Many times, people are involved in car accidents at slow speeds, such as under 10 miles per hour. Serious injuries like whiplash, strains/sprains of muscles and torn or strained ligaments can occur at low speeds. Vehicles can be stopped at a red light or stop sign, be rear ended and these injuries can happen as well as slow speed impacts. I have personally helped many patients recover from injuries that occurred at all speeds.
Injuries typically are not felt immediately after the accident. It may be days, weeks, or even months before injuries surface. If you've been involved in a car accident, it is important to be checked by a chiropractor.
We are trained to assess for injury with specific x-rays and an examination.
An exam, x-rays and treatment with a chiropractor can save many years of pain and suffering.
[builder_callout]Getting checked medically, more times than not is not going to give you a complete assessment of injury, and typical treatment will be anti-inflammatory drugs, or pain killers. These treatments are masking symptoms at best, not promoting healing.[/builder_callout]
Treating with a chiropractor has many benefits.
Getting chiropractic adjustments reduces inflammation. Treatments medically for inflammation are generally anti-inflammatory pills that do nothing for reducing long term pain and stiffness.
Getting chiropractic care reduces laying down of unorganized scar tissue. Adjustments promote linear laying down of scar tissue that has a big relationship for faster healing and function of the injured areas. This is a much better approach than leaving the injured areas alone.
Chiropractic adjustments prevent the need for addictive medications. Chiropractic adjustments promote natural healing rather than masking symptoms with medication.
Adjustments prevent small injuries from becoming big injuries.
Chiropractic adjustments improve your range of motion, after an accident. This is significant because healing of injuries occurs faster and better with good movement.
Chiropractic adjustments help reduce pain.
Many people notice immediate pain relief after adjustments. This is due to the natural pain reducing hormones after an adjustment.
This certainly is the time of the year to be careful while driving. We sometimes forget early in the winter how to drive in the snow. Many have not changed their tires in a while and we can't control another driver. Accidents happen, we need to be extra careful when driving in the winter. I believe everyone should see a chiropractor if you are involved in a car accident, there is not a better option. Get checked.