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Every day thousands of people are injured from auto accidents, ranging from small fender benders to very severe wrecks. The injuries caused by a car accident can range from whiplash and dislocation to neck, back, and shoulder misalignment.
While traditional medicine prescribes rest and medication to treat the pain, swelling, and loss of function caused by these injuries, a more natural approach can provide just as much (if not more) relief with minimal side effects.
You may experience various symptoms, including a decreased range of motion, a nearly immobilizing crick, debilitating pain, trouble walking, and even weakness in your arms and legs.
Patients often experience a muscle strain in their lower back after an auto accident, but there are other potential issues at stake. Symptoms of back and spinal injuries include stiffness, soreness, decreased mobility, and inability to function normally.
Symptoms of whiplash may look similar to those of neck and back injuries, but whiplash takes everything to another painful and distressing level. Monitor yourself for neck pain; dizziness; inflammation; arm pain, numbness, or tingling; stiffness; reduced concentration and clear thought; TMJ or jaw pain; depression; spinal and disc issues; and lower back pain or stiffness.
Disc bulges and herniated discs are extremely common injuries after a car accident, usually taking between 6-12 months to fully heal. Consistent chiropractic treatment is incredibly effective at treating disc injuries without resorting to surgery.
Many of the injuries experienced during a car accident (such as micro-tears in the muscles) will not show up on an X-ray.
If you tell your doctor you are in pain, s/he can prescribe medication, but this doesn’t treat the root cause of the injury.
By returning the neck and spine to their proper alignment, chiropractic manipulation and adjustment reduces the strain put on your muscles, tendons, and ligaments as they overcompensate for the weakened vertebrae. This reduces both inflammation and pain caused by an auto accident.
A chiropractic adjustment can also increase blood circulation to the injured area. Increased blood flow speeds recovery time and enhances your range of motion so you can return to normal activity.
Chiropractic medicine doesn’t just treat the symptoms; it addresses
the underlying cause of your pain, without relying on addictive medications.