Seeing a Chiropractor After a Car Accident
Why You Should See a Chiropractor After a Car Accident
Have you been in a car accident and are experiencing pain or stiffness, even after weeks or months from the event? Although car accidents differ in severity from patient to patient, and as such, symptoms vary between cases, recovering from an accident can be a long and stressful process. Both mentally and physically. Visiting your chiropractor can help you heal faster and feel better.
So what exactly can a chiropractor do for injuries resulting from car accidents?
After a strong impact, the acceleration-deceleration mechanism of energy transfers to the muscles, ligaments, neck joints, and other spinal areas, which can be extremely traumatic.
Chiropractic care has been shown to alleviate pain and speed up healing while also preventing potential future problems. Anticipating future issues is essential because after a car accident you can be left with underlying problems or muscle blockages that do not always show up immediately.
Chiropractic Care Treatment Methods
Unlike Chiropractic treatment, Western medicine often focuses on treating symptoms rather than looking at how the body is functioning as a whole. We know that taking a holistic approach helps the body heal faster, preventing accident injuries from leaving a long-term impact on health.
Your chiropractor also knows that after a car accident, symptoms don’t always show up immediately. And when they do, it can be difficult to find the complex, often interconnected, causes of the pain.
When visiting us in our Los Gatos chiropractic practice, the diagnosis of your problems will begin with a thorough assessment of your condition and the involved car accident.
We will start by performing a series of investigations to understand the severity of your injuries. The information from your tests will help your chiropractor create a tailored treatment plan that will address your specific needs.
What We Can Treat
Depending on the severity of your motor vehicle injury and your recovery goals, your chiropractor can help you with the following:
- Musculoskeletal pain, including back and neck pain
- Tension in your soft tissues (ligaments, tendons, muscles)
- Migraine and tension-type headaches
- Spine injuries
- Stiff joints
- Post-operative pain, in case your injuries required surgery
- Insomnia, which is commonly reported after car accidents
- Chronic pain
Chiropractors also take into account how nutrition and the environment affect our health. And since posture during daily activities, work, and sleep can delay your recovery after a car accident, your chiropractor will often suggest wellness care ways to improve your spinal alignment. You will also learn how to use heat or cold and exercises that will help you maintain the results of your chiropractic treatment.