Should I see a Chiropractor after a car accident?
Pain after a car accident is a good indication of an injury. If there’s any chance that severe or life-threatening injuries are involved, you should first go to an emergency room to rule those out.
Even if you’re experiencing no pain, it’s still a good idea to see a chiropractor after your car accident. Many car accident injuries don’t cause pain or discomfort until weeks or months later. After that time has passed, and if you still have not sought treatment, you may be forfeiting your right to insurance coverage for your injuries. The best rule of thumb to keep your health and your finances protected is to play it safe and get checked out by a chiropractor within 2 weeks following your car accident.
Common Auto-Accident Related Injuries Treated By Chiropractors
The most commonly treated car-accident-related injuries in Dowagiac that Chiropractors treat are either whiplash-related injuries or bruises and contusions. The pain from whiplash injuries can present itself as headaches, neck pain, or even low back pain. Bruises and contusions are more easily seen with the naked eye, but even injuries like this can extend beyond the obvious impact site and present itself in different areas of the body.
Whiplash occurs when the body experiences violent movement in one direction and then again in the opposite direction. This is exactly what happens when you’re involved in a car accident. Your body is moving along with the car in one direction, then when the car is hit, the car stops, but your body doesn’t immediately stop until it is physically stopped by the seatbelt or some part of the vehicle, like the dashboard, steering wheel, window or airbag. This forces the body to a jerking stop and whiplash can occur. The risk of whiplash exists no matter how fast the car is moving.
How Can A Chiropractor Help?
Early care and treatment is very important in a quick rehabilitation. The sooner you are able to get evaluated and a treatment plan can be put into motion, the sooner you can be on the road to recovery. Even if you are in an accident that seems minor, injuries from car accidents can show up days or even weeks after the fact, so make sure to see your chiropractor as soon as possible.
Our chiropractic team can make adjustments to the spine if needed and may recommend massage or foam roller techniques to help aid in relief from any pain or discomfort you may be having. We are also able to give nutritional counseling and prescribe exercises that will help to aid in the healing process and help you to regain full range of motion.