After a car accident, you may feel a sense of shock or distress.
Dealing with logistics like insurance and car repairs may even cause you to put off seeking medical treatment, especially if the accident didn’t cause obvious injuries.
Like any trauma, a car accident causes your adrenaline levels to spike. This hormone prepares your body for action in high-stress situations and has a numbing effect on pain. After the threat is gone, you may begin to feel soreness and discomfort that you hadn’t felt immediately after the accident.
One study found that more than 70 percent of people who visit the ER after an auto accident are still in pain 6 weeks later. Fortunately, chiropractic care can offer both short- and long-term relief from pain.
Why Should I See a Chiropractor After My Car Accident?
Chiropractors are trained to relieve pain commonly associated with car accident injuries. They provide drug-free, natural treatment for the musculoskeletal and nervous system.
Through gentle spinal manipulation and pressure release techniques, chiropractors restore joint mobility from tissue injury. This approach is free from the side effects that come with surgery or medication.
The key is to schedule an appointment early on. One study looked at car accident patients receiving chiropractic care, and found that a delay in seeking treatment was correlated with a lower level of improvement.
What Conditions Can a Chiropractor Treat?
Chiropractic care can treat a range of injuries and conditions caused by auto accidents.
Whiplash is a common car accident injury caused by a sudden, rapid front-and-back movement of the head and neck that extends the tendons and muscles beyond their normal range of motion.
If you were rear-ended in your car accident—even it was at a low speed—it’s possible you received a whiplash injury.
If it goes untreated, whiplash can cause chronic neck pain, headaches, shoulder and upper back pain, and numbness.
Back pain caused by a car accident can be excruciating. Along with neck pain, it’s the most common type of car accident injury.
An accident can damage your spine in a variety of ways. Vertebrae, the bones that make up the spinal column, can be fractured, crushed, or dislocated. Ligaments (bands of tissue that help protect the spine from injury), muscles, nerves, or the spinal cord itself can be damaged.
The full effect of a spinal cord injury is not felt immediately. Swelling, bleeding, inflammation, and fluid buildup in or around your spinal cord can cause additional damage and pain over time.
A back injury has far-reaching effects. A lower back injury can affect your bowel and bladder control as well as sexual function.
Many people report headaches after a car accident. They usually disappear on their own, but sometimes they persist.
Long-term headaches caused by a car accident or other head injury are called post-traumatic headaches. This condition often causes people to worry, especially those who don’t have a history of headaches or migraines.
Other symptoms may accompany your headaches, including:
· Ringing in the ears
· Blurred vision
· Depression or anxiety
Spinal manipulations from a chiropractor can reduce pressure on your neck area, which may in turn ease the pain of your headache.
Is Chiropractic the Best Treatment for Me?
If you continue to experience pain after your car accident, talk to your doctor about treatment options. You may choose to use chiropractic care alone or as a complementary treatment with other approaches, such as physical therapy and acupuncture.
The chiropractors at Pain Stop Clinics in Phoenix are committed to helping patients heal from auto accident and other injuries. Take the first step in stopping your pain by scheduling a free consultation.