Auto accidents can happen at any time, typically without warning. Even with a minor impact, the large vehicle frame and the force it absorbs can lead to severe injuries, including tissue sprains, head injuries, and whiplash. While these symptoms may not become noticeable until several days after the auto accident has occurred, the body will have had time to relax – often causing soreness, pain, and discomfort to begin setting in.
Chiropractic care has been a long-standing and proven method of helping victims of auto accidents restore the function of their nervous system. The best part is that many of these issues can be healed effectively without invasive surgeries or the need for dangerous prescription pain medications that can lead to dependence or other unforeseen problems. Hunt Spinal Care wants to help you feel better after an auto accident occurs, and we have the knowledge and resources needed to help.
What Happens During an Auto Accident?
It is not uncommon for the musculoskeletal system to be knocked out of alignment from the force of an auto accident impact. This often results in nerve irritation and interference that can reduce the level of support that critical organs, tissues, and glands can provide, and these symptoms may present themselves as neck and back pain. While this doesn’t accurately convey the severity of some of the possible injuries that could have occurred, it paints a familiar picture of what is possible.
Whiplash: A Common Injury After a Car Accident
As a car is struck from the rear, it often results in the driver’s head being jolted suddenly. This sudden “whipping” motion is referred to as whiplash. This common injury will typically destabilize the spine and injure tissues surrounding and supporting the neck, including muscles, soft tissue, nerves, or spinal discs. Once whiplash occurs, these muscles will react by tightening or contracting, increasing muscle fatigue, limiting mobility, increasing muscle stiffness, and causing severe pain.
Some common signs of whiplash include:
- Back pain
- Blurred vision
- Decreased range of the motion in the neck
- Muscle stiffness
- Neck pain
- Numbness that extends from the neck down to your arms and hands
- Poor concentration and memory retention
- Ringing in your ears
- Shoulder pain
How Does Chiropractic Care Help after an Auto Accident?
Traditional medication options will likely provide immediate relief from the pain; however, they will not provide the support needed to improve mobility or eliminate long-term pain. As chiropractors, the team at Hunt Spinal Care works to assist the body in healing itself by pinpointing and treating the root cause of the pain. This attention to detail and localized support can help restore the body’s ability to promote self-healing and can often decrease the required time needed to recover fully.
Chiropractic care after an auto accident will focus on ensuring the spine is aligned correctly and adjusting affected joints to alleviate nerve pressure and restore overall motion. This process, in turn, will help restore proper nervous system function and promote improved healing. In addition to traditional chiropractic treatments, other treatment options, like ice, massage, laser treatments, and more, might be suggested by your chiropractor.
Why Choose Hunt Spinal Care?
Hunt Spinal Care understands the lasting impact of untreated injuries following an auto accident. If you have been the victim of a recent accident, it is essential to seek chiropractic care as soon as possible to expedite the healing process and limit the damage that the trauma can cause. To learn more about how our chiropractors can help on your road to recovery, please call (918) 459-0333 or schedule an appointment today.