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Why You Should See a Chiropractor After a Car Wreck

After a car wreck, you may walk away believing you are unhurt, but injuries to the body are not always obvious. Though injuries like broken bones and lacerations are clear, injuries like whiplash may not be. It can take hours or even several days before you notice the symptoms of some car wreck injuries.

Sometimes what appears to be a minor wreck can result in some pretty serious injuries as soft tissue, joints, and ligaments throughout the body are damaged. Left untreated, or not treated properly, these injuries can lead to long-term pain and other repercussions for your body. For example, your chances of having chronic neck or back pain doubles when you’ve been in a car crash.

The best way to deal with these types of injuries is to catch them as quickly as possible. Thus, if you’ve been in a car crash, don’t wait to seek treatment until you feel pain. Get checked out by one of our car-wreck chiropractors at Accident & Injury Chiropractic right away. They’re trained to diagnosis and treat a wide array of car wreck injuries, and they can get your treatment plan started ASAP, with no money down on qualified claims.

A car-crash chiropractor can find injuries you don’t know you have.

After a car crash, adrenaline and shock can mask symptoms of your injuries for hours, days, and even months. Even if you do feel pain immediately, if that pain is not too severe, you might assume your injury is minor and will heal in a few days. Of course, it’s normal to feel sore after a car wreck, but unless you get checked out immediately, you may not know that your soreness is a symptom of a real—and even serious—injury. And car accident injuries rarely heal on their own.

The highly trained chiropractors at Accident & Injury are specifically educated to recognize and treat car wreck injuries. They look at the whole body and how parts interact with one another. They have state-of-the-art equipment and knowledge to give you a comprehensive diagnosis and come up with a treatment plan designed specifically for you and your injuries.

Chiropractic care can reduce swelling and inflammation.

When you’re involved in a car crash, micro-tears in ligaments and muscles are a common injury—and these types of injuries often do not show up on x-rays. The body naturally produces inflammation in the areas where it sustains injuries, and this inflammation, coupled with the tissue damage, can cause severe pain. Though inflammation is a way for the body to protect the injured area, it can cause serious problems if it gets into healthy tissue or lasts too long. Inflammation can prevent blood and nutrients from flowing to the affected areas thus slowing the healing process.

A chiropractor can determine the best protocols to treat your particular injuries to reduce swelling and inflammation. In addition, a properly aligned spine helps the body to release an anti-inflammatory to reduce inflammation and pain symptoms. The body can begin the natural healing process at a faster rate.

Chiropractic care alleviates pain without the use of drugs or invasive procedures.

Car accident injuries are often treated with strong painkillers that can have an array of harmful side effects. Even over-the-counter pain medications come with varying risks and side effects. Though painkillers may help you in the short term, they only mask the symptoms of injuries and don’t actually heal the body. In addition, pain relief drug medication can be addictive.

You may believe that drugs for pain relief are absolutely necessary after a car crash, but a chiropractor would disagree. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive, safe, natural treatment protocol that can help minimize the need for drugs and their risks and side effects. Rather than simply masking symptoms, chiropractic care addresses car wreck injuries at their source.

Did you know that spinal manipulation has been shown to help alleviate pain throughout the body? When you receive a chiropractic adjustment, endorphins—the body’s natural pain killers—are released. Not only do endorphins help to relieve pain, they also produce a general sense of well-being. A recent study by the National Institutes of Health showed that cervical manipulation can increase the serum concentration of neurotensin and oxytocin, which have anti-nociceptive effects, and cortisol, which serves a role in analgesia as well as immune response.

After a car or truck wreck, chiropractic care can improve mobility and range of motion.

Injuries from a car crash can affect your range of motion (ROM) as muscles become weakened and inflammation prevents blood and nutrients from flowing to the affected areas thus slowing the healing process and causing stiffness. When the injured person tries to move, the pain increases drastically.

Through gentle manipulation of the affected area, chiropractic care can greatly improve your mobility and ROM.  And Chiropractic spinal adjustments can help restore overall range of motion and allow the body to begin healing much more quickly. Your chiropractor can also develop a recovery plan for you to assist with regaining muscle strength.

Chiropractic care can help to prevent and reduce scar tissue.

As the body tries to heal traumatic injuries, it often forms scar tissue. Not only can scar tissue be painful, it can lead to long-term problems including limited mobility and chronic pain. Non-invasive treatments for accident injuries can reduce scaring, and where scar tissue does develop, chiropractic care can hone in on the damaged areas and use gentle, effective treatments to mitigate scar tissue more quickly than if the areas are left untreated. Chiropractic treatments will help alleviate your pain and get you moving again. 

Chiropractic care can help to prevent and reduce scar tissue.

Car accidents and their aftermath are extremely stressful. Even if your injuries are minor, the stress and anxiety you experience usually are not. Stress can contribute to other problems like increased muscle tension and sleep disturbance. Chiropractic care can help alleviate tension throughout your body as well as have a positive effect on your nervous system. Many people report lowered stress levels and a better quality of life after receiving chiropractic adjustments.

In addition, Accident and Injury provides their patients with transportation to and from their clinics and help with paperwork, so you can feel calm as you go about your treatment.

Car wreck chiropractic care can prevent and alleviate chronic pain.

Chronic, long-term pain can affect every aspect of your life—your work, your sleep, your relationships, and your overall enjoyment of everyday life. Chronic pain is often more difficult to treat and can make you dependent on prescription medication. Chiropractic procedures are effective at getting to the root of the problem and treating your injury, not just your symptoms. Chiropractic treatments can lead to better long-term health and help protect against chronic pain. 

The most common areas for experiencing chronic pain after a car wreck are the neck, shoulders, and lower back. In fact, according to the National Library of Medicine, 50% of injured people continue to experience neck pain a year after the crash. At Accident and Injury Chiropractic, our goal is to help you get better as quickly and thoroughly as possible, so you can avoid chronic pain.  

If you’ve been in a car or truck crash, don’t delay. Call or come to Accident & Injury Chiropractic today. It’s essential that you see us right away. Remember, early treatment promotes faster healing and can prevent further damage and chronic pain.

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