Car Accident? See a Chiropractor
Why You Should See a Chiropractor After a Car Accident
Car accidents, big and small, are sometimes a part of life.
If you get in an accident—even a minor fender bender—it’s important to get your body examined just as you would examine your car.
Just because you may not have broken bones or dislocated a joint doesn’t mean you are not injured.
Muscle and soft tissue injuries from car accidents can go unnoticed and unchecked and lead to chronic illness.
Soft tissue injuries from car accidents often occur with the spine.
“As soft tissue injuries heal, they develop scar tissue,” according to Palmer College of Chiropractic. “If the spine is not aligned and full range of motion isn’t recovered before scarring sets in, it can ultimately inhibit normal functioning and even lead to spinal degeneration.”
Car Accident Injury
Whiplash is a common car accident injury but it can also come from other sources. Whiplash comes about from an overextension of the neck, which can be caused by any activity that jars, twists or otherwise strains the neck. Whiplash often does not display symptoms for the first 24 hours after the injury is sustained. But once symptoms develop, they may include the following:
- Neck stiffness
- Neck pain
- Reflective shoulder pain
- Lower back pain
- Numbness in the extremities
- Sensory defects, such as blurry vision or ringing in the ears
- Difficulty focusing
Soft-tissue injuries like whiplash can take a long time to heal.
However, “some car accident victims report up to an 80 percent reduction in discomfort after just a few weeks of chiropractic care” Palmer College of Chiropractic notes.
Using digital X-rays and other methods we at Flintridge Family Chiropractic examine you and treat the root of the issue, not just the symptoms. No matter what the severity of your car accident symptoms, we can create a custom plan to have you on the road to recovery.
Contact us today to make an appointment.