Chiropractic a Must After Auto Accidents
By Sara Butler
There’s a pretty good chance at some point in your life you will be involved in an auto accident. No matter how minor, these accidents can cause damage to your neck and spine that – if left untreated – can impact your health and wellness for years. Here are just a few of the reasons why it’s very important to see a chiropractor after an automobile accident.
When you’re in a car accident, the muscles and ligaments that support your neck and spine can be stretched or even torn. X-rays and MRIs will not be able to detect these injuries, and if these injuries are left untreated they can cause severe inflammation and pain. The tricky thing about car accidents is you may not feel these injuries right away. It can take hours or even days before you feel the full extent of the damage that may have been caused.
Your body’s response to this type of injury is to produce inflammation, which is both a blessing and a curse. Some inflammation helps to encourage healing, but too much can make the injury worse. Chiropractic care has been shown to reduce inflammation in injuries such as this.
Another byproduct of your body’s inflammatory response is a reduction in the range of motion of the impacted joint. If this happens it can impede the healing process since the ligaments and muscles won’t get the blood supply and nutrients they need to heal.
One of the goals of chiropractic treatment for injuries caused by auto accidents is to mobilize the joints in your spine. This helps to increase blood flow and get important nutrients to the area in order to promote healing.
Reduction of Scar Tissue
The inflammatory response your body has to an injury to the ligaments and muscles in your neck and spine is caused by the existence of micro-tears in the tissue. When these micro-tears heal they create scar tissue, a kind of “patch” over the damaged tissue. If scar tissue forms on a large muscle in your neck or back, it can make it difficult to stretch those muscles out. If they aren’t stretched out properly, it can lead to problems with mobility down the road. When your chiropractor performs an adjustment they will focus on these areas to help break up scar tissue through stretching, and that will help with the healing process as well as your mobility after you’re healed.
No matter how minor you feel the accident you are involved in is, it’s very important to see a chiropractor as soon as you can in order to ensure you're on the right road to healing and recovery!