Being in a car accident can be one of the most terrifying and overwhelming experiences a person lives through. There is no way to prepare for the serious issues that may arise from a motor vehicle collision. In an instant your physical and emotional wellness may become severely jeopardized, and it is difficult to know how best to deal with this.
The reason individuals like yourself choose chiropractic care for treatment of injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents is simple – chiropractic care is exceptional in the treatment of soft tissue injuries, especially of the spine. The most common injuries include sprains and strains of the spinal muscles and ligaments, most of which can be addressed with a chiropractor.
For car accident victims, who are often left in debilitating pain, a doctor of chiropractic can be a beacon of hope. While many doctors prescribe painkillers as a first line of treatment, chiropractors can help heal even severe motor vehicle injuries without the use of drugs.
Chiropractors are able to treat neck and back injuries, whiplash injuries and help with soft tissue pain and injuries. Many times, individuals who have been injured in a car accident have so much muscle pain and stiffness that they simply cannot function normally. This discomfort, on top of other injuries, can be a serious issue.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained during car accidents—and often one of the hardest to treat. Nearly 300,000 whiplash injuries occur each year, many at low speeds. It takes only a 2.5 mile-per-hour change in speed to injure the neck.
When a part of the body is whipped back and then forward beyond its normal limits, micro-tears can develop in the surrounding ligaments. Yet many victims of accidents don’t notice any pain at first. It’s not until the micro-tears start to swell that the symptoms set in, including:
- Blurred vision
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Reduced range of motion in the neck
- Arm pain
- Neck stiffness
- Low back pain
What are the most common auto accident injuries?
The most common auto accident injury is whiplash. Whiplash actually refers to a group of symptoms that can include neck pain, neck stiffness, and restricted movement. Back pain, both in the lower and upper back, is also common in auto accident injuries.
Do you need surgery for auto accident injuries?
In the majority of cases, auto accident injuries result in short term pain, as long as you seek proper treatment promptly. This means that very few auto accident injuries require surgical correction.
In fact, only a small number of the people who have problems like chronic back pain need to have surgery. Many unnecessary surgeries are performed today, and some surgeries can make the problem worse instead of relieving it. Surgical correction is typically needed only for structural or congenital issues with the spine, neither of which result from auto accidents.
How are auto accident injuries treated?
At Back to Health, our doctors believe in taking a personalized approach to patient injury. This means that a customized plan is created based on your specific symptoms and issues. Treatment can include the following types of therapy:
Nonsurgical spinal decompression
Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that is helpful in relieving neck pain and back pain, which are both common auto accident injuries.
During spinal decompression, the spine is gently stretched out to alter its force and position. This gentle stretching can alleviate the pressure on lumbar and cervical discs and nerves that are causing the pain. Nonsurgical spinal decompression also improves the movement of water, oxygen, and nutrients to help damaged discs heal.
Our Doctors perform gentle chiropractic adjustments to correct any spinal imbalances or issues that may have resulted from the auto accident. All chiropractic adjustments are completely non-invasive and won’t cause pain. Chiropractic care gives the body a way to heal naturally, with no medication necessary.
Our Doctors may also recommend supplemental types of care including:
With the right approach to care, auto accident injuries can be healed naturally. This will allow you to get back to living your life, pain free.