If you have recently been in a car accident, chances are that you have probably sustained some sort of injury. It may not be visible at first – especially with all the adrenaline running through your veins. Even if you are not immediately in pain, don’t assume that you have escaped injury. A very common injury after a crash would be whiplash, or hairline fractures in the bones. It is crucial to see a doctor right away to determine if there are any symptoms that need to be dealt with immediately.
Why see a chiropractor following an accident?
Chiropractors are trained to identify injuries that may not show immediate symptoms – and symptoms of a whiplash injury may take weeks to become noticeable. In addition, painkillers only mask symptoms thus making it difficult to determine long term injuries right away.
Symptoms following an accident.
Possible symptoms following a car accident include, but are not limited to: headaches, stiffness, numbness, neck pain, lower back pain, shoulder pain, trouble sleeping, blurry vision, dizziness, and ringing in the ears. Auto accidents can also cause the discs in your spine to degenerate and create scar tissue, leading to chronic stiffness. Once you start feeling any of these symptoms, it is a good indicator that a soft tissue injury has occurred, and you are most likely experiencing a sprain or strain.
When should you see your chiropractor?
The longer you wait after the accident, the greater the risk of scarring and the onset of chronic pain. If you have any of these symptoms, your chiropractor will be able to identify your injuries, determine how much damage your body has sustained and recommend the treatments that are necessary for a full recovery. Your chiropractor can also work hand-in-hand with your primary care physician to determine the best course of treatment for your injuries.
***Before embarking on any new treatments, we recommend that you consult your chiropractor, physician, or trained health-care provider first. The information contained within is to educate and inform, and is not intended to cure or diagnose any ailments.
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