt would endure an impact force of approximately 67,080 newtons (N). It takes only about 4,000 N to break a femur. A rib, 3,300 N. A wrist or forearm can break at forces exceeding 1,000 N, and fracture under significantly less.

Chiropractors Treat Car Accident Injuries

Many car accident injuries require immediate hospitalization. Once you have received emergency medical care – or made sure that you don’t need it – consider going to a car accident chiropractor. They specialize in treating invisible yet aggravating injuries like whiplash and strained lower back. If you have suffered a broken bone or other serious injury, a chiropractor can also help you achieve a faster and fuller recovery.

Even if you feel just fine after an accident, it’s still a good idea to visit a chiropractor to get checked over. They can detect and treat small injuries before they develop into ones you’re certain to feel.

Why is chiropractic care so well suited for treating car accident injuries? Because it treats them in more ways than one.

  • Inflammation Reduction – Pain, swelling, and the potential to cause chronic illness. Inflammation is a nasty reaction to acute injury for a number of reasons. It is caused by the production of neuropeptides and cytokines – both substances that are reduced in response to chiropractic adjustment.

  • Scar Tissue Reduction – When a muscle is injured and doesn’t heal properly, it undergoes fibrosis. The resulting scar tissue prevents the muscle from regenerating, which causes weakness and increases the risk of future injury. Chiropractic specifically targets and breaks down fibrous tissue so muscles can heal naturally.

  • Joint Realignment – When an acute injury affects the spine, it can cause one or more subluxations – i.e. partial dislocations of spinal joints. Subluxation symptoms often include pain, swelling, limited mobility, and feelings of instability. Spinal adjustment was specifically developed to mend subluxations, and has the added advantage of improving overall functionality of the central nervous system at the same time.

Is Chiropractic Safe for Car Accident Injuries?

One of the greatest strengths of chiropractic care is that it is safe for virtually all patients. It is safe if you are pregnant. It is safe if you are a baby. It is safe if you are 100 years old.

If you’re recovering from a car accident injury, chiropractic will not cause you further harm. Quite the contrary, as it is a field of medicine which has been extensively developed to address the very same injuries car accident victims most frequently deal with. Next to sports, motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common causes of spinal injuries treated by chiropractors.

Whether you’re not sure if you have whiplash or you’re overcoming multiple serious fractures, we welcome you to contact Fargo Spine today. Our chiropractors in Fargo, ND have already helped many car accident victims achieve faster, healthier and fuller recoveries.