Car Accident Injury Specialists for Puyallup / Graham
If you have recently been in a car accident, our goal is to get you your life back as quickly as possible. Doctors Nordquist and Schultz understand just how frustrating the aftermath of experiencing a car accident can be. Besides the headache of car repairs, insurance concerns and medical costs, the pain and suffering from your injuries are trying to slow you down. Even if you've been in an accident and are not experiencing any aches and pains - it is still highly recommended that you get checked as soon as possible. Sometimes auto injuries have a delayed onset of symptoms of up to a few weeks. The sooner you start care, the quicker the recovery.
Anatomy of a Car Accident Injury
Considering its role as the main structural support of the human body, the spine can prove surprisingly fragile in the event of an auto accident. Its vulnerability stems from the fact that it consists of a group of vertebrae articulated by small joints called facet joints and cushioned by delicate, gelatinous discs. This structure allows for a wide range of motion but also invites the possibility of injury at several points along the spinal column.
The neck or lowest part of the back often suffers the worst damage in a car accident injury. The cervical vertebrae must support the entire weight of your head, and when a sudden collision or other jolt forces your head violently forward and back again, a condition called whiplash often results. Whiplash, characterized by spinal misalignment, bulging discs and strained, torn muscles, can leave you with agonizing neck pain, back pain and stiffness.
If you wear a shoulder harness, your body may twist unnaturally as the collision force throws you around. This twisting action may force a part of your spinal column out of alignment. The discs between vertebrae may then either bulge out of their normal position or herniate as their delicate exterior lining tears. Damaged discs can press painfully against the large nerve roots that extend from your spine and send sensation to the rest of the body. Herniated discs can also allow your vertebrae to compress together without their normal degree of cushioning, leading to severe neck pain and back pain.
What if you walk away from an auto accident with no apparent injury at all? You need to get checked anyway! As strange as it may sound, you may not feel any pain of other symptoms of spinal damage for weeks or months after your accident. But by the time your symptoms finally appear, scar tissue has already built up in the area, making healing and pain relief that much more difficult to achieve.