If you have been involved in a car accident it is crucial that you get your spine checked out right away. The fact of the matter is that symptoms such as headaches, muscle soreness, stiffness, etc., don’t usually show up for weeks or even months. The healing process begins right away after an injury. It begins with swelling and edema to the area. The swelling splints the injured area preventing further injury, and also brings helper cells to the area. These helper cells start rebuilding the broken tissue. The tissue that is rebuilt is not as strong as the previous uninjured tissue, because the new tissue built is scar tissue. We as chiropractors have modalities such as electrical muscle stimulation, which decreases pain and swelling. We also utilize ultrasound on the injured tissue. Ultrasound speeds up healing and breaks up scar tissue. We also use the chiropractic adjustment to restore motion in stiff injured joints. Catching and treating the problem early decreases scar tissue and the likelihood of greater problems down the road. Click here to learn more about auto injuries and chiropractic.