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How a Low-Impact Auto Accident Affects the Body

Woman after car wreckA rush-hour fender bender. A low-speed parking lot collision. These types of incidents happen every day. Many people mistakenly believe that if they’re traveling at a low speed, then their body hasn’t experienced trauma.

That’s not true.

A study came out many years ago that whiplash can happen as low as 5 miles per hour. No matter how trivial or minimal the accident seems there’s no downside to getting yourself checked out. We want to make sure everything is where it belongs and that you can function at your optimal. It’s always better to be seen sooner rather than later.

Passengers Absorb the Energy of the Impact

Some people also believe that if their car didn’t sustain any damage then they didn’t either. Again, untrue. If the car is not damaged something has to absorb that energy, which is the passengers.

The force that both your vehicle and body absorb while driving along the road is known as kinetic energy. Your vehicle has been carefully built to displace the kinetic energy that occurs during an accident. However, no matter what type of car you have, your body will still absorb some of the impact.

Everything in your body can be affected. Those ligaments run the whole length of the spine from the top of the neck to the base of the low back. It all will get jostled around.

Whiplash and Other Sprains/Strains

In a fender bender, your head is going to go too far forward and too far back. You have ligaments in the front of the spine and the back of the spine. Those ligaments are like rubber bands. If you stretch them too far in one direction and immediately too far in the other the ligaments won’t be as tight as they were in the beginning before that accident. Whiplash is a sprain/strain type of injury. It’s something we successfully treat every day.

Even if you were involved in a low-speed accident, it’s important to get checked.

Give us a call today to schedule an appointment!

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