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Why You Should See a Chiropractor After an Auto Accident

woman on cell phone after car accidentFrom getting rear-ended driving home from work or experiencing a parking lot fender bender, your body has experienced trauma—regardless of how fast you were travelling. Many people believe that if they weren’t driving at a high speed and their car didn’t sustain much damage, then they’re okay. That’s not necessarily the case.

The Importance of Seeking Care Promptly

If you sustain an injury, the body goes into a protective stance, and the inflammatory response happens. When that occurs, you end up with stiffness quicker. Through chiropractic care, we can restore function, reduce inflammation faster, and subsequently alleviate pain. The sooner you can seek chiropractic care after an injury or accident, the faster we can promote the healing process and help reeducate the muscles.

‘But I don’t have any pain’

Many people forgo getting checked because they aren’t in pain right after an accident. Even for people who haven’t had pain, it’s still good to get checked out. With adrenaline kicking in during an accident, it can take time to see injuries. A chiropractor can detect those injuries before the patient even knows about it.

Many times patients come to us, and we examine their films, and we can identify an area of stress. Our doctors may say, “You were in an accident. How long ago was it?” If a patient doesn’t get prompt treatment, you can see the evidence of the injury. The patient may say, “It hurt for a day or two five years ago when I got rear-ended, but now it’s been fine.” What we find years later is evidence of arthritis or degenerative change in the injured area that went untreated.

The Value of Preventative Care

Regular chiropractic care can keep your spine aligned and allow you to heal faster if you do get injured. For example, a patient who recently got adjusted might get rear-ended on the way home or the next day. But, because chiropractic allows the joints to function how they are meant to and the body to work optimally, their recovery is much faster, and they get a better response.

A Patient Success Story

One of our patients was sitting still in her car and a bus backed into her. The woman’s head was turned slightly, and her neck had sustained some ligament damage. This patient had terrible headaches and migraines. After getting chiropractic, however, she experienced fewer migraines. Although her lower back was hurting, it was able to heal and the patient was able to pick up her granddaughter again.

Seeking chiropractic care after an auto injury like this patient can lessen the likelihood of needing pharmaceutical pain relief.

Don’t Delay Seeking Care

If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, contact us today to book an appointment. Given our ability to take X-rays and perform other assessments, we can determine what’s wrong and help you get on the path to healing.

The sooner you see us the greater likelihood you’ll heal quicker and reduce your chance of experiencing arthritis or chronic pain.

If you have a more complex case, and we feel you can benefit from care elsewhere, we can make a referral.


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