How Chiropractic Care Can Help After an Auto Accident
Have you been involved in a minor auto accident with just a few bruises and bumps? While you may think that everything is okay, you may have some invisible injuries that could show up days later. Like any trauma, a car accident can spike your adrenaline levels, which prepares your body for action in high-tense situations. It can also lead to a numbing effect on pain and discomfort during the accident. However, when the threat is gone, you may start to feel some discomfort, soreness, and pain that you didn’t feel immediately after the accident. Fortunately, chiropractic care is a drug-free treatment for both short and long-term pain relief.
Common Auto Accident Injuries
With over 3 million cases reported each year, whiplash is the most common auto accident injury in the country. Specifically, whiplash is any impact that causes your head to suddenly and quickly jerk forward and backward while in motion. This force stretches your neck muscles, ligaments, and/or tendons beyond their normal range.
While it may seem passive, whiplash can have long-term health effects, such as memory loss and disability when not treated properly. Although most injuries are the result of rear-end or frontal collisions, whiplash can occur from an impact in any direction. Other susceptibilities for whiplash include contact sports, horseback riding, and physical abuse.
Whiplash symptoms may occur hours or even days after an auto accident. Some of the common symptoms include:
- Neck pain
- Neck stiffness
- Decreased range of motion around the neck
- Blurred vision
- Shoulder pain
- Upper back pain
After the accident, your soft tissues may begin to self-heal by developing scar tissue. And, if your spine isn’t properly aligned before the scarring sets in, it can inhibit your normal range of motion and even lead to spinal degeneration.
How Can Chiropractic Care Treat Auto Accident Injuries?
During a frontal or rear auto collision, the cervical spine (i.e. spinal bones around the neck area) makes an abnormal S-shape. The upper bones are then forced into a hyper-flexed position, while the lower bones are forced into a hyper-extended position.
The main goal of chiropractic services is to allow your body to heal itself. Unlike medications and surgeries, chiropractic care treats the root cause of the pain and discomfort and offers a permanent solution. Chiropractic adjustments will realign the spine and take the pressure off the affected nerves, thus bringing quick relief. Furthermore, with a proper spine alignment, oxygen and nutrient-rich blood can flow freely to the injury and promote self-healing.
Even if you don’t notice any whiplash symptoms, it’s recommended to see an experienced chiropractor immediately after a car crash. Here are some of the benefits you can realize:
Your chiropractor will realign your spine and relieve pressure off of impinged nerves and tense muscles. This brings pain relief almost immediately. Additionally, the body releases pain-relieving hormones (e.g. oxytocin, neurotensin, and cortisol) during spinal manipulation, which can minimize pain.
Improved Range of Motion
Another common symptom resulting after an auto collision is stiffness in the back and neck. This happens due to misaligned spine joints, scar tissue development, and inflammation. However, chiropractic care can restore and even improve your range of motion by mobilizing and realigning the spine during adjustments.
Drug-Free, Non-Invasive Treatment
Chiropractic care does not involve any surgeries or medications to treat your injuries. Thus, preventing you from experiencing any harmful side effects such as nausea, bleeding, allergic reactions, and more.
Schedule a Chiropractic Appointment Today
At Maryland Chiropractic & Physical Medicine, we have certified, experienced, and skilled chiropractors who can help you find quick relief for a wide range of musculoskeletal issues. Visit our chiropractic offices in Edgewater and Annapolis, MD. Or, call us at (443) 294-6873 to schedule an appointment.