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Posted on 10-30-2017
Any time you’re involved in a car accident, whether you think you’ve been seriously injured or not, it’s important to seek professional care from a chiropractor as soon as possible. Many car accident injury symptoms don’t show up right away, and the majority of people involved in even minor collisions sustain some level of whiplash injury. These injuries can easily develop into long-term problems if not treated properly, but by seeking out appropriate treatment early, you can greatly increase your chances of a full recovery.
Whiplash is the most common type of car accident injury treated by chiropractors, and it’s referred to in medical terms as the cervical acceleration-deceleration syndrome. The name comes from the movement that causes the injury, which is the rapid snapping of the head forward and backward, as frequently occurs in various types of motor vehicle collisions.
This kind of movement can cause damage both to the structure of the spine and the surrounding soft tissues, leading to symptoms like neck pain, tingling in the extremities, headaches, stiffness in the neck and shoulders, and decreased or limited range of motion in the neck region.
While many patients involved in car accidents have some type of whiplash injury, these are not the only problems a chiropractor can treat. Sprains, strains, herniated discs and misalignments throughout the spine are all conditions resulting from car accident injuries that can be successfully treated through professional and comprehensive chiropractic care.
When you visit a chiropractor for treatment for your car accident injury, they’ll first complete a thorough physical exam, paying special attention to the injured area, but also assessing the entire musculoskeletal system to determine if there are any other issues that need to be addressed.
After completing this evaluation, your chiropractor may perform spinal manipulation and adjustments, as well as other techniques designed to relieve pain and help the soft tissues around the spine heal. This can involve a variety of treatments including spinal decompression and laser therapy when appropriate.
Your first car accident chiropractor visits will be geared towards reducing your pain and promoting healing in the immediate area of the injury. In order to maintain the progress you’ve made in these in-office sessions, however, your chiropractor will show you some stretches and exercises to do at home.
Combined with routine follow-up visits for maintenance spinal adjustments, this type of comprehensive treatment plan can lead to greater mobility and less pain from your injury over the long term.
If you’d like to learn more about how you can benefit from chiropractic care for your whiplash injury, call our offices today at (253) 857-9100.
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