Millions of Americans are injured - or worse- in car accidents every single year. Unsurprisingly the severity of these injuries can vary wildly from cuts, scrapes, and strains to broken bones, internal bleeding, and more. Musculoskeletal injuries are some of the most common injuries sustained in a car accident.
The musculoskeletal system is the network of bones, muscles, ligaments, and other connective tissues that enable us to stand up and move around. Unfortunately, many of the injuries that affect the musculoskeletal system after a car accident aren’t visible to the naked eye. The good news is that a chiropractor can detect them and recommend the right treatment before they start to cause you serious problems.
Immediately following an accident, most people experience a rush of adrenalin. Adrenalin is your body’s way to help you cope with the shock of the accident, but the ‘high’ that it causes can prevent you from realizing that you’ve been injured. Not only this, but because you aren’t aware that you’ve been hurt, you could inadvertently cause further damage. The best way to prevent further injury is to visit a chiropractor for assessment and any treatment that you need. This could help you to avoid unnecessary pain and suffering, time off of work, and even long-term pain and disability.
There are many different musculoskeletal injuries that can occur following a car accident. Two of the most common include:
Whiplash. Whiplash happens when the force of the impact in your car accident causes your head to whip back and forth or from side to side very quickly and without warning. Whiplash can occur even in smaller impacts, and when it happens, extreme stress is placed on the neck and upper part of your spine. You can also experience micro-tears in the muscles and connective tissues. The symptoms of whiplash often don’t appear until 24-48 hours after an accident.
Fortunately, chiropractic care is one of the best treatments for whiplash. Your chiropractor will focus on reducing the inflammation affecting your neck and cervical spine, easing your discomfort, and improving the mobility in your neck and shoulders so that you can move around without pain. There are several chiropractic techniques that are effective including spinal adjustments, stretches, trigger point massage, and hot or cold compresses.
Herniated disc. A herniated disc occurs when one or more of the intervertebral discs that are found between the bones of the spine either crack and the internal jelly leaks out, or the disc itself collapses and slips out of place. When this happens, the herniated disc can irritate the surrounding nerves and other spinal structures, as well as place them under pressure. Both can result in back pain, inflammation, and mobility issues.
Chiropractic treatment is excellent for herniated discs since it revolves around the alignment of the spine. Using the most well-known chiropractic technique of spinal manipulation, your chiropractor can realign your spine to reduce the pressure being placed on the herniated disc, guiding it back into the correct position so that your symptoms are relieved. And with regular appointments, chiropractic treatment can help reduce the risk of further herniations in the future.
Undergoing chiropractic treatment following a car accident can help to ease your pain, speed up the healing process and accelerate your recovery. For more information about why it’s important to see a chiropractor after a car accident, visit Active Family Chiropractic in Tempe, Arizona. Call (602) 712-9444 to schedule an appointment today.