One moment everything may seem fine, when suddenly you’re involved in a serious collision. Most people have one thing on their mind after a car accident--their car! However, it’s important to remember that you and your injuries come first. A visit to a chiropractor should always follow an auto injury, as chiropractors are specialists in damage to soft and hard tissue.
How Can a Chiropractor Help Me After My Auto Accident?
Chiropractors are able to effectively treat neck and back injuries associated with auto accidents. Many times, individuals who have been injured in a car accident experience such intense muscle pain and stiffness that they simply cannot function normally. When left untreated, this discomfort can be a serious issue.
After an auto accident, some individuals experience indicators of whiplash injuries right away, such as blurred vision, headaches, shoulder pain, dizziness, reduced range of motion and arm pain. Whiplash can also result in minor back injuries, muscle injuries, ligament problems, and disc damage. Other individuals may be injured and feel nothing at all.
The key to proper healing is restoring the maximum range of motion of the injured joints. Only a chiropractic adjustment can do this. Why? Stretching on your own will only affect the muscles and the ligaments to a mild degree. Being stretched by a professional such as a PT will bring the joint further and affect the ligaments further. The chiropractic adjustment brings the joint through it's fullest range of motion to cause maximum remodeling of the damaged tissue. What does this mean? Remodeling is the final phase of healing and the more effective it is, the more normal tissue you will have and the less permanent scar tissue and adhesions will form. Once remodeling is done, it is done. So it is urgent to see a chiropractor immediately after a serious injury to get the best soft tissue healing and therefore, the least amount of permanent damage.
Treating pain or whiplash should always be your first concern after any type of spinal trauma. If you’ve had an auto accident recently, call our office to assure the best possible outcome.