Car Accidents & Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care for those who have recently been in an auto accident, is considered one of the most effective uses of this therapy because it can help to reduce the pain associated with trauma done to the musculoskeletal system in cases like whiplash.
Chiropractic therapy is so effective for auto accident injuries because it is non-invasive, and can treat damaged regions of the body without requiring risky and costly surgery.
Chiropractors recommend that anyone who has been in a car accident get a chiropractic diagnosis immediately, even if there are no painful symptoms. Many people walk away from car accidents feeling only slightly shaken, with a few bruises. The high levels of adrenaline that are released in the system during an accident, can also mask feeling of internal pain. Sometimes it takes several days for misalignments in the spine and other parts of the musculoskeletal system, caused by the sudden play of physical forces that arise during a car accident, to become apparent in the body. By getting a quick chiropractic treatment that promptly corrects any potential misalignments in the skeleton, patients can save themselves months or even years of unnecessary pain. Untreated dislocations in the musculoskeletal system can lead to future health problems, as well.
Whiplash, or damage to the neck from the sudden stop of a car impact, is one of the most common injuries people who walk away from car accidents are afflicted with. Whiplash also happens to be one of the more difficult health problems to treat with effectiveness, because it requires a precise diagnosis of exactly which vertebrae are displaced and causing pain and mobility restrictions. Whiplash is felt as neck pain, headaches at the base of the skull, reduced range of motion for turning the head, difficulty concentrating, and sleep disturbances. With whiplash it is the upper part of the spine, or the cervical spine, that requires the most attention because this is the area that gets suddenly and traumatically jolted when a car is struck from behind, even at low speeds.
Just a minor fender bender at speeds as low as 5 miles per hour, can cause someone to experience whiplash leading to chronic pain. By seeking out immediate chiropractic treatment, those with whiplash increase their chances of recovery significantly, create an opportunity to effectively manage their pain, and reduce the chances of suffering complications leading to other health problems. Chiropractors urge people who have been in car accidents to not hope that the pain will simply just go away of itself. Pain is more likely to increase over time if no treatment is sought.