Experiencing an automobile accident is one of the most frightening and overwhelming things a person can go through. Everything might seem fine for one moment; however, you may feel pain, dizziness, acute loss of consciousness and discomfort the next moment. Most people who survive car accidents have to deal with physical, mental, and emotional injury, and it can be hard to treat such injuries.
While no one really wants to be involved in an automobile accident, it is crucial to know how to treat and recover from your injuries in case you are ever involved in one. Visiting a chiropractor for chiropractic care should always be one of the first things you have to do, as these professionals specialize in the treatment for sprains and strains following a car accident.
Chiropractors can treat trauma to the neck and back, whiplash injuries and assist with soft tissue pain and swelling. Many people who have been injured in a car accident feel a moderate amount of muscle pain and stiffness 24 hours after the accident once the inflammation has set in. This discomfort can be a serious problem, in addition to other injuries.
Here is how chiropractic care can help treat your pain and associated symptoms following a car accident.
Pain relief without the use of drugs
Physicians may often times prescribe pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory medicine. A majority of people think that taking these drugs will make them better; they do, however, only for a short period of time. Remember, medications only ease the symptoms, but do not cure the injury – the underlying cause of your pain and discomfort.
Some pain relief drugs only provide temporary relief causing you to believe that you only need to take them until you are out of pain. Chiropractic care delivers relief from pain without the use of prescription drugs. It often treats the root cause of the problem by combining treatments that involve gentle spinal mobilizations, muscle stretching, exercising and at home management of your symptoms. At Hometown Spine & Sport, we pride ourselves on teaching you how to take care of yourself and treat your symptoms independently.
Micro-tears are what causes inflammation and swelling within ligaments and muscles. These are also the main reason people feel severe back pain immediately after an injury and sometimes days later.
A chiropractor will use spinal manipulation to reduce spinal ligament inflammation while improving your flexibility. Realignment of the spinal vertebrae helps your body release anti-inflammatory chemicals which reduce swelling and pain.
Restores Mobility and Range Of Motion
After addressing inflammation, your chiropractor will look into your current mobility and range of motion. A motor vehicle injury causes soreness and steadiness that may inhibit movement. Regular chiropractic sessions can help patients move as quickly as possible. They will strengthen your spine, restore function, decrease inflammation and allow the body to stimulate the healing process at a much faster rate.
Chiropractors believe that you can handle the pain naturally and avoid heavy pain medication. In addition to chiropractic care that you receive in the clinic, chiropractors may suggest that you take vitamin supplements, exercise regularly to strengthen your muscles, use ice/heat to reduce swelling, and apply electrical muscle stimulators to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling.