What kinds of injuries occur most commonly after auto accidents?
Injuries after an auto accident are dependent on the nature of the incident. It’s also very dependent on the individual. Most commonly, auto-related injuries involve the back and the neck. The impact and resulting jolts from an accident can cause soft tissue injury like whiplash, and damage the spinal joints and discs. If twisting is involved, there could be injuries to the spine or other joints.
How do I know if I should see a chiropractor after an auto accident?
Having a chiropractic evaluation following an accident, even if you feel fine, is the best way to ensure that your neck and spine won’t develop pain over time. Receiving treatment also helps by making adjustments to the spine that can help relieve or reduce inflammation that could cause pain later on. If gone untreated, injuries from even a minor fender bender can cause long-term pain down the line.
How does chiropractic treatment help with recovery following an auto-accident?
When impact causes a “snapping” motion of the neck or another area of the spine, whiplash occurs. This quick movement and twisting of the spine causes inflammation, which can then press on nerves and lead to neck and back pain, sciatica, and chronic headaches. Chiropractic care helps to realign the spine, restoring balance, and relieving inflammation. This improves circulation and sends signals to the nerves for faster relief of pain.