A car accident is the last thing anyone wants to deal with. Adding a car accident creates more stress and is an added strain on your life. This may force you to take time off of work, and may even make you unable to perform normal daily tasks. One of the biggest questions following a car accident is where and should I seek treatment?
What most people don’t realize after an accident is that even minor car accidents can lead to soft tissue injuries. For example, the soft tissue is what holds everything in place and when stretched beyond its normal limits, it can lead to ligament tears, decreased range of motion, disc herniations, joint and nerve dysfunction, loss of strength along with muscle and connective tissue injuries. The severity of these injuries are not always known or felt immediately following the accident. It can take days, weeks or even months for symptoms to show up. But when left untreated, these even minor injuries can cause permanent damage and can induce long-term pain. This is why it is critical that chiropractic care is sought immediately after an automobile accident.
What Happens On Your First Visit
A chiropractor is fully trained to treat injuries immediately following an automobile accident. A thorough examination will be performed, followed by a series of x-rays (if needed), along with various orthopedic and neurological tests to find the root cause of your pain. The chiropractor will assess the injuries and then determine how to get the best results in the shortest amount of time personalized to you. In order to speed the healing process, a chiropractor will use a comprehensive series of therapeutic modalities such as electrical muscle stimulation, inter-segmental traction beds, spinal decompression therapy, cervical traction, massage therapy, vibration therapy along with prescribed stretching and strengthening exercises. Some of the main symptoms experienced after a car accident include neck pain, headaches, muscle stiffness, numbness and tingling, dizziness and back pain. Chiropractic treatments are the right step towards restoring the body.
If you’ve been in a car accident, you need to be assessed by a doctor who is familiar with automobile injuries and treats them every day.