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Chiropractic Help for Slip and Fall Injuries

By Sara Butler

Winter is right around the corner and with it comes a lot of snow, ice, sleet, and rain. That means that it's not simply the time of year for snow, it's also the time of year for slip-and-fall injuries. You may think slips and falls are embarrassing, but they're more than that. They can actually lead to back pain, neck pain, and body aches that continue on long after the embarrassment has melted away. Luckily, the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic can help. Here's what you should do if you suffer from a slip-and-fall injury this winter.

How Serious?

Slip-and-fall injuries may not seem serious at the time, but what happens after can be quite serious. If you slip and fall and have problems moving around or feel intense pain, then you need to seek medical help.

Even if your injuries aren't of the nature that you need immediate attention, you still shouldn't shrug them off. See the chiropractors at The Joint for an assessment to make sure you aren't suffering from any joint restrictions or dysfunctions that can lead to major issues down the road. Remember, any changes in the balance of your body can impact biomechanics. This can change the way you move as you compensate for injuries. That increased stress and strain on your joints can lead to larger issues and result in pain even months in the future.

The expertise and training of the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic make it possible for them to assess you for injuries and create a treatment plan to help get you well again.

The First Step

Unless you always travel with a chiropractor, there are some immediate steps you can take after a slip and fall to try to reduce damage. First, take a deep breath. Don't rush to get up but instead take a moment to steady yourself with some deep breathing. Give your body time to adjust to the shock of what just happened and take stock in how you feel.

If you're sore after a fall, then you may need to adjust the way you move when doing everyday activities. Issues with inflammation, stiffness, and pain need to be dealt with before you try to get back to your normal activities such as the gym. Ease yourself back into your normal activities.

No matter what, always listen to your body. Don't rush back into things if you're sore and stiff. And always makes sure to check in with the chiropractor, even if you feel fine. There may be things lurking under the surface that can lead to pain later.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Madison, Wis.

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