Top 5 Reasons to Go to a Chiropractor After a Car Accident

Posted By Gwinnett Medical Back & Neck Pain || 12-May-2017

If you were recently involved in an auto accident, no matter how minor or severe, don’t wait to see a chiropractor. Why? Chiropractic services have proven to be an effective method for treating and healing injuries sustained in car accidents, from minor fender benders to serious head-on collisions.

Whether you are experiencing major pain or minor aches, injuries from an accident can result in long-term suffering if not properly treated from the get-go. Some victims report pain up as many as 10-15 years after the collision! If you or someone you love was recently involved in a crash, consider the following benefits of chiropractic:

  1. Chiropractic care can help relieve localized pan and whole-body pain. Patients suffering from localized pain, such as pain in the neck, have reported significant relief after chiropractic adjustments. In fact, a 2013 study reported that 94% of patients experienced relief simply after manipulation of the sore area. The same is true for patients who suffer from widespread pain, which often results from improper treatment of the original injury. The pain-reducing hormones released into the bloodstream after a chiropractic adjustment have proven to help people suffering from whole-body pain.
  2. Chiropractic care can reduce inflammation and scar tissue. It’s not uncommon for accident victims to experience inflammation a day or two after the accident. This is caused by stretching or tearing of ligaments and muscles in the spine, which can create stiffness and discomfort in those who suffer. Chiropractic adjustments help release anti-inflammatory substances in the body, thereby reducing the inflammation and pain experienced by accident victims. Chiropractic can also help reduce scar tissue, which can be incredibly painful, even debilitating, when experienced in the neck or back (places we can’t stretch out ourselves). A chiropractor can make adjustments on fixated vertebral joints. This will help stretch and break up scar tissue in the joint and, ultimately, reduce pain.
  3. Chiropractic care can restore motion. When you suffer from inflammation in a specific area, the tissues may become immobile, which is not only painful but can also slow down the body’s ability to heal. Because ligaments in the spine don’t get the same level of blood supply or nutrients as other areas of the body, inflammation is even more of a problem. A chiropractic adjustment can mobilize the joints in your spine, which will effectively increase blood flow and nutrients to the inflamed area and, ultimately, help restore motion.
  4. Chiropractic care can relieve stress. When exposed to trauma, the body naturally goes into “fight or flight” mode. This can quickly cause a person to experience anxiety and stress, neither of which are conducive to healing after an accident, as patients who suffer from stress, anxiety, and depression may find it difficult to heal. However, patients who receive chiropractic adjustments after an accident show significant signs of reduced activity in areas of the brain responsible for processing pain and producing cortisol. Overall, patients reported lower pain scores, better quality of life, and reduced stress when treated by a chiropractor after an accident.
  5. Chiropractic care can prevent long-term, chronic pain. Studies conducted in early 2000 and 2003 found that auto accident victims who were treated by a chiropractor after the collision were much more likely to make a quick recovery. This is because chiropractic focuses on mobilizing the injured area, allowed it to heal faster and allowing patients to suffer from fewer (if any) residual symptoms after the collision. When the joints are moving as they’re supposed to, chronic pain can be more easily prevented.

Recently injured in an auto accident? Don’t wait to seek the professional services of a licensed chiropractor. At Gwinnett Medical Back & Neck Pain, we are specialists in auto accident injuries, and we can create a personalized treatment plan to help you make a quick and full recovery. Same-day appointments are available so don’t wait to contact us today!

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