Did you know that every 60 seconds, one car accident occurs somewhere in the US? Las Vegas is no exeption.
This amounts to a total of 5.25 million traffic accidents each year, some of which can be life-threatening, while others seem to be completely harmless fender-benders.
The truth is, no car accident is a completely harmless fender-bender—even a small collision can result in physical and emotional stress, inflammation, fatigue, and a series of resulting headaches and migraines.
Fortunately, chiropractic care is uniquely equipped to treat the aftermath of a car accident. Because chiropractic care focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system, which comprises the nervous system, muscular system, and skeletal system, chiropractic is an invaluable tool in helping auto accident recovery. The neuromusculoskeletal system is often injured as a result of a traffic collision.
Below are several common injuries resulting from auto accidents, all of which can be successfully treated with chiropractic care:
- Shoulder or Collar Bone Pain
- Bruising to the shoulders and collarbones is common following an auto accident. In severe cases, impact of a collision can even fracture or break bones. In the event of a break or fraction, seek medical attention immediately.
- Slipped or Misaligned Ribs
- In the event of a slipped or misaligned rib, a chiropractor can help move it back into its original position, which provides substantial pain relief.
- Chronic Back or Neck Pain
- The impact of a collision from the front or back of a car can often cause pain in the back and neck by forcing misalignment. Collisions that occur from the side (t-bone, side-swipe, etc.) can create lateral back and neck pain for the same reason.
- Herniated Discs
- A herniated disc occurs when the soft, compressible tissue of the inner spinal canal is forced out of place, causing it to inflame and irritate local nerves. Chiropractic care can help return the disc to its original position and decrease inflammation of the nearby nerves which contribute to pain, numbness, and tingling.
- Ankle, Knee, or Foot Pain
- The feet, knees, and ankles can be injured as a result of a car or motorcycle accident. Outside of fractures and breaks, chiropractic care can help provide relief and rehabilitation for ankle, knee, and foot pain resulting from an auto accident.
- Chronic Residual Migraines
- If you’re experiencing migraines and headaches following a car accident, first confirm with your medical professional that you have not suffered any brain damage as a result of the collision. Your expert chiropractor can then appropriately treat you, examining the body for possible causes (like misalignment in the cervical spine) and addressing them directly.
- Whiplash and Spinal Misalignment
- Following an accident, your chiropractor can conduct a complete analysis to assess where the neck and spinal column have been injured. Once your chiropractor has identified the injured location(s), they can then provide the appropriate treatment. Treatment for your unique condition may include spinal traction to realign vertebrae and joints, an adjustment to restore nerve energy and connection, and at-home exercises that can help supplement your treatment remotely.