Ways a Chiropractor Can Help Following a Car Accident
With car accidents, all sorts of injuries are possible. Of course, there are serious injuries that may require immediate attention and time in the hospital, but you also have less severe injuries that may not even be apparent in the moments immediately following the crash. In some cases, an injury may seem relatively insignificant at the scene of the accident, but over the following days or weeks, it can get worse.
With many of these injuries, a failure seek treatment can cause the situation to get worse, and it can expose the individual to additional injury. It could be something like a herniated disc, whiplash, sprains, strains or it could be a deep bruise to the muscle or other soft tissue. With many of these injuries, a chiropractor can provide care that will not only help the individual to heal and recover, but it can also be an important step toward ensuring that the patient does not suffer additional injury.
One of the most important benefits to chiropractor care for car accident injuries is the assistance that these professionals can provide for pain management. Injuries like whiplash, shoulder strain and herniated discs can be painful. With the conventional treatments that you may receive, the pain management strategy is mostly going to depend on drugs. While these drugs and be effective for reducing pain and inflammation, some of them are addictive and in many cases, they do not provide adequate relief.
A chiropractor can provide treatments for pain and inflammation that will reduce the need for these drugs. In this, a chiropractor may use spinal manipulation, massage, heat and cold therapy and physical therapy techniques to provide an alternative that is safe and natural.
A chiropractor can also help to rehabilitate injuries from a car accident. The force of a car accident can throw different sections of the spine out of line, it can overstretch or tear soft tissue and it can cause nerves to become trapped or compressed. In many cases, the pain and lack of flexibility will be minor at first, but without attention, it can get worse over time.
For many of these injuries, a chiropractor can provide treatment that will help to ensure a positive outcome for injury rehabilitation. Chiropractic adjustments can be used to restore balance to the musculoskeletal system and proper nerve function, exercises can assist with building strength and restoring the range of motion and physical therapy can be used to help the patient regain their full physical ability.
Prevent Recurrence of Injury
With many injuries like whiplash and shoulder strain, the patient will experience some degree of healing on their own. If you rest and give some of these injuries time, the pain might diminish and the patient might regain their physical ability. The problem is that the injury may not have healed properly and there may still be issues that will arise in the future.
By getting the injury treated by a chiropractor, you are taking steps to reduce the possibility of the injury recurring or getting worse in the future. In some cases, it might seem as though the injury has gotten better, but it could be at a risk for further reoccurrence. It may even be the case that the injury never truly healed, but your body just adjusted to the injury. Over time, the damage could accumulate or you could be putting stress on it, then one day the pain will return, and in many cases, it will be worse than it was with the initial injury.
Treatment from a chiropractor can help to prevent these reoccurrences and it can work to prevent the possibility of the injury getting worse. By ignoring the injury or thinking that it has gotten better on its own, you could be exposing yourself to additional injury. If allowed to progress far enough, some of these injuries may even require surgery. However, the attention of a chiropractor can help you avoid this additional pain and the possibility surgery.
Chiropractic care can play a fundamental role in helping patients recover from many of the most common car accident injuries. If you have been injured in an auto accident related injury contact Club West Chiropractic today to get proper treatment.