According to the NTSB, there are more than 1.7 million rear-end crashes, resulting in 1,700 fatalities and 500,000 injured people, each year.
These types of collisions can take a massive toll on the bodies of those involved as well.
About 1,700 people die in these collisions and another 500,000 are injured.
This makes rear-end collisions one of the most common types of auto accidents in the country.
The most common complaints of rear-end crashes are neck pain, back pain and headaches resulting from the following:
1. Sprain/strains - This is due to damage of a ligament area from the overextension of a joint.
These types of soft tissue injuries can cause immense pain and discomfort in the form of soreness, swelling, bruising, and stiffness and need the immediate attention of a Personal Injury Doctor.
2. Herniated discs - Herniated or bulging discs may occur when the impact causes the spinal disc to protrude or herniate into the canal between the spinal vertebrae. The herniated disc may sit on a spinal nerve causing excruciating pain into the arms or legs.
Keep in mind, a five ton vehicle rear ending another five ton vehicle, at an impact of as little as 5mph, will cause a whiplash injury to the human body, regardless of the damage, if any, to the vehicle.
Technology today is such that most automobiles are designed to absorb an impact up to 10-15mph without sustaining any damage at all nsc.org.
3. Whiplash - Cervical acceleration/deceleration injuries, commonly referred to as whiplash, is a sprain/strain injury which occurs when the neck or spine is violently jerked due to the impact from the accident.
This violent snapping of the neck (the MOST commonly injured area of the spine) or back causes an overstretching or tearing of the spinal ligaments, tendons or muscles, causing mild to severe neck pain, back pain or headaches.
Here is a video that helps detail exactly what happens to the neck and how it affects the vetebral column after you get hit from behind
Spinal joints become restricted and severely limited to turn and move properly. Inflammation and pain is the result.
What Happens to My Body if I Don't Get My Injuries Treated Immediately?
Injuries from rear-end collisions may result in scar tissue formation and permanent loss of normal range of motion.
Over time, progressive wear and tear, or post-traumatic osteoarthritis, may also result causing disc degeneration, joint degeneration and bone spurs.
Proper treatment by a chiropractic professional may prevent the degenerative process.
By restoring normal joint function and decreasing future scar tissue formation, the chiropractor may reduce the future wear and tear of your spine. This is achieved through gentle chiropractic manipulation.
Only a chiropractor is properly trained and licensed to perform this.
According to the Insurance Research Council, nearly 1/3 of all accident
claimants injured in rear end collisions seek treatment from doctors of chiropractic.
Chiropractic care has been proven over and over again to be the most safe and effective treatment for injuries sustained from rear-end collisions.
What Can You Do Next?
If you were injured in a rear-end collision and are seeing any of the above symptoms you need to go see an
accident doctor immediately.
At Car Wreck Doctor, we have a highly sought after team of Personal Injury Doctors and Chiropractors who can help properly diagnose your injuries, get you out of pain and provide full documentation of your injuries in case you need to go to court.
If your body was affected by a rear-end collision click the link below to find a doctor near you.