Consider this scenario: Mrs. Smith comes to a chiropractor’s office after a car accident because she has sustained minor injuries from whiplash. She was driving her kids to swimming lessons. While taking notes and asking questions about the incident, the chiropractor asks, “How are the kids?” She responds, “Oh, they’re fine. They don’t have any issues at all.”
In this situation, it is hard to imagine that a forceful rear-end collision harmed Mrs. Smith’s grown and fully developed body, but not her children’s bodies.
Pay Attention to Discrete Signs of Pain
Young passengers involved in an accident frequently suffer from injuries without portraying any overt symptoms. Pain often goes unnoticed because children don’t complain of pain, or because they simply can’t communicate their feelings to an adult. Regardless of the reason, pain in children after vehicle accidents often goes overlooked. Pay attention to these signs of injury:
- Abnormal fatigue
- Frequent headaches
- Neck pain
- Restricted motion
If your child has recently been a victim of an accident, document any abnormal behaviors or complaints of pain. Documentation can help your chiropractor diagnose and pin point pain to a specific cause and location.
Pain is Progressive
Injuries suffered in an auto accident can cause severe pain and spinal problems in children which may not be evident for weeks or even months. But even worse, children may sustain serious spinal injuries which may require immediate attention. A thorough and careful examination of each child involved in the accident can prevent any progressive problems as well as correct any current issues.
Potential Spinal Damage
Children are susceptible to injuries after a collision due to increased neck flexibility in younger aged children. This fact is due to the different rates of stretch between the spinal column. The spinal column has been proven to have up to 2 inches of stretch before damage occurs. However, the spinal cord which is housed in the spinal column has only one-half inch of stretch before hemorrhage can occur. As a result of these two different structures and stretch rates, young children are much more likely to sustain spinal cord and nerve damage than they are to fracture vertebrae or injure ligaments.
Unfortunately, this is a condition with few noticeable symptoms. So, it is important for all children involved in accidents to be examined by a chiropractor because of these subtle conditions that are gradual in onset but progressive.
Seek Treatment Immediately
As spinal specialists, the chiropractors at Advanced Health Chiropractic and Massage Therapy are trained to provide accurate and thorough examinations if an infant or child has been a victim of a motor vehicle accident. The danger in parents putting off the possibility of injury can result in both short-term and long-term effects. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today! Chiropractic care after an auto incident is urgent and we want to provide you and your children with great treatment options yielding great results to promote your health.