Whiplash, herniated disk, damage to the spinal cord, and concussions are some of the most common injuries you can get from car-related accidents. They can range from minor, uncomfortable or temporary issues to recurring, prolonged, and really painful conditions.
If you figured in an auto accident and are suffering from some form of injury because of it, aside from getting treatment from your doctor or specialist, you can also consider consulting a chiropractor. Chiropractic care is considered by many as one of the best ways to treat and heal patients suffering from auto injuries. This is because chiropractic treatments work by restoring the normal function of your spine thereby allowing the tissues to heal and become pain-free.
Below are the different ways chiropractic care can help patients who are feeling pain and other issues because of an automotive accident:
Chiropractic treatment can reduce inflammation. The ligaments and muscles that make up your spine can be stretched or experience micro-tears during an automotive crash. The tissue damage acquired from the accident can cause the area to become inflamed. In most instances, an auto injury patient won’t feel much discomfort immediately after the crash but they can wake up the next morning to a stiff and really painful neck. These two conditions are caused by the body’s inflammation response to these micro-lesions. Experts say that chiropractic adjustments can help the body release anti-inflammatory Interleukin 6 or IL-6 – an important substance created by your body that plays an important role in helping heal acute injuries.
It can help reduce scar tissues. Scar tissues come up once your body heals ligaments, tendon, and muscle injuries. They are made up of the same kind of cells as the original tissue but they are laid down rapidly and randomly as a temporary “patch” on top of the damaged area. If you get scar tissue in a large muscle, it can be uncomfortable until you stretch it out; however, it most likely won’t cause any long-term problems or discomfort. On the other hand, scar tissue in the ligaments of your neck or back can be much more debilitating since you can’t stretch this out yourself. A chiropractor though can focus the adjustments on the particular vertebral joints that are fixated, effectively stretch them, and break up the scar tissue in the joint.
It can help restore motion. Inflammation causes tissues to become immobile, which can slow down healing to the injured area. Because of the injury and inflammation, ligaments of the spine don’t get many nutrients or blood supply as they normally do. With chiropractic adjustments, the joints of your spine are mobilized and this helps increase blood flow and movement of healing nutrients to the area.