Car Accident Treatment
A car accident is a traumatic even, even a minor fender bender. That can compound if you've been injured in an auto accident. We specialize in treating the myriad injuries that can be sustained in a car accident.
Even if you feel OK immediately after a car accident, symptoms might appear days or weeks later. Often, muscles and ligaments in your neck and back are strained after a crash, causing soreness, stiffness, and limited movement. However, these kinds of injuries tend to heal after six to ten weeks. If you have pain that lasts longer than that, you may have a deeper underlying issue that will continue to cause you acute pain. We want to treat those issues, so that you are back to your old self as soon as possible. In addition to neck and back pain, there are other issues that affect victims of auto accidents. Here are a few:
After neck pain, headaches are the most prevalent symptom reported by people who have experienced whiplash or back injury. Most are related to the injury of muscles, ligaments and joints of the cervical spine, which can transfer pain to the head. We feel that it is important to treat the supporting structures of your neck, and that spinal manipulation is an effective option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck.
Numbness and Tingling:
Unfortunately, back injuries are a part of many people’s life. They can cause a sharp pain or a dull ache and can be accompanied by tingling, numbness, or a burning sensation. At times this condition may pass within a day or two, but it can also persist indefinitely. This is where our understanding of the underlying causality, coupled with targeted adjustment procedures can be the difference between chronic discomfort and an active reduction thereof.
From a musculoskeletal frame of reference, trigger points are anything that serve as a stimulus and initiate or precipitate a reaction or series of reactions. These may include foods, certain activities, environmental stimuli such as noise and stress, or behavioral traits including insomnia, excessive or inadequate exercise and even changes in blood sugar level. With carefully crafted nutritional and lifestyle guidance, we can help identify potential trigger points and learn to avoid them.
Sprains and strains are generally minor injuries that can result from auto accidents, occupational injuries, sports, exercise, or strenuous physical activity. Occurring most frequently in ankles, knees, elbows and wrists, these tears in muscle tissue can sometimes be severe as well, requiring extensive rehabilitation. In addition to joint manipulation, we use stretching and strengthening exercises to aid in recovery. Some studies have found that chiropractic procedures can be as effective as anti-inflammatory medication for the reduction of pain, and at times more effective in improving post-injury range of motion.
A muscle spasm is an involuntary contraction of one or more muscles, and is also known as a cramp if that contraction is dynamic and sustained enough. Often described as a feeling of tightness akin to a ‘knot’, it may be painful, or even difficult, to use the affected muscle or muscle group. With an innate knowledge of how muscle tissue behaves, our application of stretching techniques and massage can be instrumental in easing the pain.