Eastside Spine & Injury -  - Chiropractor

Ryan Coogan, DC

Chiropractor located in Kirkland, WA

Car Accidents Specialist

Car accident/whiplash injuries are no laughing matter. They can be extremely painful and cause long-term pain and suffering. At Eastside Spine & Injury, Dr. Ryan Coogan and his staff offer chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy that, when used together, strengthen the body, and hasten the healing process. Washington residents who live near the Kirkland area are encouraged to visit the facility if they’ve experienced a traumatic injury and are suffering from widespread body pain.

Car Accidents Q & A

Why do certain injuries sustained in car accidents show up days after the event?

During a car accident, the body begins to brace for the impact as soon as it perceives a threat or danger. The body's "fight or flight" response kicks in, and an abundance of adrenaline is released. If the muscles are tense or tightened when impact occurs, the adrenaline in the muscles minimizes any discomfort the person feels. Over the next few days, the effects of the excess adrenaline wear off. When this occurs, the muscles begin to feel the pain and discomfort associated with the accident. This is especially true of whiplash, which may not show up for 24 hours or more after an accident.

What’s whiplash and why does it take so long to heal?

Whiplash is an injury to the neck that results from violent jerking back and forth. It can be the result of a car accident, a slip-and-fall accident, or blunt force trauma to the head or neck. The muscles, connective tissues, and the bones in the neck are responsible for protecting the head and allowing it to move freely. The constant motion of the head often prevents the muscles in the neck and shoulders from relaxing. Even though inflammation reduces and blood flows to the area, the tissues in the neck usually heal more slowly than others. While maintaining movement is important for strength and mobility, the neck should remain immobile for as long as possible to allow the tissues to heal properly.

What other injuries can stem from car accidents?

During a car accident, muscles throughout the body can tighten, resulting in strains and sprains as the person tries to control how their body responds to the jolt. The tighter they hold or constrict their muscles, the more damage the accident may cause. Injuries can include back strains, leg strains, joint dislocation, and mild to severe head trauma. While relaxing before impact may help to avoid certain injuries, it can increase the risk of certain others. Because many injuries don't appear for 1 or 2 days after the accident, it’s important to see a chiropractor or other medical professional as soon as possible.


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    "I have been going to Eastside Spine and Injury for a few years now. From the first appointment, I felt instantly at ease and knew I was in good hands."

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    "I am so grateful I am able to drop my provider hat and allow for Eastside Spine & Injury to care for me. I highly recommend this location for your chiropractic needs."

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    "I have been to some of the best Chiropractors living on the Eastside and in Queen Anne & Eastlake in Seattle. Dr. Coogan is by far the best Dr. I've seen."

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Eastside Spine & Injury
11902 97th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone: 425-201-9685
Fax: 425-821-4622
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