How a Broadside Collision Affects Your Body

Side impact car crashes (a.k.a. "T-bone accidents" or "broadside collisions") tend to have a more devastating effect on the human body than all other types of car accidents, according to researchers at Monash University Accident Research Centre in Melbourne. Even at speeds as low as 18mph, side impact car crashes routinely cause serious injuries to the occupants of the struck car.

We at Grand Oak Healthcare want you to understand how such a collision affects your body and what to do to treat it.

Whiplash, Concussions, and More A Result of Broadside Collisions

Two thirds of broadside collisions cause neck injuries that can lead to chronic pain and even paralysis, and studies show why they’re so common: the human body remains in place for a moment as the car lurches before getting yanked along for the violent ride. This stretches muscles and ligaments beyond their normal range. The sudden movement can injure nerves and discs in the spine, and cause a concussion.

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can cause permanent damage. If left untreated, lingering symptoms may include headaches, fatigue, chronic pain, loss of coordination, depression, anxiety, vertigo, dizziness, epilepsy, blurred vision, eye pain, attention disorders, reading comprehension problems, and continued memory loss. 

To prevent this, get care immediately. The time between concussion and treatment is critical to recovery. We’ll want to see you for follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing. The likelihood of permanent brain damage dramatically increases if a concussion isn’t treated immediately.

As for the rest of your injuries, our chiropractic care strives to restore range of motion and improve your body’s physical function by reducing pain, inflammation, and scar tissue (where applicable), along with restore range of motion. All of this translates to faster, better healing, and getting your life back to normal.

Get the Benefit of Chiropractic at Grand Oak Healthcare

Dr. Giles and his team focus on the effective, evidence-based spinal care that the people of Athens have come to love. We also help patients and their attorneys dealing with personal injury cases, providing the required paperwork to move ahead with insurance claims or legal action.

Have questions or need to schedule an appointment? Give our Athens location a call at (706) 543-2584, our Loganville location at (770) 687-2655, or go online and fill out a contact form. We look forward to helping you.

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