Did you know there are over 6 million car accidents in the United States per year? Pain after a car accident is one of the most common reasons to visit a chiropractor. It is very important to see a chiropractor after a car accident, even if it was a minor collision. Studies show that receiving chiropractic care soon after the accident can significantly reduce your chances of suffering from severe pain from this incident further down the road.
Whiplash is the most common injury that people suffer from after an auto accident. Whiplash refers to acute, or short-term, damage to the neck due to a rapid and unanticipated forward and back motion.
Symptoms of whiplash:
-Neck pain
-Neck stiffness
-Worsening of neck pain with movement
-Limited range of motion in the neck
-Pain in shoulders and/or back
-Dizziness
-Numbness or tingling in arms or hands
-Headaches
Chiropractic care is one of the only proven remedies for whiplash. This rapid and unexpected motion cause the vertebrae in the neck to shift out of their proper alignment. In turn, this puts pressure on essential nerves and surrounding tissue in the neck area which can cause pain and limit movement. A chiropractor will most likely take x-rays and investigate the damage done to the vertebrae. They will then develop a treatment plan to get your body back in healthy alignment. You will receive chiropractic adjustments where motion and alignment will be restored to the area when your chiropractor applies a controlled force to the joints. You can expect to see your chiropractor after a car wreck for anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months depending of severity of your condition. Regular chiropractic care can even reduce your chances of getting whiplash in future situations. Injuries that affect the neck can be incredibly painful and can make daily activities very difficult. Save yourself some trouble and don’t wait too long after an auto accident to seek chiropractic care.