Phone: 712-732-3349 - Redenbaugh Chiropractic: 800 Oneida St, Suite B Storm Lake Iowa 50588

How do auto accidents cause trauma to your spine?

How do auto accidents cause trauma to your spine?

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Every year in Iowa thousands of people are injured and suffer trauma due to auto accidents. Thousands of pounds in steel are forced together in a collision. Occupants inside the vehicles are subjected to extreme physical forces. These forces, when applied to the body, can cause tissue damage and malformation. Most commonly, cervical ligaments are damaged.

Your head is approximately the weight of a bowling ball at 16 pounds. Your cervical bones, muscles and ligaments support your head 

as a free standing structure atop your shoulders. In a motor vehicle collision the head can suffer trauma by being forced into stressful positions that compromise the structures supporting your head. Ligaments designed to attach and support your muscles get torn from the strain placed upon them in the collision. Think of ligaments in your neck as flat rubber bands. If they are stretched too far, they can become malformed or even torn. These “loose” ligaments then allow for more movement of the bones than originally designed. When the bones in your neck move more than designed this can cause deterioration of the joints, known as arthritis.

Unfortunately, many accident victims are never made aware of the ligament damage they suffer from because they were never screened and evaluated for such a problem. Certain diagnostic x-rays must be taken in order to evaluate ligament damage in he cervical spine. Once those x-rays are taken the images must further be evaluated by a radiologist who is skilled in using computerized software. This software provides objective and reproducible diagnostic information that quantifies the damage to your cervical spine. When damaged ligaments are measured this provides your treating doctor with the information they need to help you fully recover from your injuries.

Dr. Tim Redenbaugh, of Redenbaugh Chiropractic, uses x-ray diagnostic services that measure the ligament damage you may have suffered in a motor vehicle collision. Give Dr. Redenbaugh a call, and find out if you suffer with ligament damage after your car accident.

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Phone: 712-732-3349 - Redenbaugh Chiropractic: 800 Oneida St, Suite B Storm Lake Iowa 50588