If you’ve just been involved in a car accident, your first thoughts are probably a trip to the emergency room and a call to your car insurance agent. But would you ever think to make an appointment with your chiropractor immediately after such an accident? Many people do not realize that seeking chiropractic care after a car accident is a sure way to avoid years of potentially chronic pain.
In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 6.3 million automobile crashes, leading to almost 2.5 million injuries! But while auto collision is high on the list of common accidents, chiropractic care is an effective treatment option for all types of personal injury. So, whether you’ve just been involved in a car, motorcycle, or workplace accident, you should schedule a chiropractic appointment. Here’s why:
It could help your insurance case or claim
The sooner you seek medical attention after an accident, the easier it is to assess your injuries and file a claim. Having an immediate diagnosis for your injuries can increase your chances of linking your injuries back to the accident – therefore maximizing your chances of receiving a reward for your claim.
Some serious injuries aren’t apparent at first
Accident injuries like bruises, cuts, and broken bones are obvious. Injuries like whiplash, however, most often are not as obvious right away. You can feel fine for up to 48 hours after an accident before the symptoms begin.
According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms of whiplash include: neck pain and stiffness, worsening of pain with neck movement, loss of range of motion in the neck, headaches, tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back or arms, tingling or numbness in the arms, fatigue, and dizziness. They also note whiplash to cause blurred vision, ringing in the ears, sleep disturbances, irritability, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and even depression.
We treat many patients that come in with whiplash after a car accident. We find that the sooner they come in, the easier it is to control the damage and minimize their pain. By seeking chiropractic care after a car accident, you can avoid potentially debilitating pain, and be on a smooth road to recovery.
Chiropractic Care is a Non-Invasive, Drug-Free Treatment
As we have discussed in previous blogs, pain medication only acts as a Band-Aid to injuries. We would rather find the root of your injury, to treat it naturally, non-invasively, and drug-free! We provide long lasting and immediate injury pain relief without surgery, injections, or prescription medicine.
Pain medications prescribed after an accident can also be highly addictive. CNN recently wrote an article on the link between prescription pain medication and drug addiction. The editor notes that “good doctors don’t focus on the symptoms of a disease; they want to ultimately treat the disease itself.” And that is exactly what we do in chiropractic care – we treat the injury, not just the symptoms.
Avoiding Treatment Can Result in Long-Term Pain
Delay in treatment after an accident is the same as avoiding your check engine light on your car’s dashboard. Small injuries that may feel insignificant can lead to major problems down the road if you don’t properly address them. Immediately seeking chiropractic care after a car accident is the surefire way to ensure your chances of a pain-free recovery.
If you were involved in a car, motorcycle, or workplace accident, or are suffering from any sort of personal injury, Chesapeake Family Wellness Center can help! We can assess your injury or pain and will be able to create a customized treatment plan to get you back to normal.