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What to Do After a Car Accident?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about three million people get non-fatal injuries from vehicular accidents each year. If you fail to see your chiropractor after your accident, you could develop chronic ailments. These conditions may cost you thousands of dollars in medical care. Your chiropractor can treat minor or major injuries without using surgery or medications. You should seek chiropractic care after your car accident. If you want to find out why, here’s what you need to know.
 

Reduces Pain and Inflammation


When your body is involved in a car accident, you get micro-tears in your muscles and ligaments. The excruciating pain usually causes you to wake up right away after the collision. A chiropractor targets these injuries by using spinal adjustments. These manipulations aim to correct the alignment of your spinal cord. The realignment enables your brain to send natural anti-inflammatory substances. Chiropractors also use the following to help relieve your discomfort:
 

  • Cold laser

  • Massage therapy

  • Ultrasound

  • Traction

  • Electronic muscle stimulation

  • Heat therapy

  • Decompression

  • Cryotherapy

  • Rehabilitation exercises
     

Spots Hidden Injuries


After a vehicular accident, bruises, broken bones, and open wounds are the obvious injuries to treat. Hidden injuries are often overlooked. These unseen injuries need chiropractic care. Whiplash is an injury that could take hours or days to manifest. Common symptoms are neck or back pain, dizziness, soreness, and headaches. If you see a chiropractor right away, you can receive your whiplash treatment early. You should never wait for the onset of pain before you seek treatment. Long-term pain is a common consequence of ignoring a possible whiplash injury.
 

Decreases Scars


Scarring occurs inside your body after a vehicular accident. Once these scars harden, you will become stiff and uncomfortable. Your chiropractor can break up these developing scars quickly. Through massage therapy, your chiropractor can break down collagen fibers and adhesions. This results in diminished scars, quicker healing, and pain relief.
 

Non-surgical Treatment


Most people do not want to include surgery in their treatment plan. You should see a chiropractor immediately after your vehicular accident to avoid surgical treatment. Through chiropractic care, you receive spinal adjustments that realign your joints and spine. This therapy can promote faster healing and pain relief.
 

Brings Back Range of Motion (ROM)


Experts define ROM as the extent of your joint movement in various directions. After your vehicular accident, you experience inflammation. The swelling blocks nutrients from reaching the affected areas. The result is a significant delay in healing. To correct this, chiropractors perform spinal adjustments that restore your ROM and loosen your spine. They improve your strength, decrease your pain, and make your joints more flexible.
 

You should seek chiropractic care immediately after your vehicular car accident. With the non-invasive, natural treatment modalities, you can heal more quickly. At Back & Neck Pain Centers, we make sure our patients receive high-quality chiropractic care. Please visit our clinics in Seattle (Seattle-Chinatown & Skyway-Renton), Bellevue, and Tukwila-Renton-Trent, Washington. We are open for an in-person consultation. You can also call us at 206-233-0818 (Seattle-Chinatown), 206-772-0088 (Skyway-Renton), 425-649-9335 (Bellevue), and 425-243-1200 (Tukwila-Renton-Trent). Do reach out to us for appointment scheduling. We can answer your questions about our chiropractic care packages for vehicular accidents.

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