Anyone who has experienced an auto accident knows that it can be a frightening and confusing time. The first priority following an accident is always to get proper medical care for any immediate medical conditions, especially injuries that could be potentially dangerous or life threatening. Once the initial shock of the accident is over, though, it’s critical to address any long-term health issues. Left untreated, these conditions could turn into significant chronic pain or other problems, so it’s critical to address them quickly and in the most effective way possible, which often means visiting with a chiropractor.
Most Common Car Accident Injuries
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 2 million passenger vehicle occupants were injured in 2013, and 96 percent of all vehicle accidents reported to police involved passenger vehicles. There are many factors that influence what types of injuries a passenger might sustain in an accident, but the most common ones include:
- Neck sprain
- Mid- and low back sprains
- Herniated discs
- Cuts and scrapes
- Broken ribs
- Broken or fractured extremities, such as arms, legs, ankles, and wrists
Chiropractic Treatments for Auto Accident Injuries
While each person’s case is unique, and treatment will be different based on the individual and the injuries sustained, there are some common treatment options that you might get if you visit a chiropractor for help. Chiropractors are uniquely qualified to help with some structural and soft tissue injuries with treatments that include:
- Exercises and stretches
- Muscle stimulation
- Muscle relaxation
- Ergonomic and stabilization exercises
Chiropractic manipulation, often called spinal manipulation, is a common therapy used to treat back and neck pain. A chiropractor generally applies pressure to vertebrae that are not functioning normally, with the goal of reducing nerve pain or improving function and range of motion.
Exercises and stretches might be prescribed in cases where your injury involves soft tissue, or where it’s limiting your range of motion. In these situations you might go to the chiropractor for some of the treatment, as well as getting some additional exercises and stretches to do on your own.
Your chiropractor may also recommend some ergonomic and stabilization exercises that you can use at home or work to increase your chances of a successful long-term recovery.
A chiropractor is specially trained to help treat some of the most common problems that come as a result of an auto accident. Getting immediate treatment can reduce the chance that you will suffer from pain in the long term.