Acupuncture & Motor Vehicle Accidents

It happens without warning. One minute you are driving along, and the next you are in a motor vehicle accident.Whether it is a minor fender-bender or a more serious collision, you could be left with pain and discomfort.Seeking care right away can make a major difference in your recovery and reduce the chances of long-term health problems. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offer a safe, effective way to treat your health concerns and optimize your well-being after an automobile accident.

Common injuries after an accident
There are a variety of injuries that can occur after a motor vehicle accident. Some injuries and symptoms may appear immediately, others may take hours or sometimes days to appear. Being in an auto accident is not something to take lightly.

 Below are common injuries that can occur:

Low Velocity Injuries—Usually occur when you are driving under 10 mph, or if you are hit by another vehicle that is traveling 10 mph or less. These injuries usually cause muscle strain or seat belt bruises. Other symptoms may be delayed, but pain and stiffness may occur within 12-36 hours after the impact.

High Velocity Injuries-These injuries are sustained when your vehicle or another vehicle is traveling over 10 mph. Often times, injuries usually result from the body hitting objects in the car, such as the dashboard, window or the steering wheel. Common problems resulting from this kind of impact include head, shoulder or knee trauma; a variety of contusions, wrist fractures, neck sprains and concussions.

Traumatic Cervical Syndrome (Whiplash)-This type of injury occurs when the neck is forced into rapid movements faster than what your bones, ligaments and muscles can accommodate. This injury is usually referred to as whiplash, which is a non-medical term for a strain or a sprain of the neck caused by sudden movement. Even a seemingly minor accident can cause soft-tissue and musculo-skeletal injuries such as whiplash.

Whiplash Symptoms include:

  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Back pain
  • Pain in your shoulders or arms

Other symptoms can include memory loss, poor concentration, nervousness and irritability, sleeplessness or fatigue.