SARASOTA, Fla., Aug. 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Sarasota
chiropractor seeks to warn the public about the potential injuries
caused by auto accidents, as well as the urgent need for immediate
evaluation and treatment. Dr. Abe Kozma, DC of Sarasota Chiropractic,
Physical Therapy & Massage states that automotive impacts can create
serious musculoskeletal and nerve problems which only worsen the longer
they go untreated.
Sarasota chiropractor Dr. Abe Kozma, DC is warning people to get
immediate care following a car accident. “Even when people walk away
from these accidents without a visible scratch, a thorough chiropractic
examination should be performed to look for pinched nerves, herniated
discs, and spinal misalignments,” he said.
The practitioner explains that even when car accidents occur at very
low speeds, airbags, seatbelts and shoulder harnesses can’t prevent all
injuries. These same safety devices, he adds, can contribute to the
injuries sustained even as they save occupants’ lives. “Belts hold the
body onto the seat while the neck and head go flying forward, adding to
the risk of whiplash when the head rebounds back again,” he said. Dr.
Kozma cites torn muscles, strained connective tissues, cervical
misalignments, cervical disc herniation, and pinched nerves as common
injuries associated with whiplash. These injuries, he adds, can
conspire to cause headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, neck pain, and
tingling in the hands or arms.
Dr. Kozma is quick to point out that whiplash is not the only kind of
damage suffered in auto accidents. He notes that similar kinds of
nerve, disc and soft tissue damage can occur lower in the spinal
column, especially if the shoulder harness promotes a twisting of the
spine during the impact. He states that such an injury may cause back
pain, leg or buttock pain, and tingling or numbness in the feet.
The chiropractor stresses, however, that not all auto accident injuries
display symptoms on impact. “The damage done may not cause pain right
away — and this is actually a problem, because pain is what alerts
people to the fact that they’ve been hurt and need care,” he said. Over
time, explains Dr. Kozma, the body may try to protect injured muscles
by covering them in abnormal scar tissue known as adhesions. These
adhesions inhibit both proper healing and pain-free motion.
Dr. Kozma advises anyone who has experienced an auto accident to get
evaluated immediately for spinal, nerve, or soft tissue damage. He
notes that chiropractic evaluations can detect even small spinal
problems before complications set in. “We use natural healing methods
such as adjustment, acupuncture, and massage therapy to correct
imbalances, relieve pain, and set the stage for successful
rehabilitation and healing,” he emphasized.
In addition to the treatment of car accident injuries, Sarasota
Chiropractic, Physical Therapy & Massage also provides sports injury
treatment, preventative wellness care, and pain management services.