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Why Look For Chiropractic Care after a Car Accident?

If you’ve been in a car accident, seeking chiropractic care immediately after the crash is one the smartest things you can do. It’s hard to think straight when the adrenaline and stress is running high and maybe you'd rather just walk away, pop-up some pills and hope for the best.

But the fact is that failing to see a doctor after a wreck can be costly in the end. Sure, everyone will rush to the emergency room in a case of a broken bone or a head trauma, but what about those sneaky “little” injuries that can impact our everyday lives?

1. There are symptoms that occur days after the car accident

Spotting an airbag burn is easy. Whiplash , on the other hand, is sometimes hard to reveal and it’s one of the most common injuries reported from car accidents.
Whiplash occurs when the body is whipped back and forward beyond its natural limits which result in neck stiffness, reduce the range of motion in the neck, shoulder pain, lower back pain, arm pain, headaches and blurred vision.

The problem is that those symptoms can appear days, or even weeks after an accident because your body has a natural ability to protect you from the pain by releasing endorphins that mask any discomfort. Once you run out of endorphins, the pain kicks in and it doesn’t just disappear.

If the spine is not carefully aligned and you don’t get that full range of motion back, there’s a possibility of a spinal degeneration.

2. Chiropractors know how to help you

Your Chiropractor is trained to assist with victims of car injuries and can help soft-tissue injuries heal much faster than they would on their own. There’s also a benefit in restoring mobility and easing the inflammation. A chiropractor will mobilize your spine, restoring range of motion and allowing your body to begin its natural healing process.

The most common injuries after a car accident are micro-tears in the ligaments and muscles that X-rays can’t catch. Even though your X-ray looks normal, you might wake up in severe pain not knowing what hit you. A Chiropractor will use spinal manipulations to realign the spinal cord and to help your body to release an anti-inflammatory that helps with relieving pain.

As a result of the treatment your body heals at a much faster rate, there’s less pain and a reduced chance of symptoms worsening.

3. Chiropractic care after a car accident improves your chances of making a successful claim

It’s advisable to get your injuries documented right after a crash – even if you’re not feeling any symptoms. If the car accident is caused by another person’s negligence, seeing a chiropractor will significantly improve your chance of receiving compensation.

By not seeking medical attention immediately after the crash, you’re risking the possibility of having your claim be denied. A Chiropractor will provide a full evaluation to determine if you might have suffered any injuries, and even if your injury is minor he/she will create a treatment plan to heal the injury and prevent a more significant one.

4. The treatment is non-invasive

One of the most significant benefits of visiting a chiropractor is that non-invasive adjustments realign the spine and joints reducing the pain and initiating healing without the need for surgery.

It might feel easy to get a prescription for drug medication but the solution is short-term and it can also be extremely addictive. Chiropractic care addresses the injury at the source of the problem and it avoids masking the pain.

Seeking a chiropractor after the car accident will also help you avoid long-term, chronic pain and you’ll be able to treat your injury before it gets a chance to manifest into a bigger problem. If you’re lucky and you’re uninjured, you’ll know that there’s no need to worry about residual symptoms occurring at a bad time.

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