Chiropractic care is effective for treating car accident injuries like whiplash without surgery or drugs.
There are many decisions to be made following a car accident. Some people struggle with the decision of whether or not to receive care because they are concerned about costs. Others “feel fine” when they walk away after impact. Yes, it can be difficult to make an insightful decision when you’re still reeling from such an unexpected and adrenaline-inducing event. However, failing to treat injuries promptly can have a negative lifelong impact on how your body feels and performs. Let’s talk about being smart about taking care of yourself following a car accident.
What You Might Not Know About Injuries From Car Accidents
Not every injury caused by an accident is obvious right away. In fact, it’s not uncommon for someone who has just been in a car accident to brush off their shoulders and walk away. Unfortunately, a lack of symptoms does not indicate a lack of injuries. Many injuries are not obvious right away. For instance, whiplash can actually take a while to manifest. Whiplash can be a brutal thing to live with once it does show up.
How Can You Know If You Have Whiplash?
Whiplash symptoms can show up anywhere from a few seconds to a few days following a car accident. This condition doesn’t manifest identically in all people. Here’s a rundown of what you might experience:
- Impaired or blurred vision.
- Shoulder pains.
- Pain and stiffness in your back and neck.
One big misconception is that you should wait until you’re in extreme pain from whiplash before seeking treatment. Unfortunately, even patients who do receive care from a general or emergency practitioner are often never properly diagnosed with whiplash. That’s because this condition is very difficult to detect apart from the symptoms that are experienced by the patient. If you’ve experienced whiplash, the ligaments and tendons in the impacted area actually tore apart partially during the sudden “whipping” movement that occurred during your accident. The tears are so fine that they cannot be picked up on an X-ray.
While whiplash is the most common injury associated with car accidents, it’s not the only danger. Your spine can endure a number of injuries during the impact of a crash. Even a low-impact crash that occurs at a slow speed can generate a serious spine injury. Some of the common injuries that present following car accidents are herniated discs, slipped discs, soft-tissue sprains and fractured ribs. It’s also possible that you will experience chest pain caused by the impact of a seat-belt or airbag injury during your car accident.
Many Symptoms Can Stem From One Accident
The truth is that you may experience a wide range of symptoms stemming from injuries that were sustained during a car accident. These symptoms can radiate from various parts of the body. Here’s a look at some of the telltale signs that your body needs an intervention:
- Tingling in any part of your body.
- Soreness and tenderness.
- Hard scar tissue.
- Full-body pain.
- Movement problems and stiffness.
- Lack of motion in the neck.
- Restricted movement in the head, neck, limbs, extremities or torso.
- Intermittent or consistent vision problems.
- Arm pain.
- Shoulder pain.
Yes, even symptoms that appear cognitive could be the result of something being injured or misaligned during the impact of your accident. There’s no need to feel discouraged if you’re having trouble “getting back to normal” following an auto accident. Many post-accident patients find success with chiropractic care. Let’s discuss why a non-surgical, noninvasive approach to care can get you on the path to healing.
Why Chiropractic Care Treats Accident Injuries Effectively
Many people decline care following a car accident because they assume that the pain will “wear off” after a while. Unfortunately, the pain that shows up following an accident may be the impetus of a chronic condition. What’s more, you may actually continue to injure the impacted area over and over again if you don’t change your patterns of movement.
Unfortunately, most mainstream care options for car accident injuries involve invasive, risky surgeries that don’t come with guarantees that you’ll actually feel better. It’s not uncommon for one surgery to lead to several more surgeries. You may also be looking for an alternative treatment for a car accident injury because you don’t want to go on a pain medication that can have negative long-term and short-term side effects. Nobody can blame you. Let’s discuss how chiropractic care may be able to help you without the need for drastic or invasive measures.
It Reduces Inflammation
A lot of the pain and loss of movement that people experience following car accidents is owed to inflammation. Chiropractic adjustments are especially effective for tackling pain caused by inflammation because they reduce pressure that is weighing on your nerves. Our office uses adjustments that allow your body to activate and use its own anti-inflammation chemicals. This can be done through a number of therapies and exercises that are designed to target inflammation in specific parts of the body.
It Addresses Scar Tissue
Scar tissue is frequently ignored as an underlying cause of pain and stiffness. At our office, we recognize the importance of breaking up scar tissue. We can incorporate methods that involve massage and other soothing approaches to breaking down scar tissue and fibers that are creating discomfort and stiffness in your body.
It Relieves Pain and Restores Mobility
Chiropractic care often speeds up the healing time for soft-tissue injuries. That means that you’ll get relief from pain much sooner. You’re also likely to experience a return of full mobility much sooner than if you simply took the “waiting” approach to healing. Restoring your range of motion as quickly as possible is important because failing to do so could allow scar tissue to build up inside your body.
It Reduces the Threat of Long-Term Pain and Mobility Loss
Yes, it’s true that most patients walk away from a session with a chiropractor feeling full of vitality. An adjustment session does often provide immediate results. However, it’s the long-term impact of getting everything aligned that really brings the biggest benefit. Seeking chiropractic care as quickly as possible following an accident can help you to avoid long-term conditions that could linger and grow in severity in the years to come. You’re really saving yourself from a lot of pain and expense when you receive treatment right away.
It Treats “Silent” Injuries
A life-changing injury like whiplash is invisible. The fact that symptoms of whiplash are often delayed makes this an especially problematic injury. Chiropractic care is so important during the days following a car accident because you may be able to get ahead of the problem. Yes, it’s a good idea to have preemptive chiropractic care even if you don’t believe you have whiplash. This can help you to heal before the onset of serious symptoms.
Do You Need Help Healing From a Car Accident?
You may be at a very important decision point if you’ve recently been involved in an accident. Chiropractic care is a path that will allow you to treat injuries holistically without the need for drugs or serious surgeries. Our office provides care and resources designed specially for post-accident patients. We can also assist you with creating proper documentation regarding your injuries and care for insurance or litigation purposes. Please reach out today to learn more about how you can get on the path the healing and wellness.