Chiropractic Care for Auto Injuries
You may think of car accident injuries on a spectrum of extremes that include 'fender benders' with no injuries and then terrible accidents that lead to tragic fatalities. The truth is that every year, 4.4 million Americans are injured badly enough in a car accident that they require rehabilitation following the incident. Being involved in a car accident can have long-lasting effects on those who are injured, but your chiropractor can be a pivotal member of your healthcare team as you work to restore function and alleviate pain. In this blog post, we discuss the ways chiropractic treatment supports recovery from whiplash, neck pain, back pain, and other injuries following a car accident.
Chiropractors can restore your range of motion
Aside from pain, one of the first issues you might notice following an accident is limited range of motion. Perhaps you can't turn your head both ways or lift your arm above your shoulder, for example. Chiropractors restore range of motion by identifying the root cause of the limited range of motion and correcting it when possible. In most cases, a misalignment is to blame and a gentle adjustment or a series of adjustments restores your range of motion.
Chiropractors can help you prevent the formation of scar tissue
Once you've been injured, scar tissue begins to form at the location of the injury. This can be troublesome in that it can cause both pain and limited range of motion. The more you move the injured muscle or joint, the less likely scar tissue is to form. Chiropractic treatment aims to keep the joint mobile, preventing the formation of scar tissue. For those who seek chiropractic treatment after scar tissue has formed, your chiropractor can help break it up to restore range of motion and reduce pain.
Chiropractors can help you avoid high-risk interventions
Your chiropractor offers non-invasive treatments in hopes of helping you avoid high-risk treatments, like opioid prescriptions and surgery, later on. In most cases, the sooner you start chiropractic treatment for your injuries, the less likely you are to develop problems that will require invasive or high-risk treatment.
Chiropractors help reduce your pain
Likely the most impactful benefit for anyone recovering from a life-altering car accident is pain reduction. If you've been in a collision and you're in pain, your chiropractor's primary goal is to relieve your pain. Spinal adjustments can relieve back and neck pain, but they also impact other parts of the body so you feel the benefits from head to toe. Most importantly, chiropractic treatment can relieve future pain by immediately addressing some of the most common culprits of chronic and debilitating pain, like low back pain caused by an auto injury.
Chiropractors address the injuries that don't show up on x-ray images
Car accidents cause microtears to your muscles and ligaments, and while these microscopic tears won't show up on an x-ray, they can cause severe pain for the victim. As a result, car accident victims often go to the emergency room after an accident, reporting severe pain, only to learn that there are no evident injuries - leaving them confused and without the treatment they need. Chiropractors understand that microtears cause inflammation and pain, and work to reduce inflammation throughout your body, reducing your pain.
Schedule your consultation with an Anchorage, AK, Chiropractor today
Suffering from pain and limited range of motion after a major or minor car accident? The time is now to see a chiropractor in Anchorage who specializes in helping the victims of car accidents restore mobility and recover from pain without surgery. The team at Ireland Clinic of Chiropractic, LLC, understands the seriousness of both the visible and "invisible" injuries caused by car accidents and is here to help.
Contact us today to take the first step toward complete healing from your injuries. Our only goal is your best health.