We’ve all seen those advertisements on TV. You know, the ones where someone is hurt in a car accident, and they ask, “Who you gonna call?” Perhaps instead of an attorney, the very first person you should call is a chiropractor. After being stabilized, they can examine you, determine exactly what care you need to heal your body, and treat you without drugs. They can help you sort out the services you’ll need from a traditional physician and those that are best left to chiropractic care after your accident.
Injuries at speeds as slow as 5 miles per hour can still knock the cervical spine out of alignment.
Whiplash occurs when a sudden, jarring movement of the head is sustained backward and forward or side to side. It destabilizes the spine and causes severe pain. It’s the most common injury from a car crash. Seeking chiropractic care immediately can help you beat the damaging and often recurring effects of whiplash. Remember, the physical effects from an accident are not always known or felt immediately. It can sometimes take weeks or even months for symptoms to appear.
The effects of a car accident are different for each person involved in the wreck. Some people feel pain and tension right away. For others, the symptoms may get worse over time. Injuries at speeds as slow as 5 miles per hour can still knock the cervical spine out of alignment.
What’s called the “pain-spasm-pain cycle” should be prevented as much as possible, especially right after your accident. Often, cooling the immediate area of injury with ice for 10 minutes at a time can help reduce the effects of inflammation. Lying down during the first few days usually eases the strain felt around the neck and shoulders and helps promote healing.
After the initial inflammatory stage, a patient needs to resume normal movements as soon as possible, taking into consideration his/her range of motion and pain tolerance. If a patient doesn’t start to move around, painful muscle spasms can persist. The increased pressure on the discs in the back and the joints of the neck often leads to chronic problems later on.
Grimes Family Chiropractic has had substantial experience treating auto accident injury patients.
Chiropractic care can help your body recover faster from the trauma to your spine and to other parts of your body. Chiropractic care is the clear alternative to blotting out your pain with drugs and leaving your healing to chance.
We specialize in the care of nerves, bones, muscles and connective tissue. In addition to neck pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, and back pain from an auto accident, chiropractic care helps address other problems such as:
- Headaches and dizziness
- Blurred vision
- Loss of concentration
- Stiffness and reduced range of motion
- Inflammation and swelling
- Numbness or tingling
- Jaw pain and TMJ
Chiropractic care is the clear alternative to blotting out your pain with drugs and leaving your healing to chance.
Any body part that is jarred unexpectedly, beyond its normal limits, can result in stretched ligaments and/or tears. The head and neck are especially vulnerable to this kind of tearing during an auto collision. In addition to adjustments, physiotherapy in the forms of trigger point therapy, intersegmental traction, or heat and hydro therapeutic massage are often used. We will also show you exercises to continue your healing in between appointments.
You deserve to be in optimal condition with no pain.
Call us today to schedule an appointment it could change you and your family’s lives!