Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident is very stressful. Aside from having your car in the shop, missing work, and getting your insurance rates raised, you will feel pain and stiffness. Many times, the pain and stiffness is not severe enough to miss work or see a doctor, but it is chronic and limits your daily activities.
Car accidents tend to produce injury despite how low the speed or minimal the impact, with whiplash being the most common injury. The reason for is the impact that is caused when the automobile stops and the bodies inside continue to move. The technical term for this is cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) trauma or syndrome. This describes the injuries of the vertebrae and neck, and the muscles that support them.
Many people choose to settle with the insurance company so they can get their car fixed quickly. Unfortunately, insurance settlements include all damages, including injuries. That nagging stiffness in your neck is very on its way to be a full-blown injury. Your doctor will usually take a wait and see approach, and prescribe Motrin to help alleviate the inflammation. By the time the injury presents itself, you have no recourse with the insurance company.
Seeing a chiropractor after a car accident will uncover any underlying injuries, that traditional medicine will miss. Chiropractors are trained in total wellness and not only in treating symptoms. A doctor of chiropractic medicine will utilize x rays to assess your spine and determine if you are in need of further treatment. Chiropractors are the expert in soft tissue injuries and developing specialized treatment plans to treat them.
Personal injury describes any bodily injury caused in an accident, other than one that is work related. Personal injury includes slip and fall, whiplash, and back injuries. A sudden accident, no matter how trivial, can cause future chronic pain that will slowly erode your quality of life. These injuries are best treated by a chiropractor as the symptoms many times develop slowly over time. Chiropractic medicine is skilled at assessing injuries before they develop into full-blown symptoms. The treatment includes adjustments of the neck and spine, and massage treatments that realign the body before swelling and pain become severe enough to limit your daily activities.
If you have had a personal injury, your general physician will do a superficial exam, prescribe some Motrin and send you on your away. The chiropractor on the other hand, will take a series of X rays and conduct a complete physical exam to determine what parts of your body may be out of alignment, and harboring an injury that has not yet presented itself.
If left untreated, these types of injuries can show themselves weeks or months down the road. Once the injury gains hold of your body, it can persist for months or even years. The medical approach is to take a wait and see approach, combined with anti-inflammatory medicine. Chiropractic offers what traditional medical treatment does not, a proactive approach to injuries. Chiropractic treatment includes adjustments, massage, and ultrasound therapy. If you have been injured, get yourself assessed by a chiropractor today.