Injuries to your back, neck, or head can affect your spinal cord, which is protected by your vertebrae and runs from the base of your brain to your lower back. The spinal cord transmits information between the brain and the nervous system, controlling your physical movement and sensory functions that register heat, cold, pleasure, and pain. That's why spinal cord injuries are so serious, and why you need to see someone to treat your injuries after a Twin Cities car accident.
Car Crash Spinal Cord Injuries
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, spinal cord injuries in the U.S. result most frequently from vehicle crashes, especially those involving:
- Seatbelt malfunctions
- Defective equipment
- Rollover or underride/override damage
Seek Medical Attention First, Legal Help Second
The symptoms of spinal cord injury include:
- Extreme pain
- Numbness/tingling in extremities
- Bowel/bladder issues
- Loss of sexual function
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of muscle control
- Loss of feeling
Even if you don’t have any symptoms of spinal injury right after your accident, you should seek medical attention. Some injuries aren’t immediately apparent and can be detected only by a car accident doctor’s exam and X-rays. If the spinal cord is torn/stretched by whiplash or pinched by misaligned vertebrae or herniated discs, you’re likely to suffer extreme pain very soon, and your ability to move and/or feel anything below the point of spinal damage could be compromised.
Are you worried about being prescribed synthetic medication just to mask your pain? A car accident chiropractor can treat the source of your pain with natural techniques that work in conjunction with the body’s healing power:
- Spinal manipulation
- Electrical stimulation
- Ultrasound techniques
Your Insurance Claim
Seeing a doctor right away also documents the injuries you’ve suffered in the crash. This documentation is vital to the insurance claim you’ll file for damages, including medical expenses, with your own insurance company since Minnesota is a no-fault state.
Because spinal cord injuries can lead to such high medical bills and have an impact on your life for so long, you need a car accident attorney who will fight to get you fair compensation if your insurance company disputes or denies your claim. It’s also possible that your medical expenses could exceed your insurance policy’s coverage limits, in which case your lawyer can help you seek compensation from other sources.
Have You Suffered a Spinal Cord Injury in a Twin Cities Car Accident?
Our car accident chriopractor should be able to relieve you pain from spinal cord injuries. However, if your injuries fall outside of the scope of what we can treat, our free referral service will find the best local doctor to treat your injuries, as well as an experienced, local car accident lawyer to help you get fair compensation for damages. Contact us online or call 763-251-PAIN for a free consultation. Just one call puts you two steps closer to justice.