How do you know you should see a chiropractor after an auto accident?
Rest and over-the-counter pain medications are not alleviating your pain.
You don’t, “have time to be hurt”.
Recovering without the use of medication or surgery, if possible, is important to you.
You’re ready to get back to your daily activities and feeling like yourself.
Why see a chiropractor after a car accident?
Chiropractic Care & Auto Injury Recovery
Millions of people are injured in auto accidents every year. When the vehicle is impacted during a collision, the muscles and ligaments around your spine are usually stretched or torn. This may cause whiplash or extreme pain and inflammation. Often times, these injuries do not appear on X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs.
Chiropractors treat musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries after a car accident. They use therapies such as decompression, ultrasound, cold laser, and interferential which have proved successful in alleviating the stiffness and pain resulting from car accidents.
What Happens to Your Body in a Car Accident?
Motor vehicle accidents involve rapid changes in acceleration, deceleration, and trajectory. This is why it is extremely important to wear your seat belt!
However, your body can still be seriously injured in a car accident while wearing the belt. The body is held in place by a seat belt, but the head, neck, arms, and legs are free to move back and forth. The abrupt impact from a rear-end collision often results in the neck jolting forward. This causes the spine to propel itself forward abruptly causing an injury commonly known as whiplash.
Muscle and joint stiffness or other soft-tissue injuries are also common in auto accidents. These types of injuries may not appear on x-rays, MRIs, or CT scans. A chiropractor can evaluate musculoskeletal injuries after an auto accident and develop a treatment plan to help you recover after your accident.
Injuries from car accidents may also put pressure on the sciatic nerve, which is responsible for feeling in the legs. The pressure on the nerve causes sciatica, which many times will manifest as pain radiating from the lower back down to the back of the injured leg. Most patients suffering with sciatica see reduced pain and inflammation within six to eight weeks of starting chiropractic treatment and following their recommended treatment plan.
Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than 6 months. This may be present in individuals who have been in an auto accident. While opioid prescription pain medications are often times prescribed to treat the pain, they do not address the underlying cause of the pain—only the symptoms. This is why the CDC recommends considering a full range of therapeutic options—like chiropractic—to treat chronic pain. However, auto accident victims are 80 percent more likely to experience the onset of chronic pain than those who experience other physically traumatic events.
Chiropractic adjustments address and treat the underlying spinal injury after an injury. This not only helps to reduce pain, but also relieves pressure on the nerves and muscles, restores normal function to the body’s systems, and optimizes the nervous system. When patients use chiropractic in conjunction with complementary therapies and adhering to the recommended treatment plan, chiropractic care may help restore the body to its full range of motion after an auto accident.
What types of auto accident injuries do you treat?
All patients receive a full examination and x-rays, if needed. Once a physician diagnoses your injuries, they will recommend a treatment plan for your specific injuries and case type. Our physicians help with a wide variety of injuries including:
- Back pain
- Frozen shoulder
- Herniated discs
- Improper posture and form
- IT bands
- Labral tears
- Limited range of motion
- Muscle strains
- Neck pain
- Nerve pain
- Soft tissue issues
- And more!
Your out-of-pocket cost will vary based on your health insurance benefits.
You can review the average cost of healthcare treatments and procedures in your area by visiting fairhleathconsumer.org. Upon enrollment at Loehr Health Center, formerly Loehr Chiropractic & Acupuncture, our financial office team will run your insurance benefits. Your benefits will be reviewed with you at your first appointment. your consent will be given prior to any treatment is given or fees incurred.
Do You Accept Auto Accident Cases?
Yes, we accept auto injury cases. Our goal is to support patients’ physical
recovery after an auto accident.
- We work with insurance companies and attorneys on a daily basis to help
patients process their claims and provide records they need for their individual
auto injury case.
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Auto Accident Injury and Chiropractic FAQs
Chiropractors specialize in the treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries.
Chiropractors use a hands-on approach to treatment—without the use of surgeries or medicine. They can give advice on how to decrease your pain and improve your health using holistic treatments and referring you to another doctor for medication or surgery when it is medically necessary. Read more.
Our chiropractors complete a full exam including x-rays, if necessary, on all patients. Additional assessments may be completed depending on what activities you participate in and what your recovery goal is.
We understand how to treat injuries after a motor vehicle accident, and we specialize in treating them with natural, non-invasive methods. Our auto injury rehabilitation chiropractors and team members are ready to help you alleviate your pain that can result from being in a car accident.
To help you recover after an auto injury, we create a customized treatment program specifically for you using the following diagnostic testing and treatments:
Our athletic trainers help a wide variety of individuals including those who have been in an auto accident. They assist individuals with:
- Lifting patterns
- Gait training
- Proper technique and form
- Agility work
- Strength training
- and more!
If medically necessary, we will refer for surgery or other medical treatments.
At Loehr Health Center, formerly Loehr Chiropractic & Acupuncture, we are equipped to put our knowledge and skills to helping you recover from an auto injury. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and discuss our approach to care. Our chiropractors will ensure that you are comfortable with the recommended treatment plan before proceeding. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started.
Getting into an auto accident creates a series of events in motion that aren’t always resolved easily or quickly. Injuries are sustained, even in low-speed impacts. Roadworthy looking vehicles are totaled. Medical care comes into play, information needs to be …Continue Reading