Car accidents are disruptive incidents that cause damage and injuries. The time after a car accident can be confusing and hectic, with insurance claims being filed and doctors assessments being levied. After the dust settles and the major issues have been handled, seeing a chiropractor may help to get life back to normal faster.
Chiropractors May Identify Injuries That Others Miss
In many cases, doctors clear patients that have been involved in a car accident that do not have major injuries. Despite the absence of fractures or head trauma, however, soft tissue injuries and minor damage to the spine or neck can have a major impact on a patient’s life. A chiropractor can identify these types of injuries that other doctors may miss, which can be instrumental in helping a patient to heal completely.
Spinal Manipulation May Help with Treating Whiplash
Whiplash injuries are often thought of as injuries that only occur after a high speed collision. This perception is false, however, as whiplash injuries are common even after very low speed accidents in which there is no damage to the vehicle involved. Depending on the type of injury resulting from whiplash, chiropractors may be able to use spinal manipulation to restore alignment to bones and muscles that have sustained impact, which can assist with healing.
Signs that may indicate whiplash include:
- Blurred vision
- Shoulder pain
- Neck pain
- Decreased range of motion in the upper body
- Dizziness or disorientation
Chiropractic Care May Help Reduce Pain
Pain and soreness after a car accident is common, but may be an indicator of issues that could worsen with time. Chiropractors will perform an assessment to pinpoint the location of any pain or tension in the body. Chiropractors will then take steps to alleviate the pain and tension through gentle manipulations of the body. Chiropractors may also recommend certain exercises that will help to relieve pain while restoring range of motion.
Improved Circulation May Accelerate Healing
Chiropractic adjustments can help to address misalignments in the body caused by the trauma of the car accident, returning the bones and tissues back to proper alignment. By restoring alignment, the circulation of blood and oxygen in the body has often been shown to improve following a chiropractic adjustment. Optimizing circulation can accelerate healing, allowing muscles and other soft tissues to repair damage quickly. In some cases, improvements in circulation may even help to speed healing of more major injuries.
If you have recently been involved in a car accident, call 407-660-1200 to schedule an assessment and find out if chiropractic care can assist with your recovery.