WHY SHOULD YOU SEE A CHIROPRACTOR AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT?
You were recently in a car accident. Maybe you went to the emergency room to get checked out. Maybe you didn’t. You may have obvious injures like broken bones, bruises, and lacerations. Or, you may have thought you were fine only to wake up the next day in severe pain.
One of the many problems with car accidents is that injuries you incur aren’t always obvious. That serious pain you experience the next day may be the result of micro-tears in your ligaments and muscles—a common injury that can’t be seen with x-rays. Or, you may have whiplash for which the symptoms of dizziness, headaches, soreness, or pain in the neck and upper back may not show up for hours or even days.
Whatever the case, you should see a chiropractor immediately for many reasons.
- Ignoring an injury like whiplash can have long-term consequences including severe and chronic pain. A chiropractor can properly diagnose your injuries and get you on a treatment plan ASAP.
- Chiropractic treatments effectively alleviate the pain and inflammation that result from even the smallest car accident injuries—like those micro-tears. While pain medications can make you feel better temporarily, they only mask your injuries. Chiropractic care, on the other hand, can help to diagnose and treat them. In addition, pain medications can be highly addictive. Chiropractic spinal manipulations are known to release pain-reducing hormones and anti-inflammatories that alleviate pain and inflammation naturally—not just at the sight of your injuries but throughout your entire body. That means that pain you were experiencing before your accident will be treated as well.
- Often, scar tissue is one of the biggest long-term issues people deal with after a car accident. That’s one of the reasons injured areas can become permanently stiff. Chiropractic treatments can specifically target damaged areas breaking up scar tissue to help with stiffness and chronic pain.
- Chiropractic treatments are non-invasive and restorative. Often, medical doctors offer surgery as their only treatment for severe or chronic neck, back, joint and limb problems that may result from car accident injuries. But most people agree that surgery should be a last resort. Chiropractic care that realigns the spine and joints can reestablishes normal function to the nervous system, increase blood flow that is often reduced by inflammation, and restore range of motion to injured areas. Thus, the body is able to heal naturally and at a faster rate than with more invasive treatments.
So, if you’ve been in a car accident, don’t delay. Come to the Accident and Injury Chiropractic clinic nearest you. The sooner you seek treatment, the better. And if it’s been a while since your car accident, come and see us ASAP. We can help you heal from your injuries no matter what stage of recovery you are in.