The holidays are a busy and often hectic time, and many families will be piling into the car to drive to Grandma’s house. While family celebrations are worth the drive, it’s important to be safe on the road, especially in Northern Colorado after a few inches of snow have fallen. The number of car accidents always goes up during the holiday season, and if you’ve been in one that’s left you with severe back pain, Colorado Spine Institute (CSI) is here to help. Our orthopedic experts can examine any injury to your spine and recommend the best treatment for a fracture, ruptured disc, or other spinal issue. Above all, we want to give you the best chance at returning to a life that’s free from pain and limited mobility.
Cervical Vertebrae and Whiplash
If you’re involved in a minor car accident, you may not have injured your back, but you may have experienced whiplash, especially if you were hit from behind by the other driver. If you car is struck from behind, your head will move backward while your body moves forward, and this can put extreme pressure on the cervical spine – the vertebrae that supports your neck and head. Your head then snaps forward, which can also cause injury. If you hit someone in front of you or have to slam on your brakes suddenly, the opposite motion will take place – your head moves forward rapidly and then snaps backward once your forward motion is stopped. You may not experience pain at first, but after a few days, you begin to feel soreness in your neck or you may be unable to turn your head or look up or down without pain. You may also feel dizzy at times and have mild to severe headaches on a regular basis. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
A car accident can have a serious effect on your life, and the physical and medical aspects are only part of the equation. A spinal injury can leave you unable to work or provide for your family, and this can seriously impact your quality of life. Our doctors and staff will work with you to find the best treatment and long-term care options, and our goal is always to get you back to the life you had before. However, it’s always important to have realistic expectations and to manage those expectations with a positive outlook. Positivity can go a long way in helping with your recovery process. There could also be lingering physical effects that will require multiple treatments over the course of the next few years, and it’s important to keep up with those treatments so you don’t put your body at risk for a setback or other complications.
If you’re injured on the road this holiday season and experience whiplash or another spinal injury, come to CSI for experienced back pain treatment in Loveland. We will help you understand what your injury is, and how we can manage or relieve your pain.
Colorado Spine Institute
4795 Larimer Parkway
Johnstown, CO 80534
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