When you or one of your loved ones have been involved in a car accident, consulting a chiropractor is a good idea. Any body part that is jarred or thrown forward unexpectedly and beyond normal limits can sustain stretched ligaments and even tears. Since chiropractors specialize in the care of bones, muscles, nerves and connective tissue, they are crucial to visit after an accident. All those major parts of the body are important to keep in optimal health and correct alignment so they can function properly and all body systems can operate seamlessly.
One of the most common injuries from a car crash is the destructive effect of whiplash. Whiplash occurs when a sudden, jolting movement of the head is sustained. Ligaments supporting the head and neck are especially vulnerable to tearing during a collision. The backward, forward or even side-to-side jarring movement of whiplash destabilizes the spine and causes severe pain.
You should consider visiting a chiropractor if you experience:
• Arm pain
• Blurred vision
• Decreased range of motion in the neck
• Low back pain
• Neck pain
• Neck stiffness
• Shoulder pain
Allowing the effects of whiplash to go untreated can induce long-term pain, which makes it critical that chiropractic care is sought immediately after an automobile accident. The seriousness of the physical effects of an accident is not always known or felt immediately following a car accident. It can take days, weeks or even months for major symptoms to show up, making chiropractic care is essential to maintaining the health of a spine that has been through a trauma.
Even a car crash that appears minor with limited damage to the car itself can cause serious injury to the driver and passengers. Early care and treatment means full healing and recovery is quickly realized. Chiropractic treatments are a crucial step toward restoring the body. They relieve pain, make necessary adjustments to spine alignment and may include massage or foam roller techniques. Beyond treatment, advice for optimal nutrition, as well as exercises to continue healing on your own after appointments, are just a few examples of the way the chiropractors at Advanced Health Chiropractic and Massage Center care for the whole individual after an accident.