According to official statistics, more than 3 million people are injured in the U.S. each year in automobile accidents. Of those, about 2 million suffer long-term injuries. Chiropractic physicians are able to help the majority of accident victims get treatment for serious and incidental harm that results from being in a vehicular crash.
Surprisingly, many people don’t realize just how effective chiropractic care can be for treating car accident injuries. If you’ve been in an accident, it’s important to understand that not all injuries appear immediately. In fact, many kinds of injuries are virtually invisible for weeks or months after the collision takes place. What do you need to know? First, be familiar with the symptoms of typical injuries. Second, learn how chiropractic care can help you get back on your feet and feeling better, without drugs or invasive surgery.
Here’s a shortlist of common symptoms people have after a vehicle accident:
Advantages of Chiropractic Care
Why, then, is chiropractic treatment so effective in healing these kinds of injuries? The reasons are many, but a quick look at the advantages of chiropractic care includes the following:
- It reduces inflammation
- Treatment is non-invasive and does not involve any type of drugs
- Chiropractic care can reduce pain throughout the body
- It can help get rid of scar tissue
- Treatment helps you avoid the long-term effects of most injuries
- Chiropractic restores range of motion
- Only chiropractic treatment deals with non-obvious injuries
Common Symptoms of Accident-Related Injuries
There are countless symptoms of a bodily injury, especially one you receive in a vehicle crash. The most common ones include the following:
- General or location-specific stiffness
- A tingling sensation in any part of the body
- Chest pain
- Soreness or tenderness in the affected area
- Anxiety and inability to sleep
- Inflammation anywhere on or in the body
- Scar tissue
- Restricted movement in limbs, torso and neck/head areas
- Whole-body pain
- Long-term pain or movement problems
- Blurred vision, either intermittent or constant
- Neck pain or stiffness when at rest or during movement
- Headaches of all severity levels, including migraines
- Constant or occasional dizziness
- Shoulder and back pain
- Low-back pain
- Pain in the arms
- Inability to rotate the neck or nod the head
The next step is learning about the specific ways chiropractic treatment can help you recover after an accident.
How Chiropractic Care Benefits Accident Victims
The brief listing above pointed out some well-known advantages of chiropractic treatment. The following points detail the specific ways in which this type of care can help accident victims get the right kind of treatment at the right time:
It Treats Non-Obvious Injuries
One of the key advantages of chiropractic care is its ability to treat injuries that are not visible to the naked eye. It’s also able to deal with injuries like whiplash that often don’t even show up until some time after an accident. Many victims feel perfectly fine for weeks after a vehicle collision but then notice things like soreness, headaches, dizziness and pain in the neck and back area.
It’s important to see a chiropractor as soon as possible after an accident. Only then will you be able to get treatment for a wide range of injuries that are “invisible.” A number of these kinds of injuries can be effectively treated long before obvious symptoms show up.
Treatment Uses No Drugs or Invasive Surgery
Drugs that “treat” pain relief are nothing more than a quick fix in most cases. They can make you feel great for a little while. But eventually, the pain returns, often in a more severe form. Another problem with pain medicine is its potential for addiction.
Chiropractors use no addictive drugs or medicines, nor do they include surgery in their treatment plans. Our goal, in chiropractic medicine, is to treat the cause of a problem rather than its temporary symptoms. Unfortunately, many victims wait weeks or months after an accident before seeking treatment. At that late date, surgery is sometimes the only thing left for them, which need not be the case.
Getting non-invasive treatment right after an accident occurs can prevent the need for surgery, heal the body without drugs of any kind and get your body on the road to recovery immediately, the natural way.
Chiropractic Treatment Reduces Inflammation
One of the ways chiropractic treatment works is this: it employs various adjustments in order to reduce any undue pressure on the nerves. That process allows the body to employ its own anti-inflammation chemicals that work to reduce pain and inflammation. Other ways chiropractors aid the body’s natural healing process is through the use of cold laser therapy, traction, rehab exercises, cryotherapy, EMS (electronic muscle stimulation), decompression, ultrasound and massage therapy,
It Restores Range of Motion
By mobilizing the spine, chiropractic treatment helps restore the full range of motion to people injured in accidents of all kinds. This is just one way of promoting long-term, natural healing and lessening the risk of permanently disabling conditions. Inflammation is a common culprit that restricts the body’s range of motion after an accident.
It Reduces Scar Tissue
Have you ever wondered why you feel stiff and uncomfortable after an injury like a car accident? Scar tissue on the muscles is responsible for this unfortunate state of affairs. Chiropractors have several methods at their disposal to break up that problematic tissue quickly and effectively. Massage is just one of the ways to break down scar tissue, collagen fibers and other types of causes of stiffness and severe discomfort.
Chiropractic Helps Relieve Whole-Body Pain
When the spine is manipulated during a chiropractic adjustment, the body releases particular hormones that work to eliminate severe pain from head to toe. This relief from whole-body pain is one of the unique advantages of chiropractic treatment, especially after vehicle accidents that cause multiple kinds of bodily pain.
It Reduces the Threat of Long-Term Physical Problems
When people don’t get treatment as soon as possible after an accident, they set themselves up for all sorts of serious complications. Without treatment, minor injuries can turn into long-term conditions that are difficult to remedy in a natural way. There is a possibility that you might suffer life-long pain and discomfort if you ignore an injury or delay getting the right kind of treatment.
Getting immediate chiropractic care after a vehicle accident is the smart thing to do, whether your injuries are severe, mild or non-obvious. Visiting our office will help you begin the recovery process and protect your financial well-being in the event you need to litigate against the party that caused your injuries.
Don’t hesitate to contact our team of experienced chiropractic physicians. That way, you can get the most effective treatment and avoid long-term complications. Make the right choice when you have the misfortune to be in an accident. Get the best care as soon as possible by visiting our office.