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How Soon After a Car Accident Should I See a Chiropractor?


Car accidents are among the most common causes of injuries in the United States. Although official records estimate that around 3 million adults suffer a car collision-related injury each year, many that are less serious go unreported which means that the true number could be significantly higher. Although there are lots of different types of injuries that can occur as a result of a car accident, the vast majority involve the body being subjected to extreme forces. Often, this causes significant damage to the musculoskeletal system – the network of bones, muscles, and connective tissues that enables us to stand, sit and move around. Unsurprisingly, any injuries affecting the musculoskeletal system will have a considerable impact on the patient, causing a range of unpleasant symptoms that range from pain to mobility problems.


Types of musculoskeletal injury following a car accident

There are many different types of musculoskeletal injuries that can occur following a car accident. These include:

-  Strains

-  Sprains

- Muscle, tendon and ligament tears

- Fractures

- Dislocations

- Herniated discs

- Damage to the spinal cord


Unsurprisingly, the severity of such injuries can vary immensely between individuals. However, since they all happen internally, you may not realize that you have been affected right away. In fact, many people walk away from car accidents with what they consider to be little to no injury, only to later suffer from symptoms hours, days, or even weeks later that indicate damage to their musculoskeletal system.


Why do symptoms of musculoskeletal injuries take time to appear?

Adrenaline is the primary reason why injuries of this type take time to appear. The shock of being involved in an accident causes a surge of adrenaline and epinephrine which increases your heart rate and pushes up your blood pressure but reduces your body’s ability to feel pain. This means that your pain could be masked for a number of hours until the adrenaline and epinephrine leave your body again.


Other types of musculoskeletal injury do not become apparent until later because they affect specific muscles, bones, or connective tissues and it isn’t until you try to use them that you become aware that they have been injured.


Schedule an appointment with a chiropractor as soon as you can following a car accident

Experts recommend that people who have been involved in a car accident schedule an appointment with a chiropractor as soon as they can following their collision. Chiropractors are specifically trained in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of conditions and injuries affecting the musculoskeletal system. This means that your chiropractor will be able to evaluate your body and detect any underlying injuries right away – before they have a chance to cause you pain or any other debilitating symptoms.


The primary goal of chiropractic care is to make adjustments to the spine so that the rest of the musculoskeletal system is in better alignment. This will reduce pressure on the nervous system and restore the natural flow of oxygenated blood around the body, improving the rate at which injuries can heal and ensuring that all body systems are functioning optimally. This is done using a series of different techniques, from spinal adjustments to massage therapy.


Some of the key benefits of seeing a chiropractor following a car accident include:


- Natural pain relief

-  Release of tension and stress

-  Improved circulation

-  Better joint mobility

-  Easier movement

-  Increased energy

-  Improved sleep

-  Faster recovery


For more information on how chiropractic care can help you to recover following a car accident, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our knowledgeable Utah chiropractor or go online and search a car accident chiropractor near me today.

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