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Auto Injuries - Youngstown Spine & Disc
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Auto Injuries

Many people get injured in minor car accidents every year, and when someone gets rear-ended, they may experience some neck and back pain in the near future.  It’s common for people to develop chronic issues as a result of their seemingly minor accident.  These problems are normally dealt with by a doctor because many people don’t think about visiting a chiropractor, however, chiropractic care is the best solution for most people because it doesn’t involve drugs or surgery.  Chiropractic care from Youngstown Spine & Disc not only significantly reduces back pain in many patients, but also enables the majority of patients to return to more active lifestyles.

If you have been injured in an auto accident schedule a free consultation now. Call 330-707-4482.

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In a vehicle accident, your body can be exposed to forces more severe than what a trained fighter pilot experiences, so it’s no wonder injury can occur. In fact, the first head restraints were designed for jet fighter planes to prevent this exact type of injury.


Neck pain can become chronic after a crash if not treated promptly, and we recommend that patients come into our office immediately after an injury.  While you may experience extreme tenderness and swelling, Dr. Ronald Ruscitti can gently work to mobilize the tissues of your neck to prevent scar tissue from forming.

Many patients are surprised to develop back pain after a car crash.  During a crash, your body is subjected to significant stresses and strains and your low back can easily be injured during a collision. Fortunately, chiropractic adjustments are one of the best treatments for back pain.  Dr. Ruscitti and the staff at Youngstown Spine & Disc have helped countless people get out of pain without drugs or surgery.

Whiplash refers to the “whipping” back and forth motion of the neck that often occurs in an auto accident.  This rapid movement occurs within a fraction of a second and can cause significant damage to the soft tissues, joints, and spinal structures in the neck and shoulders.  If your head is not touching the headrest at the time of impact, the headrest is unable to properly protect your neck, and greater injury occurs.  If your head was rotated to the right or left at the time of impact, this also increases the damage that occurs with your whiplash neck injury.


Early treatment of whiplash injuries is important. Scar tissue will form as the injured soft tissues of your body rebuild and repair.  Treatment during the regeneration and remodeling phases of soft tissue healing from whiplash injuries is essential for optimal healing.

Headaches that are caused by a car crash fall into four general categories:

  • Cervicogenic headache, or those that are caused by injury to the cervical spine (neck).
  • Tension headaches, caused by strain or tearing of the neck muscles.
  • Migraine headaches, which can be an indicator for some kind of vascular injury.
  • Brain injury, which can be brought about by severe crashes or direct head trauma.


The course of treatment for your headache after an auto injury will be dependent on what caused the problem in the first place.  The staff at Youngstown Spine & Disc, Inc. are here to help you recover. Give our office a call today at (330) 707-4482 for an appointment.

Using sophisticated testing equipment including an MRI, brain scan and other tests, a neurologist can rule out potential life-threatening conditions such as a brain hemorrhage, brain tumor or brain cancer.  When more serious conditions are ruled out a physician may diagnose your condition as a migraine headache or the doctor may confirm a previous diagnosis.  You are then encouraged to start a program of chiropractic treatment to realign your spine and neck properly in order to seek migraine headache pain relief.


Chiropractic treatments can have the effect of increasing the spacing and realigning the bony vertebrae in your spine that could be compressed from simply sitting long hours behind a desk.  Increasing the spacing can relieve the pressure and pinching of delicate, sensitive nerves that could be referring pain to your head.  Chiropractic treatment also can have the effect of releasing endorphins into your system that could provide temporary relief from your migraine headache, enough relief to perhaps get a good night’s sleep or function properly at work.

If you have a tension headache, you may feel a dull, aching sensation all over your head. It isn’t throbbing.  Tenderness or sensitivity around your neck, forehead, scalp, or shoulder muscles also might occur.  Anyone can get a tension headache, and they’re often triggered by stress. An over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever may be all it takes to relieve your occasional symptoms.  When a tension headache becomes chronic, a different course of action may be suggested to address the underlying headache trigger. Chiropractic relief can be an answer.