Accidents and injuries can occur at any time. From slips, falls and crush injuries at work or home to the estimated 3 million people in the U.S. who are injured in a car accident each year, there are many different types of injury. Some may require immediate medical attention while others may let you walk away feeling unharmed, only to discover days or weeks later that they have sustained a non-visible injury that later causes them pain and other debilitating symptoms.
If you have been involved in any type of accident where your body has sustained a degree of force, it is advisable to visit a chiropractor as soon as you can. They will be able to assess you for non-visible injuries to your musculoskeletal system that could cause you problems in the future if they aren’t addressed. Better still, they can arrange for the treatment you need to ensure that you don’t suffer any long-term effects from your accident.
Here are the top 5 reasons why you should see a chiropractor following an accident.
As we know, not all injuries that are sustained after an accident are visible or noticeable, particularly if they affect the musculoskeletal system. Pain or mobility problems could occur days or even weeks later, and if you are moving around with an injury, you run the risk of making it worse. Chiropractors are specialists in identifying disorders and injuries affecting the musculoskeletal system and will be able to undertake a thorough assessment of your body to determine what issues you are experiencing and how best to resolve them. This could prevent long-term injury and associated difficulties.
Living with chronic discomfort or pain can be extremely debilitating. Nevertheless, many people are reluctant to take medications to help with this for fear that they could become addicted to them. Fortunately, chiropractic care offers patients a drug-free way to manage or even eliminate their pain. Chiropractic adjustments treat the cause of the discomfort, rather than just the symptoms and it is in doing this that patients can enjoy long-term relief from their discomfort.
Inflammation and internal scarring are two very common problems faced by people who have been involved in accidents. Both of these are very natural responses by the body, but inflammation can cause pain and mobility issues while excessive scar tissue formation can also restrict the movement of certain areas of the body, causing long-term mobility problems. Chiropractic care helps to increase the flow of oxygenated blood around the body so that it can get to the sites that need to heal, reducing the amount of inflammation there. Meanwhile, chiropractic manipulations help to break up any areas of excessive scar tissue formation so that your body heals with a full range of movement and no restrictions. This could also help to speed up your recovery.
Although they may not be the most obvious symptoms associated with musculoskeletal injuries, headaches and migraines are extremely common, particularly amongst those patients who have been involved in a car accident and suffered from whiplash. Whiplash is where the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the neck are suddenly hyperextended, causing tears and other damage which triggers significant pain and movement problems. Some chiropractic techniques, including those which are more relaxing such as massage, have shown to be very beneficial in helping to counteract ongoing issues with headaches and migraines.
While not all injuries will automatically mean a legal case, there are plenty whereby the patient is not at fault and where they seek to file a claim against the party which was to blame for the accident, be that an individual or a business. Many chiropractors work closely with personal injury lawyers and other legal professionals to help patients achieve a satisfactory resolution to their complaints, such as medical care paid for by the at-fault party’s insurance company.
If you have been involved in an accident and would like to know more about chiropractic care, please contact us today. Our experienced and knowledgeable team would be happy to help.