Should You Go To A Chiropractor After A Car Accident?
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained during car accidents—and often one of the hardest to treat. Nearly 300,000 whiplash injuries occur each year, many at low speeds. It takes only a 2.5 mile-per-hour change in speed to injure the neck.
Although half of all whiplash injuries are the result of rear collisions, they can occur from an impact in any direction. Frontal crashes account for 30 percent of motor vehicle neck injuries.
When a part of the body is whipped back and then forward beyond its normal limits, micro-tears can develop in the surrounding ligaments. Yet many accident victims don’t notice any pain at first. It’s not until the micro-tears start to swell that the symptoms set in.
Soft-tissue injuries like whiplash can take a long time to heal. One study found that more than 70 percent of people who visited the emergency room after a car accident were still in pain six weeks later. Other researchers have noted that nearly half of whiplash sufferers continue to experience symptoms three months later, while 25 percent remain symptomatic for six months.
Without proper treatment, some injuries can continue to cause pain for years. As soft tissue injuries heal, they develop scar tissue. If the spine is not aligned and full range of motion isn’t recovered before scarring sets in, it can ultimately inhibit normal functioning and even lead to spinal degeneration.
This is where chiropractors excel: We are the foremost experts on treating injuries of the neck and spine without invasive surgeries or drug therapy. So, if you have been in a car accident of any severity (this includes basic “fender benders”) then you should go see a chiropractor for an initial physical evaluation. If you are already working with a chiropractor then they are perfectly positioned to compare your pre-accident function with post-accident function, and help develop a plan to address any underlying injuries that will eventually lead to problems for you down the line.
“Chiropractic is founded upon different principles than those of medicine.”
Get the care you need from a chiropractor with 20+ years experience! A Place of Health provides you with devoted attention and care. Feel free to get in touch with Stonebridge Chiropractor, a trusted Chiropractic clinic in Richfield, MN. We’re here to help!