A Look at How Chiropractors Treat Injuries Following a Car Accident
Many people research chiropractic treatments for the first time after they’ve been injured in car accidents. It’s true that you don’t need to be injured or in pain to benefit from chiropractic care. However, chiropractic care can be especially beneficial if you’re suffering from pain, discomfort or loss of function following a car accident. Here’s a look at the main objectives of chiropractic care for accident injuries:
- Relieve pain.
- Restore mobility and movement.
- Create long-term healing.
Don’t forget that symptoms that appear cognitive could actually be signs of an underlying soft-tissue injury. This includes things like blurred vision and anxiety. What can make getting a diagnosis difficult is that many tissue injuries are so subtle that they do not appear on X-rays. Yes, it’s important to seek chiropractic care as quickly as possible following an accident. However, you will still find a benefit even if you’re in the position of trying to cope with long-term pain stemming from a car accident. Let’s take a moment to cover some of the specific auto-injury conditions that can be treated through chiropractic care.
What You Might Be Experiencing After a Car Accident
Some people actually walk away from car wrecks feeling “just fine.” Unfortunately, pain from whiplash and other injuries may take some time to kick in. This is one of the reasons why we advise people who have been in auto accidents to seek out chiropractic care even if they don’t believe they’ve sustained serious injuries. Being proactive may help to reduce the pain and long-term suffering that can be created by an injury like whiplash.
Not everyone walks away feeling great following a car accident. Many people experience soreness immediately. In addition, things like blurred vision, dizziness, and nausea can all be telltale signs of an accident injury. Here’s a look at injuries to be on the lookout for following a car accident.
Whiplash is one of the most common problems that people experience after an accident. This is actually a non-medical term for the intense pain that many people experience in the neck area. Unfortunately, whiplash pain is the result of an injury to soft tissue like muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It occurs because your neck is subject to an abnormal movement beyond its typical range of motion during a collision. It’s a myth that whiplash can only occur if your accident takes place at a high speed. An accident that occurs at a lower speed can certainly create the same intense motion that creates whiplash.
Hurt Neck and Shoulders
The neck and shoulders often get the brunt of the impact during a car accident. Even accidents that occur at speeds where you’re barely moving can create intense neck and shoulder injuries. The thing to keep in mind is that injuries to the neck and shoulders don’t always present in such obvious ways. You may experience some pretty intense secondary symptoms that stem from the damage that was done to your neck and shoulder areas. This includes radiating shoulder pain, dizziness, nausea, headaches, and migraines.
Chiropractic care can be extremely helpful for addressing back pain stemming from a car accident. Many people who sustain back injuries during crashes feel discomfort in the lower-back area. Nagging back pain could potentially signal that you’re suffering from a condition like a herniated disc. Unfortunately, ignoring back pain following a car accident can cause whatever underlying condition you’re experiencing to get exponentially worse. Yes, that means you could eventually experience a reduction or loss in mobility.
Knee and Leg Pain
You might be wondering why your knees and legs are in so much pain following an accident. Most people who have been involved in minor car accidents assume that their legs haven’t been impacted because they didn’t “move” during impact. However, your knees are very complex. It’s possible that everything from the impact of the accident to the way your body has been compensating for other pains could be behind knee and leg pain.
Seat-belt injuries can be among the most serious for anyone who has been in a car accident. Yes, your belt likely kept you safe during your accident. However, the fact that your chest was compressed by your belt upon impact could mean that you’ve been left with an injury. You might experience intense pain stemming from misaligned ribs and vertebrae following an accident where a belt was worn. Unfortunately, a seat-belt injury probably won’t heal on its own due to the fact that the misalignment could be pinching and pulling at nerves.
Why Getting Care Is Important
There’s a good chance that you’ve endured a soft-tissue injury if you’re experiencing aches, pains, or soreness following a car accident. Soft-tissue injuries often lead to scar tissue if they aren’t treated promptly and correctly. This is something that chiropractic care can assist with. We utilize massage techniques for breaking up scar tissue at our office. Patients often experience both short-term and long-term relief after receiving treatment.
Chiropractic care is an attractive alternative to traditional medical treatments for many people who have been in car accidents. Unfortunately, common treatments for many injuries and pain points involve surgery. Many people find that surgery does not provide the relief that is promised. What’s more, there is also a chance that repeated surgeries will be needed if an initial attempt to repair an issue is unsuccessful. Additionally, many of our patients come to us because they are opposed to trying to manage pain through medication.
Chiropractic care takes a holistic, problem-focused approach that actually cooperates with your body to generate healing. Lingering pain from an injury is often the result of inflammation or scar tissue. At our office, we utilize adjustment techniques and therapies that break up scar tissue and promote your body’s natural ability to heal. We’ll be happy to assist you if you need help documenting your treatments for insurance or legal purposes. Book an appointment today!