Chiropractic has become increasingly important in diagnosing and treating injuries sustained from car and motor vehicle accidents.
According to the Transportation Safety Board there are over 160,000 car accidents in Canada every year.
At least half of the victims would benefit from a car accident chiropractor to help them recover from their injuries, in particular whiplash. If left untreated many injuries dismissed as mere aches and pains can become more serious over time and even become debilitating if arthritis sets in.
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Why Should I Visit a Chiropractor After a Car Accident?
If you are involved in a car accident, even one that you consider a minor one, it’s advisable to see a chiropractor as soon as you can because they are specialists in realigning the musculoskeletal system. As alternative doctors, car accident chiropractors have spent years in school learning how to correct damage to the nervous system.
Chiropractors understand how to care for connective tissue, muscles, nerves, and bones. Additionally, they are skilled in spinal manipulations and ensuring correct alignment. Besides providing immediate relief, they can also prevent long-term damage to your spine and vertebrae.
Car Accident Pain
Often after two cars collide with immense force, drivers and passengers may suffer from a variety of pains like neck, shoulder, back, arm, leg, hand, or foot pain. This is because after an accident, body parts may be jarred, thrown forward, or pushed beyond their normal limits, resulting in stretched ligaments or tears in muscle tissue.
Accident victims may also suffer from neck and shoulder stiffness, recurring headaches, numbness, and pins-and-needle sensations in various parts of their body. Fatigue and nausea, dizziness and vertigo, and ringing in the ears and blurred vision are also not uncommon.
When the nervous system is damaged, it can also cause symptoms that are usually classified as psychological but are actually due to physical trauma. These symptoms may include tension, irritability, and anxiety. Seeing a chiropractor after a car accident can help with a very wide range of these injuries.
With car accident pain, some of the most common injuries are whiplash and back pain because of the impact of the collision on soft tissue and on neck and spine vertebrae. Unfortunately, many people with these injuries rely on traditional medicine alone, which tends to treat these injuries ineffectively.
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Traditional medicine may focus on relieving the symptoms by either suggesting pain medication, or, in cases of chronic pain, by suggesting surgery. By contrast, chiropractic treatment focuses on correcting the cause, the misalignments in the muscles, bones, and ligaments that are causing the pain.
However, it’s important not to take an either/or approach when deciding between a physician and a chiropractor. The more serious your injury after an automotive accident, the more critical it is that you consider a multidisciplinary approach, getting help from both your primary physician and a recommended chiropractor. Your medical chart can include reports from the chiropractor.
What to Expect on a First Visit to a Chiropractor
At our clinic in Toronto, Dr. Kris Dorken will first work on assessing the type of injuries you have sustained, as well as the extent of trauma to your spine through in-house x-rays. He will then design a treatment plan and usually you can get a chiropractic adjustment on your first visit.
While you may notice immediate relief from acute pain, a first treatment is rarely enough as it takes time for the body to heal and a chiropractor will work on your injuries in a progressive way.
Dr. Kris will not only suggest a treatment plan that will recommend how often you should visit, but will also suggest a recovery plan between treatments, such as mild exercise or stretching between chiropractic sessions. As your injuries heal, your symptoms will become less intense, and after a certain point, you will be able to have longer spells between visits.
Car Accident Chiropractic Treatment
Chiropractic care is non-invasive and gentle. It is a safe form of treatment for everyone, including children and the elderly. After a car accident, even a minor one in which you feel that you did not sustain more than a few bruises, you should not delay a visit a chiropractor with car accident pain. Core Wellness Centre also offers massage therapy and physiotherapy to complete your wellness program if needed.
The longer you take, the worse your symptoms may become. Additionally, how serious an injury after a car accident may not always be apparent. At times, a serious injury may take weeks or even months before symptoms show.
By visiting a chiropractor in a timely way, you may avoid future complications and head off serious long-term damage to your body.
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