Auto accidents are a leading cause of injury in the United States. Even a minor fender bender can be responsible for long-term pain and suffering resulting from whiplash or other neck and back injuries.
It’s always a good idea to follow up with your primary care doctor after an accident. If there is any possibility you have fractured a bone, are hemorrhaging (internally or externally), or if you hit your head, you should go to the hospital right away for further testing.
With that out of the way, your next appointment should be to your chiropractor. Chiropractic care is very beneficial after an accident and can address many post-accident symptoms in a noninvasive and safe manner.
Chiropractors can reduce pain. Automobile accidents can easily create subluxation; even from a low-speed collision. Whiplash and chronic back pain can be very uncomfortable – resulting in lost time from work and difficulty performing simple tasks.
A chiropractic evaluation and successive treatments help to realign the spinal column and most patients feel the results immediately. Unlike traditional medicine, which can take months to be effective, a visit to your chiropractor often leaves you feeling much better after a single treatment.
In addition to pain issues, car accidents can severely reduce a person’s mobility due to soreness and muscle tension. A post-accident chiropractic visit is an excellent way to restore mobility without the need for pain medications that simply mask the symptoms of soreness and injury.
Chiropractic adjustments also help to prevent further damage. Your body will be in less than optimal condition following a car crash and it is very easy to sustain further injuries. Even relatively simple tasks can put additional strain on subluxated vertebrae and lead to more serious conditions such as sciatica.
Receiving regular chiropractic adjustments alleviates symptoms and helps to prevent further injury or painful complications from occurring as a result of a car accident.
Visiting your chiropractor after a car accident should be viewed as complementary care. A chiropractor is unable to fix broken bones, internal bleeding, or head injuries that may have occurred as a result of an accident.
However, by working with your physician, a chiropractor is able to address many of the issues experienced in the days and weeks following an accident.
If you have never visited a chiropractor before, you should consider scheduling an appointment at your earliest convenience. Even if you currently are not suffering from back or joint pain, a wellness visit to your chiropractor is a simple way for the doctor to evaluate your body in its “regular” state. This makes identifying problems after an accident much easier and more accurate.
Timely chiropractic care ensures that your body will heal quickly and correctly; regardless of the severity of your accident.