Auto Injury Relief

If you have been injured in an auto accident, you’re not alone. In 2018, over 400,000 motor vehicle accidents were reported in the state of Florida. You might be just feeling a little stiff, sore, or experiencing no discomfort at all. However, you could be injured to a deeper extent than you currently realize. Injuries that arise from car accidents can be very sneaky and appear later on in life. This can be the case with soft tissue injuries, herniated discs, nerve damage, whiplash, and other types of injury.

When thousands of pounds of force are exerted onto your body during an auto accident, the damage can run deep. The surrounding soft tissue, joints, ligaments, and discs can be damaged. Sometimes symptoms don’t present themselves right away, but a trusted chiropractor will be able to spot these issues early.

If you’re suffering from an auto accident, you might be surprised to learn that chiropractic care can provide a drug-free way to relieve your pain. Where traditional medicine generally relies on medication to cover up pain symptoms, chiropractic treatment addresses the underlying injury, whether it is spinal or whiplash. Painkillers provide immediate relief to the patients, but they do not offer a long-term solution when it comes to managing the pain. In addition, medication does not do much in terms of helping patients regain lost mobility after spine or whiplash injury. Chiropractic adjustments can not only relieve pressure on the muscles and nerves, but it can also bring alignment back to the spine. Additional therapies, such as corrective exercise, can help bring back the body’s full range of motion.

Here are some benefits of seeing a chiropractor after an auto accident:

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1. Chiropractic Can Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is a common consequence of physical injury. While some amount of inflammation is normal and indicates your body’s attempts to heal itself, too much can be harmful to your tissues and can cause discomfort. When a chiropractor performs an adjustment, your body may respond by cutting back on its inflammatory cytokine production, which can lower the inflammatory response in your body and reduce pain.

Inflammatory pain presents in different ways than mechanical pain. Symptoms of excessive inflammation in the spine include stiffness and pain that increase after periods of inactivity. If your pain is due to inflammation, you will most likely feel the most pain when you first wake in the morning.

2. Chiropractic Helps to Minimize Pain

Many people suffer ongoing back pain,  neck pain, and other chronic conditions following an auto accident. Chiropractic treatment gets to the root of the problem. The therapy sessions manipulate the body and help to naturally restore the range of movement.  Your chiropractor will also give you exercises to help strengthen the involved muscles which can help prevent pain from recurring.

3. Restore Range of Motion

When you are injured in a car accident, your neck or back can lose flexibility. Loss of flexibility can lead to the development of scar tissue and/or inflammation. A chiropractic adjustment can restore range of motion by mobilizing your spine and returning the joints to proper alignment.

4. Reduce Scar Tissue

It is normal for scar tissue to develop after a car accident injury. When muscles or tendons are damaged, the body attempts to heal them by forming scar tissue from collagen. Unfortunately, scar tissue can cause long-term pain and stiffness. A chiropractor can use specific techniques to help break the scar tissue up so the area can heal faster.

5. Experience Non-Invasive Treatment

Most people want to avoid surgery after a car accident if possible. However, if you wait too long to treat your injuries, surgery could end up being your only option. Chiropractic treatments are non-invasive and align the spine without surgical intervention. If you visit a chiropractor for treatment soon after your injury, you may be able to reduce your chances of requiring surgery in the future.

If you are suffering from an auto accident injury–regardless of whether it was a “fender bender” or a major crash–don’t wait to deal with your pain. Prompt chiropractic care will help support your body’s natural healing process and help you avoid a lifetime of chronic pain or other health problems.