It is critical that chiropractic care is sought immediately after an automobile accident since allowing the effects of whiplash to go untreated can induce long-term pain.
The seriousness of the physical effects of an accident is not always known or felt immediately following. Symptoms may appear immediately or 2-3 days later which is why entering treatment quickly is essential to your recovery. (1)
Any body part that is jarred or jostled unexpectedly and beyond normal limits can sustain stretched ligaments and even tears. Those supporting the head and neck are especially vulnerable to this kind of tearing during a collision. The body will begin to repair damaged soft tissue with collagen fibers forming a scar and since scar tissue is not as elastic the injured individual will experience stiffness and less mobility.
Since doctors of chiropractic specialize in the care of bones, joints, muscles, nerves and connective tissue, they are the appropriate provider type to visit after an accident. All those major parts of the body are important to keep in optimal health and correct alignment so they can function properly and all body systems can operate seamlessly. Beginning care, preferably within 7 days (2), means better healing and faster recovery. Even a car crash that is seemingly minor with limited damage to the car itself can cause significant, and even long term injury, to the driver and passengers.
At Sport & Spine Rehab we provide an evidence-informed approach to treating injuries from a motor vehicle collision. We combine chiropractic manipulation with physical rehabilitation to optimize your recovery returning you to a happier, healthier lifestyle as quickly as possible.
1)???? DMV.org- Steps following a personal injury motor accident
2)???? Algorithms for the Chiropractic Management of Acute and Chronic Spine-Related Pain