Millions of people are injured in automobile accidents each year. Auto accidents are classified as either low velocity (below 10 mph) or high velocity (above 10 mph). In low velocity accidents, the injuries usually result from the rapid movement of the body during the crash. Common low-velocity injuries include whiplash and muscle strains/sprains. The onset of these type of symptoms can often be delayed.
More serious injuries typically occur in high speed collisions due to the fact the victim often experiences a second impact, hitting an object in the vehicle such as the airbag, dashboard or even the windshield.
Typical symptoms that may result are:
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Numbness or Tingling
- Anxiety or Fear of driving
- Irritability or Sleeplessness
Back and neck pain from a car accident can not only be agonizing, but it can be traumatizing as well if not treated properly. That is why we provide our patients who have suffered from a recent auto accident with the most thorough therapies offered by our licensed professional staff.
Accident Facts You May Not Have Known
- Threshold for cervical spine soft tissue injury is 5 mph
- Most injuries occur at speeds below 12 mph
- A 5 mph delta V crash typically produces 10-12 g of acceleration of the victims head
- Other studies show that most rear impact injuries occur at speeds of 6 mph to 12 mph (majority below threshold for property damage to vehicle)
- Delayed onset of symptoms has shown to be more common
- Millions of Americans are injured in whiplash accidents each year