Posted on: 12 September 2022
In most cases, if you are injured in a car accident, it is a good idea to go to urgent care or the emergency room. But after you've ruled out serious injuries, you may still be left with some nagging issues that require less-immediate care. Some of those injuries can be treated by a chiropractor. Take a look at common car accident injuries that chiropractors can help manage and treat.
Does your neck feel sore and tight after your accident? Chances are, you have whiplash. This is a complex condition in which the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your neck become strained after your neck whips forward and then back. In some cases, the accident may even force your cervical spine — the spine in your neck — out of alignment. Whiplash can linger for months, especially if you are not proactive in treating it.
Chiropractors can treat whiplash very effectively. They'll start by realigning your spine, which will take some pressure off the muscles and ligaments. This will ease your discomfort and allow these tissues to heal. They may also do some massage or recommend that you apply cold compresses to your neck.
It's common for people to have a sore back after a car accident. This can come from your body being bent, swiftly, into an odd posture when the car makes an impact. The movement can pull one or more of your vertebrae out of alignment. Some people manage their post-accident back pain with pain relievers and rest, but it doesn't get much better because they're not addressing the root cause: misaligned vertebrae.
A chiropractor will adjust your spine, which will relieve this pain and discomfort more permanently. They may recommend you come in for several adjustments, a week or two apart, for continued relief. Another treatment they often use is percussive massage. By using a special "gun" that applies percussion over the muscles in the back, they can increase circulation to the area and break up scar tissue. Not only can this give you instant relief, but it will speed up the healing of any injured soft tissues in your back.
If you've been in a car accident, it's worth seeing a chiropractor about any back pain or neck pain you're struggling with. They can use non-invasive, hands-on treatments to ease your pain not only in the moment, but also more permanently in the weeks or months after your crash.
For more info, reach out to an auto injury chiropractor.Share