Can Chiropractic Care Help After a Car Accident?
If you’ve been in a major motor vehicle accident or just a simple fender bender, you may experience pain resulting from the crash for weeks, months, even years. You may not even know that you’ve been injured until a much later time due to how the body deals with shock, increasing inflammation, etc. When you’ve been injured in a car accident, a chiropractor can help you recover from your injuries and recover more quickly than with only medication and physical therapy.
The Most Common Injury of Car Accidents: Whiplash
B far, the most common injury sustained during a motor vehicle accident is whiplash. Also known as a neck strain or neck sprain, whiplash is a soft tissue injury that can also occur as a result of falls, sports injuries, work injuries, and even roller coasters. It happens unexpectedly in a situation where our natural reflexes cannot respond in enough time to prevent the soft tissues in our necks from being injured. Two in three people involved in car accidents report symptoms of whiplash, showing damage to the cervical muscles, vertebral discs, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels. It can take 48 hours for symptoms to become noticeable. Still, the symptoms can be long-lasting, with estimates of 45-85% of patients feeling pain such as stiffness, headaches, dizziness, and possibly blurred vision up to five years after the accident.
Besides whiplash, many other injuries can be sustained in a car accident, including herniated discs, lower back pain and neck pain, headaches and migraines, numbness and tingling, and even sore muscles stemming from bracing for impact.
While measures should be taken to ensure there is no spinal cord damage via imaging like CT scans and MRIs, chiropractic care can be beneficial as a complement to your typical therapies and pain relief medications. Many patients have reported substantial improvement in their symptoms following chiropractic care, which can include treatments such as spinal manipulation (particularly neck adjustment) as well as stretching, massage, physical exercises, and cryotherapy.
How can Chiropractic Care Help?
For these issues and whiplash, chiropractic care can help by:
1. Increasing Mobility
Your movement may be restricted after an accident as your joints, or soft tissues may be too sore or stiff for the full range of movement. Chiropractic can help relieve the soreness and stiffness, giving you a full range of motion again, and back to your normal activities.
2. Reducing Pain
Chiropractic care can also help in alleviating pain after a car accident. This can be by manipulating the spine or joints to make sure they are back in proper alignment, or it may be other therapies such as massage, ice or heat therapies, electrical stimulation, etc. By helping to reduce pain, chiropractic care can decrease the reliance or dependence on dangerous prescription painkillers.
3. Speeding Up Recovery
Soft tissue injuries can take forever to heal and may not always heal correctly, but a chiropractor can help your soft tissues heal more quickly and avoid permanent scar tissue from developing.
If You’ve Been in a Car Accident…
Don’t hesitate to seek our chiropractic care for your injuries. At Ozark Chiropractic in Baton Rouge, LA, our chiropractors are highly trained in a variety of therapies and are capable of getting you on the road to recovery much quicker. Contact us to make an appointment today.