How to Heal After An Auto Accident
Car accidents can be traumatizing and painful, not just physically, but mentally as well. In the US alone, it’s estimated that 17 thousand car accidents happen each day across the country.
It’s not unusual for even small accidents to create long-lasting negative effects on the body. Impact injuries are not natural for the human anatomy, and when they happen, the body suffers significantly, even in minor cases. The good news is that chiropractic care can be a helpful and reparative therapy for the damage caused by car accidents. Because chiropractic is therapeutic on the bones and joints of the body, in addition to the nervous system and the muscles, chiropractic can address the exact same parts of the body that are typically targeted by the impact-related damage of an auto accident.
After a car accident, you may feel injuries directly, or your body may only feel strained and exhausted. In both cases, chiropractic can serve not only as a therapeutic intervention but as a precaution against future injuries, too.
Below are some of the many injuries that can occur as the result of an auto accident, as well as how chiropractic can help to rebalance the body after injury.
One of the best-known injuries resulting from a car accident is whiplash. But what is whiplash? Whiplash occurs when the head and neck are aggressively jerked from one direction to another. When whiplash occurs, muscle damage can immediately result. This can result in spasms, tears, knots, inflammation, and misalignment in the joints, tendons, and ligaments of the neck.
When the body undergoes whiplash during an accident, the nerves in the neck and back can face damage and injury. The back-and-forth motion of whiplash can cause compression and bruising to the nerves, and in rare cases, even severing. This can create residual pain and difficulty recovering even months or years after the accident.
Expert chiropractic can be very helpful in treating damage caused by whiplash in the cervical spine, where the neck is located. Chiropractic works on the nerves, muscles, and bones of the body, all of which are affected by whiplash. Chiropractic care can correct misalignment, soothe inflammation, and encourage the body to heal itself more effectively.
Just like with whiplash, the spine can become misaligned due to the impact that is caused by a car accident. When two cars meet on the road, the impact of the collision has to go somewhere. Oftentimes, the car (bumpers, typically) absorbs some of the shock of the impact. Unfortunately, the people in the vehicles often absorb the impact, too. When this happens, the skeletal structure, which is the hardest part of the body, often takes the brunt of that impact. When this happens, the bones and joints can be misaligned as they make contact with the airbag, seatbelt, and/or seat of the car.
Chiropractic is a treatment designed to address misalignment in the bones and joints, which makes it particularly effective following car accidents and treating misalignment that originates from injury. If you have persistent neck and/or back pain following a car accident, or are experiencing other unusual symptoms like numbness, tingling, etc., make an appointment at Advanced Spine and Posture of Midtown Las Vegas for pain relief and wellness care.
One of the body’s immediate defenses against impact, stress, and injury is muscle tension. The body often tenses the muscles as a reflex against perceived danger, and car accidents are no exception. Prior to or during the moment of impact, the muscles of the body are often tense, which can create severe muscle strain and pain in the entire musculature of the body.
After a car accident, it’s common to feel muscle aching, tension, stiffness, and pain in the neck, the shoulders, and the back. Even soreness in the limbs and extremities can occur.
At Advanced Spine and Posture of Midtown Las Vegas, expert chiropractors can help to reduce your muscle pain and distress with manual manipulation, heat therapy, adjustments, spinal traction, and a variety of other interventions designed specifically to treat your muscles directly.
Head and Neck Strain
If you’ve experienced head or neck strain (outside of severe head trauma, for which medical care should be sought immediately), chiropractic can be some of the most effective care for treating head and neck trauma. Oftentimes after a car accident, headaches, migraines, and abnormal neck discomfort can arise. These conditions are frequently related to the trauma of a car accident.
Your expert chiropractors at Advanced Spine and Posture of Midtown Las Vegas can utilize powerful diagnostic tools like x-rays, digital analyses, and a visual assessment to determine where head and neck strain is originating.
Chronic Back Pain
When it comes to back pain and car accidents, most people experience one of two kinds of back pain occurrences. In the first, back pain occurs immediately after the accident. The back pain can last, but it is usually intense and acute, resulting from soreness in the muscles. In the second, back pain may or may not arise immediately after the accident, but sets in days, weeks, or months after the accident. This type of pain is chronic and typically lasts until treated, which for many, is not for years, if ever.
If you’re experiencing chronic back pain that seems to have originated spontaneously, but you’ve had a car accident in the past, the car accident may have caused spinal misalignment. Misalignment can take time to cause pain, and generally worsens as months and years pass. During this time, nearby nerves can become inflamed, causing pain to become noticeable long after the initial accident.
Chiropractic care can be highly therapeutic and effective for the treatment of chronic back pain. By correcting the misalignment, irritated and inflamed nerves can be restored to their original function and relieve the discomfort caused by the accident.
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