Chiropractic After the Crash
By Krista Elliott
You're driving home, navigating traffic, when suddenly you feel a jolt and hear that nasty, metal-on-metal crunch.
A fender-bender is definitely up there when it comes to things that can ruin your day. Fortunately, most minor car accidents don't cause life-threatening injuries. However, along with the damage to your car can come damage to your spine and joints.
Often, immediately after an accident, people feel just fine. However, after the injury sets in and the effects of the adrenaline have worn off, it may be a different story. You might go to bed feeling fine and wake up feeling as though somebody has replaced your spine with a plugged-in curling iron in a sadistic homage to the famous Folger's commercial ("Let's see if he notices the difference!").
Even if you think you're perfectly fine after an accident, it's important to get assessed by your primary healthcare provider as medical imaging may reveal dangerous damage to your spine and neck.
The Natural Road to Recovery
Even if you have no dangerous spinal fractures, the road to recovery can still be a long one. Car accidents can place enormous amounts of quick and violent force on the joints, muscles and ligaments of the upper body. These soft-tissue injuries and joint misalignments can cause a severe amount of discomfort, reduced mobility, and loss of function. And the longer they're left untreated, the worse things can get as your strained muscles exert uneven force on your joints, causing further subluxations, which then put even more strain on your muscles, creating a vicious circle of pain. And while "vicious circle of pain" would make a great name for a heavy-metal group, it's not exactly a desirable state of physical being.
Fortunately, chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat pain and speed healing. By helping your joints return to their optimal alignment, the professionals at The Joint Chiropractic can help break that vicious circle and help your body heal faster and with less pain.
With regular treatment, you will hopefully be back to your old self for good. It's a good idea to take care of yourself with regular chiropractic maintenance, to reduce the chances of your accident pain rearing its ugly head months or even years down the road. But if it does, you don't need an appointment; you can just pop by any of The Joint's more than 350 clinics nationwide for the gentle and precise adjustments that can treat your pain effectively and naturally.
So, after dealing with your insurance company, soothe your painful back and jangling nerves with a visit to The Joint. We can't fix your car, but we're experts when it comes to bodywork.