Posted on 08-24-2016
How a Chiropractor Can Help You after a Car Accident
A car accident can be a traumatic and terrifying experience that often results in both emotional and physical damage. If you are involved in a serious crash, it is likely that you’ll suffer from neck and back injuries, whiplash injuries, jaw tension and soft tissue pain. Licensed chiropractors are musculoskeletal specialists with the capability to assess and treat most problems related to the nerves, muscles, joints and connective spinal tissues. When you are hurt in a car accident, a chiropractor can treat your injuries and help alleviate pain and tension.
The first step of your chiropractor’s appointment will involve x-rays to determine whether or not you have serious injuries in your neck or spine. The symptoms of neck and spine injuries can often go unnoticed, so x-rays are crucial for early detection. It’s a common misconception that whiplash injuries only happen as a result of high-speed accidents, but a change in speed of only two to three miles per hour can cause whiplash.
Whiplash-related injuries usually cause headaches and general discomfort, but symptoms like blurred vision, reduced range-of-motion, disc damage and ligament problems are signs of long-term chronic whiplash. To avoid chronic pain and damaged joints, discs or ligaments, whiplash injuries should be treated immediately. You should never dismiss your pain after an accident as simple stiffness or soreness, as what may initially seem like minor discomfort can form into a serious health problem.
Treating an injury right away by visiting a chiropractor will help put your body in the best position to heal and quickly recover. A licensed chiropractor will align your spine, relieve pain, provide physical therapy exercises and give you expert nutritional advice that will help aid the healing process. In addition to relieving your pain, a chiropractor can tell you what steps you should take at home for a fast and effective recovery.
Dr. Jamie Ricks and Dr. Chad Hood at Advantage Walk-In Chiropractic are dedicated to healing patients in the Boise area, as well promoting a healthier way of life through chiropractic wellness care. You can call our East Boise office at 208-480-1559 or the West Boise office at 208-375-2225 to schedule your first appointment.
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