Driving a car is one of those things we all take for granted. It’s so engrained in modern life that we hardly notice the benefits anymore — but the bad stuff about driving, we’re well aware of that! First of all, there’s the monthly insurance bill. Then there are all the repairs and maintenance issues that need to be taken care of. Mishaps and accidents are another reality of driving cards. And when there’s an accident, there are often medical issues to address. Hopefully they’re only temporary, but in some cases, the after effects of a car accident stick around much longer than they should.
Following a car accident, in addition to standard medical treatment, a lot of people seek treatment from a licensed chiropractor to address their injuries. If you’ve never visited a chiropractor yourself, you’re probably wondering: Why? Does chiropractic treatment offer special benefits that specifically help people who have been injured in a car accident?
To answer these questions, we first have to understand what kind of injuries commonly occur at the moment of a car accident.
The most common type of car accident-related injury is whiplash, which occurs when the neck and/or head are subjected to a sudden backward motion, followed by a sudden forward motion. This usually happens when someone is rear-ended (the most common type of car accident), and can result in pain, stiffness and discomfort that lingers for weeks, months, or in some cases years.
The cervical (or upper) spine is usually the area of focus for chiropractic patients who have been involved in a car accident, and this should come as no surprise. Doctors of chiropractic are experts in spinal health and alignment, and their strategy is to achieve results using subtle manipulations to restore the spine to its natural state. This is preferable to many, as it doesn’t involve drugs or surgery.
But does it actually work? For the countless sufferers of car accident-related injuries who have found lasting, natural relief through this form of treatment, the answer is definitely yes. However, no matter how much evidence people hear, they’re rightfully hesitant to subject themselves to the spinal treatments offered by a reputable chiropractor. That’s why it’s so important to find in practitioner in whom you have complete confidence, and are able to communicate with openly. Whiplash and other spinal injuries can be effectively treated by a good chiropractor, but that first step is developing confidence and trust in the treatment.
Have you been injured in a car accident?
You’ve probably heard this question a million times, and it’s usually a commercial for a law firm. But chiropractic treatment is a real option to enhance your wellness after a car accident. It can accelerate your healing and reduce or eliminate your chronic pain or stiffness. This is assuming, of course, that you work with a reputable and experienced doctor of chiropractic, which you should be able to find in your area. Just pay close attention to social media review scores in the community, and make sure to get all your questions answered before you start treatment.