Chiropractic care for crash injuries
Chiropractic care should be your first choice for treatment after you have been assessed by first responders or emergency room health care professionals after a car accident. First responders will determine if you need immediate medical treatment, or if you have life-threatening injuries right on the scene. It is quite common for people to not be obviously injured, but they still don’t feel quite right.Chances are that they are suffering from one or more of the frequent problems that the musculoskeletal system often experiences after a car accident.
Common car accident injuries
Many people encounter pain and tension immediately after an accident. Others may not feel pain at first, but the symptoms may get worse over time. Regardless of the direction from which your vehicle is hit, your neck is usually the most vulnerable area of your body. Even low speed collisions involve rapid changes in acceleration and deceleration. Your body is held relatively immobile by your seat belt, but your head and neck are largely unrestrained. Most collisions result in the neck moving very rapidly,and with excessive range of motion.This can cause hyperflexion or hyperextension injuries to the soft tissues in the neck and shoulders, as well as joint capsules in the cervical spine. The collective name for these types of injuries is whiplash.
Symptoms of whiplash
Whiplash may include any or all of the following symptoms:
- Neck pain and inflammation
- Arm pain
- Numbness or tingling
- Lack of concentration
- TMJ or jaw pain
- Mid or lower back pain
- Bulging or ruptured discs
Chiropractic doctorsare trained to assess and treat almost any problem related to the nerves, muscles, joints, and connective tissues of the spine. After an accident, your chiropractor will conduct a comprehensive physical to determine the best course of action. You may be instructed to remain immobile for the first 48-72 hours following your automobile accident. Your body will most likely flood injured tissues with an inflammatory reaction. This will result in any damaged areas swollen and painful. Almost any movement during this time will usually cause more pain. Muscles that support and surround the injured area can tend to spasm. Muscle spasms are very uncomfortable, causing greater compression and/or irritation of the joints.
If you are suffering from sciatic nerve pain and you are looking for a natural, non-invasive of treatment, chiropractic clinics also offer supplemental therapies such as the application of heat or cold, electrical stimulation, diet, counseling, or rehabilitative exercise. ChiroCarolina®, one of Charlotte’s top chiropractic centers, known all over the South east for providing top chiropractic care for the uptown, NoDa, and University area- located conveniently off North Tryon Street.