The time after a car accident can be stressful and painful. You might think the pain will just go away, but it might be a sign of a more serious injury.
Injuries you can see like broken bones, those involving blood, any head injury, and many others should involve a visit to the emergency room.
For the injuries you can’t see or if there is no pain, a chiropractor can help make sure things are OK with your spine. Sometimes, there isn’t even pain, but an injury is there. Adrenaline spikes after an accident and can numb the pain. Once the adrenaline is gone, the pain appears.
Common Injuries After a Car Accident
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries. It happens when the body is whipped backwards and then forwards beyond its natural limits. Tiny tears can happen in ligaments. An x-ray will not see these tears.
Whiplash symptoms can include:
- Neck, back, arm, or shoulder pain
- Neck stiffness
- Reduced range of motion in the neck
- Headaches, dizziness, or blurred vision
Getting a diagnosis quickly can help keep the pain down and reduce the risk of a more serious problem. Spinal degeneration can happen if the injury begins to heal without proper alignment and scar tissue develops.
Discs in your back can also move around and cause pain and other problems.
Soft tissue damage, structural damage, range of motion issues, muscle strength problems, and joint and nerve function issues can also happen in a car accident.
A chiropractor can assess if there are any problems with your spine and the tissue and muscles that surround it and recommend a course of treatment.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Seeking treatment shortly after an accident is key. Pain might not appear right away and you might also be forfeiting the ability for insurance coverage if you wait too long.
The care from a chiropractor is non-invasive and drug-free. Not only can it reduce pain, it can help restore mobility and promote health and healing in the long term.
Don’t ignore any pain after a car accident, no matter how minor. Arkansas Pioneer Chiropractors can help identify the source or your pain and make efforts to prioritize appointments for patients involved in car accidents.
Schedule a free consultation today for our effective injury care treatments which can include chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression, shockwave therapy, and physical therapy. We’re here to help.