If you were involved in an auto accident you might be surprised to learn that chiropractic care can provide a drug-free way to relieve your pain and correct structural misalignments resulting from the impact. If you experience neck pain or back pain after being involved in an auto accident, this could mean you have a cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) [also referred to as “whiplash”] or spinal injury. If you do not receive proper care, these types of injuries can have a serious, negative impact on your health. They can lead to months, or possibly even years, of chronic pain.
The force of impact (even in a low speed “fender bender”) can knock the musculoskeletal system out of its proper alignment often resulting in nerve impingement as well as muscular pain, soreness and stiffness. Common post-collision injuries include: headaches, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, sciatic pain, TMJ, stiffness, and muscle pain.
Whereas traditional medicine generally relies on medication to cover up pain symptoms, chiropractic treatment addresses the underlying injury and nerve impingement. Painkillers provide immediate relief to the patients, but they do not offer a long-term solution when it comes to managing the pain. In addition, medication does not do much in terms of helping patients regain lost mobility after spine or whiplash injury. Chiropractic adjustments not only can relieve pressure on the muscles and nerves, but it also brings alignment back to the spine. Additional therapies, such as corrective exercise, can help bring back the body’s full range of motion.
If you’re suffering from an auto accident injury–regardless of whether it was a “fender bender” or a major crash–don’t wait to deal with your pain.