Despite advancements in motor vehicle safety and updated traffic laws, car accidents are responsible for a large number of injuries and fatalities across the country. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports that there were over 400,000 motor vehicle crashes between 2021 and early 2022. Of those crashes, over 250,000 resulted in injuries and nearly 4,000 resulted in fatalities.
Head and neck injuries commonly occur during car accidents. If you experience pain or stiffness after a car accident, you may have sustained an injury that requires a medical examination.
At Naples Community Injury Center, we provide top-quality treatment for car accident injuries in Naples, Florida. Call our Naples office today at 239-631-5445 or use our online contact form to schedule an appointment.
Treatment for Non-Emergency Car Accident Injuries in Naples
Even seemingly minor injuries should be treated as soon as possible. If you sustained any injuries following a car accident or even a few days after the accident, it is necessary to have a physician examine you.
Your health is important to us. The physicians and medical professionals at Naples Community Injury Center are here to handle your non-emergency car accident injuries.
How Chiropractic Medicine Treats Car Accident Injuries
Chiropractic care after a car accident focuses on getting to the bottom of the cause of your pain and relieving it. It takes a whole-body approach to restore health and wellness that does not leave you reliant on oral medication or injectable pain relief.
Treatments your chiropractor might prescribe include spinal adjustments and physiotherapy.
The Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments After a Car Accident
The creaky, achiness of joints and muscles damaged in a car accident can make every movement, twist, and turn of your body painful. A chiropractic adjustment can help relieve pain and allow you to move freely again.
Chiropractic adjustments manipulate your spine into proper alignment, providing much-needed pain relief. They can include:
- Spinal manipulation. Our chiropractor will use their hands to realign your spine with short, forceful thrusts. They might also use a specialized device to introduce high-velocity, low-amplitude impulses into a targeted area.
- Reflex therapy. Our chiropractor will use reflexology to focus on the tendons and tissues that connect your body and its joints and muscles. Reflex therapy can ease pain by concentrating on strategic pressure points.
By starting with a comprehensive physical exam, we decide on the right treatment protocol for you and the right complementary and at-home treatment options.
The Benefits of Physiotherapy After a Car Accident
Physiotherapy—the study of how the body moves—can offer many beneficial treatments for the victims of car accidents. Musculoskeletal physiotherapy effectively treats muscle and joint pain caused by fractures, muscle sprains, and strains.
Neurological and rehabilitation physiotherapy treats spinal cord and nervous system damage. Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy focuses on relieving chest injuries that damage the cardiovascular or respiratory system.
Treatment options include:
- Massage therapy to alleviate muscle tension and nerve compression
- Resistance training to alleviate many types of pain and strengthen weakened muscles
- Electrical stimulation (ES) to treat the pain of wounds sustained in a car accident
- Spinal manipulation to treat painful back, shoulder, and joint damage
- Gait training to increase mobility and retrain your leg muscles
- Muscle energy techniques (MET) to increase mobility, stamina, and range of motion
Physiotherapy, sometimes called physical therapy, treats joint pain, sore and damaged muscles, and muscle pain. Because no two people experience pain identically or recover from its cause identically, your treatment plan will be highly customized.
The type of physiotherapy prescribed for you will vary according to your injury. Your chiropractor will select one or more treatments from which you may benefit. Your treatments will also vary or change completely as your injuries improve and you start feeling better and regaining control of your body and your life.
Five-Star Reviews From Previous Car Accident Patients
No one can clarify the benefits of working with our healthcare team like the patients we have already helped with chiropractic care. Our previous patients say:
- Philip Rich: “I loved going to this place for both physical therapy and chiropractic…I went to them for 3 months after a car accident, immediately they went to work on my back and shoulders…they relieved the pain to such an extent I could function in everyday life.”
- Tara Fackler: “My daughter and I received [care] after our major accident…NCIC were comforting and helped us heal and get through to a quick recovery. I would highly recommend them and if I ever need services, they without a doubt will be my first choice!!!”
Read additional accolades from previous clients on our testimonials page and see what it means to receive individualized medical care and be treated like a person, not a case file.
Common Types of Car Accident Injuries
A variety of injuries can result from a car accident. Almost all car accident victims will experience minor injuries like bruising, but some can result in more serious injuries. The most commonly injured areas include the head, neck, back, joints (such as the ankles and wrists), hands, and feet.
Pain, swelling, numbness, and stiffness felt in these areas can be a cause for concern. Any decreased range of motion or abnormal sensations can be an indicator that you are experiencing a serious injury. These symptoms can be a result of:
- Soft tissue injuries (injuries to the muscles, ligaments, or tendons)
- Lacerations (cuts)
- Broken or fractured bones
- Bruised ribs
- Sprained joints
- Spinal cord injuries
- Herniated discs
Whiplash is caused by a sudden, rapid movement of the neck which is usually seen in many rear-end accidents. The muscles in the neck are stretched beyond their normal capabilities very quickly which can cause stiffness, soreness, and sometimes long-term conditions. Whiplash can often go away on its own, but sometimes it can cause chronic neck pain and other long-term difficulties.
Symptoms of a Serious Car Accident Injury
The symptoms experienced after sustaining a car accident injury can vary depending on the nature of the injury. However, some of the more common injuries associated with victims of car accidents are:
- Discomfort between the shoulder blades, rib cage, or lower back
- Numbness or tingling in the arms, legs, or buttocks
- Headache or migraines
- Stiffness and difficulty moving the neck or back
Some Car Accident Injuries Can Take Days to Become Noticeable
Obvious injuries such as broken bones, dislocations, and lacerations are apparent almost immediately after a car accident. However, some injuries may not be noticeable for a few days or weeks. The adrenaline you experience during a car accident can prevent you from feeling the effects of an injury. Later, when it wears off, you may start to notice signs in your body that something is wrong.
Whether you feel fine or not, you should always be examined by a medical professional following a car accident, and in the days immediately afterward, you should assess whether you are developing any health issues. Headaches, back pain, and whiplash can take a few days to manifest. As soon as you are aware of a problem, you should seek medical care.
What If I Feel Fine After a Car Accident?
Seek medical attention, even if you do not immediately notice symptoms of an injury. Though you may feel fine and do not want to deal with the hassle of visiting the doctor, you may be better off in the long run if you do.
A rush of adrenaline, as described by Cleveland Clinic research, can lead to an instinctive, fight-or-flight response to sudden trauma or fear. Rather than taking the pain of an injury away, an adrenaline rush can temporarily mask that pain.
If you were involved in a car accident, let a healthcare professional assess your condition. They may be able to identify soft tissue injuries, internal bleeding, and other injuries and ailments that could result from a car accident and should receive prompt treatment.
In addition, if your accident was caused by another driver’s negligence, you need accurate medical records, assessments of your injuries, and a breakdown of the cost of your medical care.
How Serious Can My Car Accident Injuries Be?
The severity of an injury after a motor vehicle accident can vary. For example, whether someone was wearing a seatbelt, what direction they were facing during the collision, and how fast the car was going at the time of the accident can all determine the outcome of possible injuries.
Most injuries fall into one of two categories: impact injuries or penetrating injuries. As the name suggests, impact injuries are the result of a person’s body hitting or being hit by something. This usually results in bruising, whiplash, and most back, head, and neck injuries. Impact injuries can take a few days to be noticeable in some cases, as they are not outwardly visible.
Penetrating injuries are typically seen as cuts or lacerations stemming from an object piercing (or “penetrating”) the body. These injuries are typically caused by shattered glass or by loose objects flying around inside the car.
No matter what type of injury you may have sustained, our physicians at Naples Community Injury Center are equipped to diagnose and treat your condition.
Determining Car Accident Injuries During a Medical Examination
Diagnosis can require methods of examination like symptom assessment or physical examination. For injuries that cannot be seen with the naked eye, imaging exams can help identify the extent of an injury and determine a doctor’s most effective course of action. These can include:
- CT Scans
Our team at Naples Community Injury Center includes experienced medical specialists who can diagnose and treat your accident injuries. We can treat everything from minor injuries like cuts, scrapes, and bruises to major conditions requiring the expertise of our neurosurgeon. Your custom treatment plan may include a combination of physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and medicine to treat and care for your injuries. Your physician can help plan out your treatment with you during your visit.
Get Top-Rated Care for Car Accident Injuries in Naples
If you were recently involved in a car accident, do not hesitate to seek medical treatment and examination. Only a doctor can determine the severity and extent of your injuries.
Call us at 239-631-5445 or use our online contact form to schedule an appointment at our office in Naples. Our team of medical professionals at Naples Community Injury Center is standing by, ready to help. We are dedicated to providing you with the best care possible for car accident injuries in Naples.