How A Student Rebounded After Her Car Wreck In Knoxville TN

How A Student Rebounded After Her Car Wreck in Knoxville TN

How A Student Rebounded After Her Car Wreck In Knoxville TN

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Monday: 8:30am - 12:00pm |
3:00pm - 6:30pm
Tuesday: 3:00pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 12:00pm |
3:00pm - 6:30pm
Thursday: 3:00pm - 6:30pm
Friday: 8:30am - 12:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Being in a car wreck is sure to cause stiffness and pain following the accident. Often a car wreck injury in Knoxville TN is accompanied by symptoms such as headaches and spine pain. In some cases, though, the level of pain can disrupt normal daily life even with crashes at low speeds. This was the case for Amy, a student at the University of Tennessee. Amy was involved in what would be considered as a minor fender bender. However, Amy had been suffering from severe headaches, back, and neck pain since the accident that prevented her from attending class, doing homework, working, or having any social life. This is how Amy was able to overcome her pain after her car wreck.


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Amy found us through Facebook, and scheduled an appointment. She knew she could no longer be missing out on school and work due to her pain so she came in the office for examination and treatment.

We conducted a comprehensive spinal exam with Amy and noticed the following findings:

  • Tight, tender muscles of the neck, mid back, and low back
  • Swelling at the junction of the back of the neck and upper back
  • Severely limited range of motion in the neck
  • No neurological findings or red flags
  • Antalgic (altered posture due to pain) to the right side

Here is a short video of functional tests we performed with Amy. These tests are important to consider following a whiplash injury

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After evaluating Amy, we wanted to address some of her primary concerns. Amy went to the Emergency Room following the accident and was prescribed pain medication and muscle relaxers. Amy reported that she did not want to continue taking these meds as they were not helping and were interfering with daily activities. Second, Amy wanted to get back to participating in school before falling too far behind.

Following a motor vehicle accident, the following conditions should be ruled out:

  • Whiplash: A whiplash injury occurs when the body experiences a quick change of speed or direction. In most motor vehicle accidents the car is moving in one direction when an impact occurs that causes the head to move in hyperflexion quickly followed by hyperextension (or vice versa). This often leads to muscle strain and ligament sprain in the tissues of the neck and mid back. This can range from mild stiffness to debilitating pain. These injuries often resolve after 4-6 weeks with no fracture or disc involvement. Muscle restrictions, joint fixations, and movement alterations can be addressed to get faster improvement.
  • Bone Fracture: Motor vehicle accidents are a major cause of bone fractures particularly of the spine. Often fractures will cause severe range of motion restrictions or deep, aching pain. Fractures of the upper spine, compression fractures, and avulsion fractures are not uncommon after a car wreck. Examination and appropriate imaging should be performed as soon as possible.
  • Disc Injury: The intervertebral discs serve as the shock absorbers of the spine. The inner material is similar to jelly in a donut protected by outer fibers. With damage to a disc from either chronic damage or an instant excessive compressive force, the disc can become injured causing a disc bulge or herniation. These are some of the most severe spinal cases often accompanied with pain, numbness, and tingling radiating down the arms or legs.
  • Cervicogenic Headache: A common cause of headaches in fact stems from tension and inflammation in the tissues of the neck. These headaches can be expected after car wrecks, slip and fall, or other neck injuries. Headache symptoms become worse as neck tension and inflammation increases in cases such as excessive deskwork, long drives, or neck injury. Treatment for this type of headache should be focused on treating the underlying cause in the neck, which requires rest and decreasing inflammation.

In Amy's case we ruled out fracture and disc injuries due to examination findings and imaging. It was determined that a whiplash injury at the time of the accident was causing symptoms of neck pain, back pain, and cervicogenic headache. I discussed with Amy our treatment plan. Our goal was to achieve the results desired with chiropractic adjustments, active release technique, and cervical traction. We also prescribed at home exercises. I explained that we could accomplish these results quickly.

With our treatment plan I expected to see headaches reduce in intensity, duration, and number of headaches per week within 1-2 weeks. The neck and back pain and stiffness I expect to dissipate within 1-2 weeks. I explained that I expected this to allow her to return to daily activities within this time frame. Within the following 2-4 weeks the pain and stiffness and headaches were severely reduced to allow Amy to return to full activities without pain.

Here is a short video showing neck treatment in the office and at-home therapy:

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By adhering to our treatment plan and following our at home instructions, Amy was able to return to school, work, exercise, and social life in a few short weeks. She was able to do this without any medication or surgery.

Below is the kind review that Amy left about our office-

"Before going to Rocky Top Chiropractic I was suffering with daily headaches and debilitating pain following my car wreck. Now I am pain free and back to living life. I would recommend anyone get their spine checked today."

Motor vehicle accidents can be the source of a lot of suffering. But they do not have to lead to chronic debilitating painful symptoms. Chiropractic office visits can be so important after a car wreck in ruling out red flags and getting out of pain and back to doing the things you love to do.