You’ve exchanged information with other drivers. You’ve seen the physician. You’ve filled out the forms and spoken to the insurance adjuster and made a plan to fix or replace your vehicle. You’ve attended to everyone else in the family. So why do you still feel so crummy?
Car accidents are shocking. Even if you can compartmentalize the trauma while you’re taking care of business, the physical and emotional scars often stay with you for a long time afterward. You may not begin to notice symptoms, in fact, until several days or even weeks after an injury. If that happens, even if it has been a while since your accident, it’s critical you see a treatment specialist.
Why See an Auto Injury Treatment Specialist Today?
Your body has been through a lot, and unfortunately, it can’t always heal itself from the forces of an auto accident. Don’t count on your pain simply disappearing “in time,” and don’t assume that heat and ice can provide all the therapeutic power you need. Whether your pain is mild or agonizing, it’s time to see a holistic health provider to get help right away.
What Is Whiplash?
Many people mistakenly categorize whiplash as a minor injury, but that’s far from the truth. Whiplash occurs when your body is traveling at a certain speed within the car and then comes to a slamming halt. The forces placed on your neck and spine cause it to whip back and forth rapidly, tearing muscles, ligaments and other bodily structures. The result is pain and inflammation, which may take a while to present themselves.
What Other Common Side Effects Accompany Car Accidents?
Whiplash may be accompanied by a variety of other symptoms. These include:
- Pins and needles
- Pain or soreness in the arms
- Lower back pain
- Anxiety or depression
While such symptoms might seem totally unrelated, we frequently see a great deal of emotional distress accompanying car wrecks. If you are feeling any of these symptoms following an accident, seek help right away.
How Should You Treat Car Accident Injuries
While your family physician can help with acute treatment, they often can’t provide the long-term healing a chiropractor can. Moreover, a number of studies show that when the body is in pain, it cannot heal itself nearly as effectively. Car accidents can generate the kind of chronic pain that’s with you for life if you don’t do something about it. Fortunately, we can offer relief and healing through treatments such as:
- Manual adjustments
- Massage therapy
- Heat and ice therapy
- Electrical stimulation
- Ultrasound therapy
… or a combination of all of the above. Your chiropractor will first meet with you, take a health history and note all your symptoms, then create a gentle course of treatment that works for you and your body.