Car and travel are a significant aspect of our civilization. However, the harms they can cause can affect millions of people rummaging for ways to quickly recover and regain their bodies’ functions, just like how they were before the accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than six million vehicle accidents occur every year in the United States. Unfortunately, about 27 percent of all these car accidents lead to nonfatal injuries. But, some of these auto injuries result in tremendous pain or permanent disabilities.
If you are suffering from pain due to a recent car accident, you might be surprised to learn that chiropractic care can offer a drug-free solution to your discomfort. Here are some of the most common auto injuries that chiropractic care can help manage.
Muscle Pain and Soreness. Your body tightens itself to brace for impact when you are about to have a collision. This tightening pulls in, and in some cases, tears your muscles. With the release of endorphin, your after-accident pain may be wholly or partially masked. As your muscles loosen and the weight of the accident subsides, you may start to experience soft tissue pain and soreness. It is crucial to pay attention to these pain signals. Chiropractic care helps by managing pain through relaxation therapy and muscle stimulation.
Inflammation and Swelling. Inflammation occurs due to the increased blood flow to an injured area. Whenever your body experiences trauma, it can result in inflammation. Redness and swelling can be painful on its own. A chiropractor can perform spinal adjustments to help your body release Interleukin 6, which plays a crucial role in acute inflammation and is necessary for wound healing.
Whiplash and Other Neck Injuries. One of the most common auto injuries that patients seek chiropractic care for is whiplash. It is a type of neck injury that occurs when a person’s neck is yanked quickly in a forward or backward motion. The impact will force your head to move more rapidly than the body as it comes into contact with the tightening seatbelt. Whiplash symptoms include neck and shoulder pain, and neck stiffness. Neck strain is another neck injury that can be equally as painful. Your chiropractic treatment plan will depend on the severity of your neck injury, but spinal manipulation is the most common technique.
Back Pain. Like neck pain from an auto accident, back pain comes in many forms, from strain to nerve damage. An auto injury can cause instant and lasting discomfort in a specific area or throughout your back. Back pain can leave you struggling to get around, making it difficult to lie or sit down comfortably. Regular visits to a chiropractor can ease chronic back pain over time, helping you get back to your routine.
Chiropractors take a holistic approach to patients. They provide counseling on diet and nutrition as well as healthy lifestyle habits.
Have you been involved in a vehicle accident? At Advantacare Chiropractic Wellness Center, we can help you recover faster from your auto injuries. Visit our clinic today in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, or call us at (270) 207-9300 to make an appointment.