Being involved in an automobile accident is a scary experience and if you or a loved one has experienced an auto accident injury, the fear of experiencing a life-time of pain resulting from the accident can be terrifying. Damage to the spinal cord, whiplash, concussions and a herniated disk are all some of the most common types of auto accident injuries. The severity of these injuries can range from minor discomfort to prolonged and painful conditions. If you were involved in an automobile accident that resulted in some type of injury, along with visiting your family doctor or specialist, you should also consider consulting with your chiropractor in Washington. Here are just a few of the ways chiropractic care is beneficial for those who are suffering from auto accident injuries.
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Injuries caused by auto accidents must be taken care of as soon as possible. Research shows that even a 5 MPH car accident can cause microfractures in the spine. Auto accidents affect the spine in many different ways including whiplash injuries to the neck and low back, which can lead to headaches, neck or low back pain, and even nerve-related issues in the arms and legs.
Sometimes these symptoms aren’t felt for 7 to 10 years following a car accident. By then, the damage has already set in and can cause longterm effects that could have been prevented with care following the accident.
Our office treats many patients as a result of trauma due to car accidents. Many times the at-fault insurance company or Med Pay on your auto insurance policy can be used for treatment with no out-of-pocket expense to you.
The muscles and ligaments that make your spine can experience small tears and/or be stretched during a car crash. This damage to the tissues may cause the area to become tender and inflamed. Many people don’t feel the discomfort of the crash immediately, but the following day they will experience stiffness and pain in the neck or back. These symptoms are often the result of inflammation that is a natural response to the injury, such as the result of whiplash. Chiropractic adjustments can help your body release anti-inflammatory interleukin, which is an essential substance your body creates to help heal minor injuries.
Once your body has healed the injuries to your tendons, muscles and ligaments, scar tissue develops. Scar tissue is cells that are similar to the original damaged tissue, but they “find their place” rapidly and randomly in order to repair the damaged areas. Scar tissue in certain areas, such as on a large muscle, it may be uncomfortable until it has been stretched out, but in most situations, it doesn’t cause long term problems. However, if scar tissue develops in certain areas, such as the ligaments in your back or neck, you aren’t able to stretch the scar tissue out in these areas, so the discomfort becomes more intense. Your chiropractor can focus on adjustments and stretches required for the specific areas of your spine that are fixated and stretch them out, ultimately breaking up the scar tissue and relieving your pain.
Chiropractic care for an auto accident injury is considered by many to be one of the best ways to promote natural healing. Your chiropractor can provide treatments that not only help to restore the natural function of your spine, which allows injured tissues to heal and become pain-free, but their treatments are natural, drug-free and surgery-free.
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