Finding physical relief after a car accident can be very difficult. Many choose to go to the hospital immediately after an accident to make sure that there are no life-threatening injuries, which is a wise thing to do. However, what's frustrating for many is that sometimes symptoms of injury seem to pop up days or even weeks after the accident. This is due to the fact that nerves in the back and neck react to situations like car crashes differently than other organs of the body. Other organs bleed and usually show quite quickly how they were affected from an accident. The back, on the other hand, can become slightly misaligned, which offsets nerves. This can result in feelings of numbness, tingling, stinging, or like a specific area of your body has fallen asleep.
Misalignments in the neck are often called "whiplash." Whiplash can result in headaches, fatigue, vision changes, inability to turn one's head, and neck pain. Unfortunately, a quick visit to the emergency room will not help with misalignments in the neck and back. For that reason, many have turned to their local chiropractors. Keep in mind that more than one visit to your chiropractor may be essential.
What can a chiropractor help with after a car accident?
Unseen Injuries. As previously mentioned, some injuries after a car accident cannot be seen, like headaches, neck pain, back pain, and strained muscles. Sometimes it can even be hard to find people who believe that your pain is real. Fortunately, most chiropractors have years of experience helping individuals with unseen injuries. A simple alignment can help to decrease nerve pain and rectify the situation.
Inflammation. Much of the pain that comes from a car accident is due to the body trying to protect itself. The moment before an impact, the body sometimes tenses up to brace for impact, which actually can cause muscles to tear and strain. The body then goes about trying to fix these tears and strains by becoming inflamed around them. An adjustment from a chiropractor can help your body to begin to release anti-inflammatory substances, which can help your body to heal more quickly.
Your Range of Motion. Often the reason for any range of motion issues is misalignments in the neck and spine. While it may be painful in the moment, a series of adjustments can help you to regain your complete range of motion over time.
Call a car accident recovery chiropractor for more information or assistance.