When you’re involved in an auto accident—even one that could be described as minor-- there are a number of things to address. We are all familiar with the need to take care of automotive damage, insurance arrangements and other manners, but if you’ve managed to walk away from the accident, you may not give a great deal of thought to your health. After all, if you’re not immediately injured, you’re probably fine, right?
Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. When the body is subjected to the abrupt forces of an auto injury, or even the close-call of a sudden stop, it can still sustain traumatic effects in the soft tissue. As the body braces for a collision or sudden impact, muscles tense and brace, furthering the damage that can occur when the head and neck “whip” back and forth. When whiplash or other auto injuries occur, you may not be aware there is an issue until days or even weeks after the fact. With soft tissue injuries, the pain isn’t always immediately apparent and injuries can easily go unnoticed until sometime later, when you’re affected by immobility, stiffness, strain and discomfort and you’re unsure why.
That’s why it’s wise to include a chiropractic visit in your post auto accident itinerary. Chiropractic care allows for efficient diagnosis of soft tissue injuries that would have easily gone unnoticed and untreated. Additionally, whiplash injury can vary based on a number of factors. There is no single turn-key treatment for the problem of whiplash, but chiropractic care makes it possible to identify the specific effects of the trauma and the tissues that have been affected. Once the presence and particulars of any auto accident injuries have been determined, treatments including spinal manipulation, muscle relaxation or stimulation, therapeutic exercises or other options can be utilized and combined to relieve and prevent neck, shoulder and back pain that frequently occurs due to whiplash.
Auto accidents can certainly be traumatic, but they don’t have to be debilitating. When your physical pain is relieved, only then will you feel like you’ve fully walked away from the accident. Be proactive in seeking treatment and make your health a priority when dealing with effects of an auto collision. Even as the unexpected happens in an instant, you can regain control and relieve your pain. Be sure to drive carefully and be well.