Sciatica motor vehicle crash. After an automobile crash/accident, symptoms of pain and discomfort can immediately follow the force of impact, indicating an injury. Many injuries and symptoms appear right away, like:
- Pain from high-impact trauma and cuts.
- Bone fractures.
- Neck whiplash.
- Back pain.
The sciatic nerve is the largest in the body, and any damage can cause pain in one or both sides of the body. Pressure and compression on the nerves, ligaments, and muscles accompanied by weakness or numbness in the lower back, legs, or feet could cause delayed sciatica symptoms hours, days, even weeks later. It is critical to meet with a doctor and auto accident chiropractor after any type of accident, large or small, to develop a thorough personalized treatment plan.
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Sciatica Motor Vehicle Crash
Sciatica can be brought on by a pinched nerve, which is often the result of the spine shifting out of place, causing herniation and compression on the sciatic nerve. The trauma from a motor vehicle accident can cause the spinal discs to be knocked out of place, rupture, and leak out, irritating the surrounding tissue and nerve endings. Back injuries are among the most common forms of damage/injury resulting from a motor vehicle accident/crash that can lead to sciatica. Broken and/or fractured vertebral, hip, or pelvis bone fragments can compress the sciatic nerve. Even when the initial result of the impact does not result in sciatica, over time, an untreated back injury could lead to sciatica symptoms.
Motor vehicle crashes often activate or aggravate pre-existing conditions like asymptomatic degenerative disc disease, affecting the sciatic nerve causing discomfort and pain. Common symptoms include:
- Mild discomfort or achiness.
- Tingling sensations from the lower back and down the back of the leg.
- Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg and foot.
- Inability to bend the foot upward at the ankle- known as foot drop.
- Constant pain in one side of the buttocks or leg.
- Sharp pain that makes it difficult to stand up and walk
- Difficulty sitting.
- Burning or tingling in one leg can worsen when sitting.
- Intense pain.
- Sharp burning and/or what feels like shooting electricity pain.
A spine doctor and chiropractor will use diagnostic imaging tools like X-rays, and CT scans to see the scope of the injured area.
- An X-ray will show a detailed image of the spine and affected bones in the area.
- A CT scan will include a 3D image that shows the surrounding musculature, tissues, and nerves that could be damaged/injured.
The doctor and chiropractor will then develop an appropriate and personalized treatment plan that could utilize various methods and techniques.
- Chiropractic is commonly the first treatment to realign the spine and relieve pressure on the nerve.
- A pain management specialist or physical therapist will be brought in for rehabilitation/recovery as adjustments progress.
- Orthopedists and neurologists may be brought in for less conservative treatment in more severe cases, including surgical options.
- Other treatments can include steroid injections or anti-inflammatory medicines to relieve nerve pressure.
Injury Rehabilitation Phase
Current in-clinic methods of measuring the composition of an injured body are indirect, while medically advanced techniques limit the frequency of testing. InBody provides cost-effective, comprehensive, and timely measurements that identify areas of weakness from damage, injury, or recent surgery and develop a customized rehabilitation program to improve functional status.
During the rehabilitation phase, increased sedentary behavior and/or immobilization causes muscle loss in the injured or operated region. By independently evaluating lean mass in each segment of the arms, legs, and torso, a chiropractor or physical therapist gathers baseline information on the body segments with restricted mobility.
InBody can help provide further insight into an individual’s body composition to analyze long-term health risks and develop a personalized exercise intervention to improve overall health and reduce health risks. This provides beneficial information for identifying potential imbalances related to muscle loss post-injury/surgery that can be targeted and improved. Identifying these imbalances allows the therapists to increase functional fitness and mobility, helping the individual reduce the risk of re-injury or new injuries.
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