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The Benefits of Chiropractic Care after an Auto Accident

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Car accidents frequently occur on a daily basis. A majority of them are not severe, however, some can involve bruises, fractures and other types of injuries alongside car damages. Automobile accidents are unfortunate circumstances, unfortunately resulting unexpectedly in most common cases. Auto accident can be both physically and mentally troublesome. It is an overwhelming situation and can give long lasting mental and physical trauma to the people involved. Once an individual has suffered an auto collision, the first and most important step that a person needs to take should be to visit a doctor.

The most common type of car accident that many people face is where both involved parties seem to be either not injured at all or only have minor injuries. There may not be any visible wounds, cuts or bleeding but there may indeed be an underlying injury from inside and that can be quite serious. Individuals who believe they do not have to visit a doctor because there is no injury or the injury is minor, could be making a big mistake. Injuries that are caused internally can get worse over time if left untreated. And thus, immediate treatment is ultimately essential. 

Visiting a Doctor Immediately

Many people experience traffic collisions where there are no visible cuts or wounds and they ignore the need to visit a doctor. Generally, an individual may not feel any pain just after the accident due to a heavy rush of adrenaline. After 24 hours, people can begin to feel the symptoms of the incident, from neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, dizziness etc. Therefore, seeking immediate medical care and treatment after the car accident is important in order to diagnose the cause of the individual’s symptoms.

If a person wants to file a personal injury lawsuit, they will need medical documents from a health expert to prove the fact of an injury. Without a strong backing of medical documents to prove this, no lawyer will be ready to take your case. If you have an insurance or personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, then you can consult with your doctor to know whether you can use it to cover your medical bills. Then consult with your insurance company. Even if the insurance company, under certain circumstances, denies paying for your medical costs, do not step back from getting the treatment you need and require. 

Common Underlying Injuries

Invisible injuries resulting from an auto accident, considered invisible injuries as these are not visible or felt immediately, can manifest until days, weeks and even months after the original incident. In this type of injuries, the soft tissues are affected. The soft tissues are best described as muscles, tendons and ligaments, or any tissue that is not bone. The most common type of soft tissue injuries resulting from a car accident is whiplash. Whiplash can become considerably painful if left untreated for prolonged periods of time.

Because whiplash can take days, weeks or even months to appear after the car accident, many people are unaware of the damage to their bodies. Whiplash is caused when the head suddenly jerks to and forth during the force of an accident. This huge impact adds tremendous pressure on the ligaments of the neck, causing a sprained neck and leading to many symptoms. A whiplash-type injury undoubtedly hinders your daily activities. This can be extremely painful and life changing. In order to treat whiplash, you need to visit a chiropractor for proper care and treatment.

Symptoms of Whiplash

At the time of the accident, the body remains firmly held by the seatbelt under the extreme force of the impact. Because of this, the majority of the force of the impact travels through the neck, frequently leading to whiplash. As mentioned above, the symptoms may not be visible for days, weeks, or even months but usually, these can manifest within 24 to 48 hours following the car accident. Some of the most common symptoms of whiplash include; pain in the neck, inflammation, tingling and numbness sensations, headaches, shoulder and arm pain, jaw pain, mid and lower back pain, nausea, loss of concentration, dizziness and depression. The symptoms depend largely on the individual’s degree of injury.

Whiplash Treatment 

Immediately after experiencing a car accident, it’s important to consult medical care to diagnose for any types of injuries or conditions, especially from a car accident specialist, such as a chiropractor. Whiplash are considered to be the most common type of injuries that a person faces in a car accident and chiropractors are experts who can help cure these type of problems. Whiplash treatment generally depends on the intensity of the injury. Because of the sudden back and forth movement of the neck, tremendous strain can result on the soft tissues of the neck. Thus, the tendons and ligaments are often the most affected. The healthcare professional will first evaluate the spine fully. Then, they will look for any significant injuries in the region of the spine. 

The main injury may not be in the vertebrae near the neck but can occur anywhere else. A proper diagnosis can help a chiropractor determine the source of an injury as well as identify the area of tightness or tenderness. Using various therapies, he will reduce the inflammation in the neck. A chiropractor can use a series of different treatments and therapies, most appropriately suited to each individual’s injuries or conditions to correct a variety of complications. Hands-on techniques and/or instrument-assisted techniques are both used by chiropractors to treat individuals efficiently. This will help you restore the normal function of your spine and eventually reduce the pain and inflammation as well.

Chiropractic Care and Treatment

Although whiplash is common, there can be many more complications following an automobile accident. Regardless, just because the individual experienced absolutely no symptoms after suffering an auto collision, it is not necessarily guaranteed that there is no presence of harm. A variety of other internal injuries may occur which can remain undiagnosed and untreated, simply because they were not initially visible. Injuries or conditions that are not cared for properly can cause pain and other symptoms, eventually developing into chronic disorders which can create further complications for the affected individual.

Therefore, if you need immediate care and treatment from a single or multiple complications caused during an unexpected car accident, it’s essential to seek the best care from a qualified chiropractor in order to overcome the pain and problems related to these injuries. The limited mobility, swollen areas and neck stiffness, among others, are some of the biggest problems that a person faces after a car accident. Foremost, you need to make sure that you get the right treatment and care from a chiropractor with enough experience and knowledge dealing with automobile accident injuries and cases. These are often very sensitive cases for people and it has to be handled by the best, most qualified healthcare professionals, whose interest involved the overall wellness of the individual.

Chiropractors: Spine Specialists

Chiropractors are health care professionals who take care of neuromuscular disorders and other types of injuries or conditions surrounding the spine and its structures. The treatments used by these healthcare professionals completely differ from many traditional treatments. Chiropractors perform natural, alternative therapies, including manual adjustments and manipulations of the spine. These chiropractic treatments can help reduce pain and gradually improve the functionality of the patients as well. With numerous other therapies, exercises and ergonomics, an individual can find relieve for their neck and back pain effectively.

When there is a problem with the structure of the spine or with soft tissues, chiropractic care can be a successful and effective cure for many complications. With the professionals use of their hands and other instruments, chiropractors apply pressure on the spine in order to restore and re-align its structure, adjusting the spine to its original position or form which can often become misaligned due to the sudden whiplash a person suffers after a car accident. 

How Chiropractic Works

Why do You Need Chiropractic Treatment?

Chiropractic care helps restore the structural integrity of the spine. Furthermore, it helps to reduce the stress and pressure on the sensitive neurological tissues surrounding the spine. If you or your loved ones have been involved in a car accident, it’s often recommended to seek chiropractic treatment to diagnose any injuries or conditions involving the spine, ultimately helping to improve the individual’s overall health. Chiropractic care is also beneficial for relieving back pain, lower back pain, and neck pain caused by other types of injuries or conditions. Chiropractors are musculoskeletal who specialize in the process to access and treat issues related to the individual’s muscles, nerves, joints, connective tissues, and other structures around the spine. The body tends to respond to any injuries caused by car accidents, or other accidents, with inflammation to the surrounding area. The region may also become more sensitive to pain. Occasionally, chiropractors may recommend remaining immobile for the first 48 hours to 72 hours after suffering a car accident. 

Finding The Best Healthcare Professional

Before seeking the professional help of any doctor, it’s crucial to do some research in order to find the best healthcare provider in your area. Our chiropractic offices are a leading source of chiropractic treatments and care, provided by experienced professional focusing on car accident injuries and many other types of complications relating to the spine and its structures.
For those individuals experiencing neck pain, back pain, and other symptoms, we give utter priority to our patients. We know and understand how sensitive these cases can be, especially when a person suffered an emotional and physical injury from a car accident. We take the best care of our patients and help treat their problems effectively. Be it pain management after the accident or whiplash treatment, we take each and every case with absolute seriousness. 

Undoubtedly, if you or a loved one is involved in an auto accident, the complications and hardships they face can be a traumatic experience for many. In order to make sure whether or not there is a serious injury, both internal or external, its recommended to seek the most recommended form of treatment for your specific injuries. A variety of chiropractors and other healthcare professionals are ready to assist those in need in the best possible way by finding a proper diagnosis and following up with the required treatments to rehabilitate the individual, restoring their original mobility and flexibility, as well as decreasing their symptoms of pain and discomfort, ultimately improving their lifestyle.

When there’s been a clear injury or an underlying complication has manifested a variety of symptoms, seek medical care as soon as possible and do not delay treatment in order to avoid further issues and avoid worsening symptoms. Whether it’s a neck injury, back or lower back injury or shoulder injury, a chiropractor can provide the best care and treatment for each individual’s needs and requirements. If you’ve developed chronic symptoms of neck pain or other forms of discomfort, you can still seek treatment to restore the original function of your body and relieve your long-lasting symptoms.

By Dr. Alex Jimenez

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