Do you need to seek out Chiropractic Care following an automobile accident?
The answer is a resounding “yes!” Why is it so important? Why can’t you just rest and take the medications that were prescribed by your medical doctor after your auto accident? Is the insurance company going to give you a hard time about it?
The reason why chiropractic care is so important after a car accident has little to do with you being in pain (although it’s good for that too). Whiplash injuries can wreak havoc on your spine and its associated nerves. You may not be in a lot of pain immediately following the accident, but research indicates that most people will experience a bulk of their symptoms after a few days.
Once you start to feel symptoms, this is a good indicator that that a soft-tissue injury has occurred. You are likely experiencing a sprain/strain kind of injury. Sprain and strain injuries don’t sound horrible, but they are really describing tears of various tissues in your body which occur following an accident. The severity of the tear will indicate the type of treatment you should probably consider first. The chiropractor can help make the determination.
Eventually, your body will heal with scar tissue. Scar tissue is more sensitive than the previously uninjured tissue that you had within you before. Once scar tissue sets up (this takes about 3 weeks following the trauma), it will become increasingly difficult to get you back to your pre-accident state. Receiving some chiropractic adjustments to your spine will help assure that your spine is in its best position as that scar tissue begins to form.
Another problem with scar tissue is that it is permanent and it leads to arthritis and degeneration. Do you want that?
The sooner your problem is identified and treated, the more likely you can return to pain-free living.
I went to the emergency room & received medication; so why can’t I just leave it that?
So why can’t you just rest and take the medications?
Let me answer that question with a question. Do you think medications will change the position of the bones in your spine? Do you think medication will make the long term damage of scar tissue less?
Medication will sometimes make the pain go away but it will never correct the resulting damage and scar tissue.
Your E/R visit might have ruled-out fractures or conditions which are considered a medical emergency following trauma, but it does not take care of the spinal imbalances and soft-tissue injuries that need treatment to heal properly.
In addition to the chiropractic adjustment, you can discover pro-active things that you can do at home to help your body heal as fast and well as possible.
Finally, certain auto accidents do result in disc involvement of the neck and back. Disc bulges or herniation must be identified and dealt with early on so that you don’t experience long term, chronic pain later on.
It’s always a good idea to have a chiropractic care following an auto accident. If they are honest, they will tell you the truth.
17 thoughts on “Necessity of Chiropractic Care after a Car Accident”
You mentioned that you may not be in a lot of pain immediately following the accident, but research indicates that most people will experience a bulk of their symptoms after a few days. Do most chiropractors have their own treatments that they think will help their patients? My sister was in a bad car accident last night when a drunk driver hit her. Going to see a chiropractor could be a good idea for her.
Chiropractic after a car accident is a life saver. You may be feeling alright but the x-rays will show you differently. Adjustments will help you sleep better at night and start you on a path to a healthier structure. If you ever need a Chiropractor in Orlando, stop by my office. Glad to help.
I had a good friend get rear ended the other day by a car going 45 miles per hour. It caused some severe neck injuries, and she was in a lot of pain for a long time. She started going to a chiropractor and it helped her out so much, and relieved almost all the pain.
Chiropractic can be a great alternative to otherwise invasive procedures such as a spinal fusion or discectomy which can leave someone in pain for months after the surgery.
Chiropractic care has so many wonderful benefits! Improvement of posture is huge one. Many of us suffer from poor posture that causes chronic pain. A chiropractor can identify misalignments and determine where you are weak.
I was driving with my 16-year-old daughter yesterday and unexpectedly she can into a pole in the parking lot and it gave me whiplash. I was stunned to learn from the page that whiplash injuries can wreak havoc on your spine and its associated nerves. I will be sure to keep that in mind to ensure that my back pain can go away as soon as possible!
I used to believe that medicine and rest after a car accident was enough, too. I guess I didn’t think of how the bones are positioned after a car crash. In order to avoid future back/spine pain, I agree going to a chiropractor would be best.
Agreed! Great article! Thanks for sharing valuable information.
I appreciate your women about how chiropractic therapy can help your spine reposition so new scar tissue can develop. Thanks for mentioning how you should get the treatment done as soon as you need it so that you can heal as quickly as possible. My brother is considering chiropractors to treat some back pain he has been having after hurting it while playing sports.
I love my Chiropractor. I don’t know if I would still be able to walk and use my wrist without him. I was in a car accident a few years ago when a car turn directly in front of me. It was a low impact collision but I took the impact up my left side and through my right wrist. After a few months of 3 visits a weeks it is like it never happened. Your body needs to heal after an accident but your bones also need to be put back into the right place. Thank you for bring awareness to this.
I’m glad I found your post. My brother got into a car accident recently, and it’s nice to know that a chiropractic care can help with the healing process. I will make sure to inform him, so he could immediately call a professional. Thanks for sharing!
I wanted to thank you for explaining why to get chiropractic care after a car accident. I actually didn’t know that you can start seeing symptoms after a few days of the accident. Knowing this, it kind of sounds like it could be good to at least get checked out by a professional, just in case. Maybe doing this can help fix any problems quickly with minimal pain.
I am glad you mentioned that chiropractic care can help align your spine so that scar tissue forms properly. My mom recently got a whiplash injury from a car accident. I appreciate the information on how necessary chiropractic car is after an accident.
My brother just had a car accident, and his back is hurting a lot. It was mentioned here that it’s important to see a chiropractor after an accident because the sooner the problem is identified, the faster he can live pain-free. Moreover, it’s advisable to see a professional chiropractor when experiencing body pains.
A friend of mine recently got in a car accident, and she is now under medication. I heard that she never tried seeking help from a chiropractor. I am going to visit her tomorrow, and I might suggest that she undergo a chiropractic therapy. Like you said, it can help her do proactive things to help her body recover as fast as possible. Thanks!
I liked what you said about scar tissue. I never really thought about the alignment of the spine as the tears healed. I think that my friend might really need to see someone about her recent accident so that she doesn’t end up with a lower range of mobility.
Thank you for pointing out that once you start to feel symptoms that is a good indication that there is a soft-tissue injury. My husband was in a car accident last week and I think he is going to need to see a chiropractor. I’ll have to look into some in our area that can help us. Hopefully, I can find one that he will enjoy going to.
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