Why should I see a chiropractor after a car accident?
Following a car accident, the physical damage is sometimes not immediately present due to the shock to the system. Even serious injuries, such as whiplash, may take several days to show up. As the body is jarred, or suddenly thrown forward beyond normal range of motion, any part of the body can get stretched ligaments, and even tears. Chiropractors are trained in treating conditions of the musculoskeletal system. The advanced knowledge helps them to recognize common injuries associated with car accidents. Chiropractic treatment performed immediately after a car accident, and continued afterwards for maintaining structural health, has been proven to decrease risk of long term problems.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash occurs when the head snaps back and forth suddenly after the car is impacted from an accident. This happens most often when the car is rear-ended. Whiplash is also known as cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) trauma. This term is in reference to the rapid movements associated with whiplash that can cause substantial damage to the vertebrae, nerves, discs, muscles, and ligaments of your neck and spine.
How can chiropractic help whiplash?
Damage in the neck as a result of whiplash can become chronic over time if it isn’t treated properly. This can cause a disruption in a patient’s quality of life. Chiropractors are visited often for treatment of the neck due to sustaining whiplash. This is because the chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression, and soft tissue therapies are all beneficial treatments for this type of injury. The techniques used in chiropractic care can treat whiplash for the following reasons after sustaining the injury:
- They restore movement lost after the accident
- Allow the patient to overcome muscle weakness
- Relieves headaches caused by muscle tension
- Diminishes chronic symptoms that can persist or recur over many years
- Relieves pain and muscle stiffness
- Enhances muscle tone
- Speeds recovery