There are more than 6 million car accidents in the United States every year, with a huge number of these resulting in anything from mild to severe and even life-threatening injuries. Many of those patients that sustain a minor injury as a result of a car accident are never actually recorded in official figures. This is often because many of the lesser injuries that occur do not cause visible harm and do not become apparent until hours, days or even weeks after the accident.
There are many different musculoskeletal injuries that can be sustained in a car accident. Some of the most commonly seen by chiropractors include the following:
- Strains and sprains
- Muscle, tendon and ligament tears
- Fractured bones
- Herniated discs
- Spinal cord damage
Identifying that you have experienced any injury isn’t always easy, particularly as any of the symptoms of a musculoskeletal injury appear gradually and may seem to be unrelated to the typical injuries you may expect from a car accident. Things to look out for include:
- Difficulty moving as normal
- Strange sensations in limbs and extremities
Fortunately, if you experience any of these issues, chiropractic care can help to resolve your symptoms and restore your body and mind to full health.
Chiropractic care is the use of body manipulations, manual adjustment techniques and massages to bring the musculoskeletal system back into proper alignment. In doing so, inflammation is reduced and blood flow around the body is restored which helps injuries to heal much more quickly than they might otherwise. Patients may avoid the need for medications and surgical procedures and may not be reliant on pain medications to help them to cope with discomfort while their body heals.
In addition to expedited healing and helping patients to manage pain associated with their injury, chiropractic care also has a number of other benefits following a car accident. One of the next most important is the restoration of joint mobility and function. Again, this primarily arises as a result of the reduction in inflammation that is a side effect of chiropractic care. By reducing inflammation, joints become less restricted and less painful to try and move. Subsequently, patients may be able to regain full range of motion much more quickly and with minimal need for physical therapy.
Other benefits associated with chiropractic care include:
- Improved nerve function, particularly in those extremities that were adversely affected by nerve damage as a result of the car accident
- A reduction in tension and stress in the body and mind, enabling psychological as well as physical healing
- Increased energy
- Improved quality of sleep
- Balanced moods
- A faster return to your usual daily life
If you have been in a car accident and would like to find out more about how chiropractic care can help you to recover faster, please contact Utah Health Center today.