Common injuries such as micro-tears in the ligaments and muscles may occur from such a collision. These tears are also known as sprain/strain injuries. It is part of the reason that people who have been in a car accident wake up feeling sore and stiff. The problem is that these are not easily diagnosed. When you visit a chiropractor, these are one of the things that will be examined through orthopedic testing and radiographic imaging. Then gentle spinal adjustments will be used to realign the spinal column, which may help decrease pain and inflammation in your body.
After car accident injuries, there may be scar tissue formation in your joints, ligaments, and muscles. This will result in stiffness and pain. This is actually a normal process of your body repairing damaged areas. However, when the chiropractor targets these areas, they will now heal in better alignment rather than repairing as layers of scar tissue. Think of this like stretching after the gym. When your muscle fibers are damaged from working out, you feel sore. When your body repairs these damaged muscle fibers, it repairs these fibers in all directions, causing stiffness and decreased range of motion. But when you stretch these muscles, you will start to heal (rather than repair) by realigning the muscle fibers correctly. As a result, you will feel better and have better motion.
After a traumatic event such as an auto accident, there will be inflammation that develops in the injured areas. This inflammation slows down blood flow and lymph fluid flow, thus decreasing nutrients from reaching the areas they need to go to.
When you visit a doctor after a traumatic car accident, you can only think about getting out of the current pain. However, chiropractic adjustments will not only help relieve you of the pain you are experiencing now. It can help prevent these injuries from becoming serious long-term issues. The scar tissue, inflammation, and a list of other common symptoms can develop into long-term problems such as arthritis and spinal degeneration if left untreated. Chiropractors typically have a long-term view on your health.
If you were injured in an auto accident that was caused by the negligence or carelessness of another person, you may consider taking legal action against them. Our office works closely with different adjustors and attorneys who are experienced with these types of cases. If we find that it is necessary, we will choose one that fits best with your situation, whether it is a language preference or type/severity of the accident. We may also refer you to other specialists and therapists if we find that it is necessary for your improvement.
As you can see, there are many benefits you may receive by getting chiropractic care after a car accident. You have just learned that there is much more to manage than just your current pain. Chiropractors who are experienced with auto accidents and personal injuries will help you through the entire process. Here at Walsh Chiropractic, we will ensure that the process goes smoothly and will always take great care of your health.