Auto accidents aren’t always avoidable, and nobody is fully prepared to deal with the host of short and long-term problems that they can create. Besides all of the other hassles caused by a car accident, you may be dealing with injuries that can have a significant negative impact on your quality of life or your ability to do your job. There are many different kinds of treatment that can be used to recover from these sorts of injuries, and chiropractic care is one option that you should consider. Here are some questions that you can ask to determine if chiropractic treatment is right for you.
Was The Accident “Too Small?”
In the case of a serious collision or other road accident, most people understand the importance of seeking prompt medical treatment. This is especially true with accidents that have caused internal bleeding or head injuries. Emergency on-site first aid often leads directly to the hospital, followed by long-term recovery under the supervision of physicians.
Big accidents aren’t the only ones that can cause injuries, though! Even relatively minor “fender benders” and other incidents can cause damage. These are often referred to as soft tissue injuries. Without proper treatment, they can lead to significant (even permanent) damage down the road. In any car crash where the vehicle fails to absorb the entire force of an impact, that energy is transferred directly to the car’s occupants where it has the potential to cause serious harm. More than half of the spinal injuries that occur in car crashes are the result of “minor” accidents where the injured parties were initially unaware of the extent of their injuries.
Has The Accident Caused Pain?
Pain is supposed to be a warning signal from your body indicating that an injury has occurred. Thus, pain is a common and immediate result of a car accident. Painful, extensive, and life-threatening injuries that are immediately obvious in the aftermath of an accident obviously call for emergency medical care.
What if you come through an accident without any pain? That doesn’t mean that you’re not injured! Soft tissue injuries can develop over time, leading to the sudden appearance of pain weeks or even months after the accident. Treating these sorts of injuries can be much more difficult (and more expensive!) the longer you ignore them. It’s an excellent idea to consult with a chiropractor before two weeks have gone by after getting into an accident. This will ensure that any soft tissue damage is identified promptly and that you get the help you need. Also, prompt attention to injuries like this makes it easier to get them covered under insurance!
Do You Need Specialized Care?
Receiving care at a hospital emergency room or from a primary care physician is a great first step towards treating the injuries that a car accident can cause. Don’t assume that getting discharged from the ER gives you a clean bill of health, though. Emergency care practitioners are primarily focused on dealing with traumatic, life-threatening injuries in order to prevent death. They simply cannot afford to prioritize long-term injuries that may not become issues for months. This means it’s often a good idea to speak with a chiropractor following an accident even if you’ve received other forms of medical care. It can be especially important if you’re still in pain even after your treatment is complete.
Recovering from a car accident puts you in a special class as a medical patient. Not all doctors are trained in handling soft tissue damage and other subtle, long-term injuries that can result from these kinds of injuries. Chiropractors, though, deal with cases like yours every day. They have access to a range of specialized tools and tests they can use to check for structural damage, soft tissue injuries, range-of-motion limitations, joint and nerve damage, and more. Other health care professionals may miss one or more of these problems through no fault of their own.
If your chiropractor does uncover long-term injuries caused by your accident, he or she can help you set up a plan for treating them properly. Some common therapeutic techniques employed in these cases include chiropractic adjustments, trigger point therapy, and deep tissue massage. Chiropractic care in Jacksonville is especially effective on injuries to your spine and the muscles attached to it, which are especially vulnerable to injury in car crashes.
For expert assistance with chiropractic care in the aftermath of an auto accident, please contact Meridian Integrative Wellness. We’ve been treating car accident patients in Jacksonville, FL for over 6 years, and we have a range of therapeutic techniques that can help with headaches, neck pain, stiff muscles, numbness, tingling, and many other injury symptoms.