When was the last time you had an accident? It could have been tripping, running into something, or falling down the stairs. You may have been one of around three million Americans who are involved in a car accident every year. Unfortunately, accidents and injuries occur all the time. If we are lucky, they can be fairly minor and result in minimal trauma. However, some are much more significant, causing significant suffering.
The trouble is that the effects of some types of injuries after an accident don’t always show up right away. This is especially true of car accidents, where adrenalin pumping around your body can mask the initial pain and any other symptoms that will eventually cause you problems. In fact, it’s not unusual for some people to not notice symptoms for several days.
If you have been involved in an accident, it’s usually advisable to see a chiropractor as soon as you can following the incident. Chiropractors are trained professionals that specialize in the musculoskeletal system – the bones, muscles, and connective tissues to which many non-visible injuries occur. Using their extensive knowledge and experience, they can assess your body and determine if you have been affected by problems such as whiplash, muscle strains, or tendon damage, which could cause you pain and other issues if left untreated.
Here are a few reasons why it’s essential that you prioritize seeing a chiropractor following your accident.
As we now know, many injuries aren’t always obvious right away. You may even feel as though you’ve been able to walk away from an accident completely unharmed. However, to the trained eye, any trauma to your musculoskeletal system will almost certainly be visible. This may be evident in your posture, the way that you move, or your response when your body is moved in a certain way. Your chiropractor can perform a thorough assessment, identify any issues, and get started on treating them right away. The earlier treatment begins, the more likely you are to be able to avoid long-term injury and chronic pain.
Most people who have been involved in an accident that has affected their musculoskeletal system will experience pain. While over-the-counter pain relievers may alleviate this, you may dislike the idea of taking medication, particularly if you come to rely on it for a long period of time while you recover from your injury. Fortunately, chiropractic treatment offers a great alternative because, unlike medication, it treats the cause of the pain rather than just the feeling of the pain itself. As you heal, your pain will become increasingly less, enabling you to manage without taking drugs.
Moving around might be painful and difficult after your injury. This is often due to inflammation – a natural process that your body instigates to protect itself. However, this inflammation can cause stiffness and pain that makes even simple things like climbing stairs or turning over in bed more difficult than they should be. Nevertheless, chiropractic techniques will help to reduce this inflammation so that you can regain your mobility again.
There’s no doubt that you will want to get back to your usual activities as quickly as you can following your accident, but if you have sustained an injury, this will take time. The good news is that chiropractic treatment can help to speed up your recovery. This is because when your spine is realigned, your central nervous system will be able to function properly. This results in reduced inflammation; more oxygen and nutrients being delivered to the damaged area and the healing process accelerating. Regular chiropractic sessions could take weeks if not months off of your recovery, enabling you to get back to living life to the fullest.
If you’ve recently been involved in an accident or sustained an injury and you haven’t yet seen a chiropractor for an assessment, contact our dedicated chiropractic team at Bloomingdale Chiropractic Clinic in Valrico, Florida at (813) 654-3921.