1. Injuries are not Always Obvious
Obviously broken bones, lacerations, or bruising will be easy injuries to spot after a car crash. However, there are other soft tissue injuries that are not always apparent immediately following a motor vehicle accident.
It could take hours or a few days to feel the symptoms of whiplash, such as dizziness, headaches, soreness, or pain in the upper back and neck.
The best way to deal with an auto injury is to catch it early on. This means, if you were involved in a car accident, do not wait to seek treatment until you feel pain.
Ignoring a potential injury can lead to long-term pain, which is why it is essential to see a chiropractor immediately following your accident so they can properly diagnose your injuries and start you on a treatment plan before the pain becomes unbearable.
2. Reduces Inflammation
When you are involved in a car accident, micro-tears in the ligaments and muscles are a common injury, and unfortunately, an X-ray is not going to catch them.
These tears in the muscles are the main reason people wake up after a car crash in severe pain wondering what is wrong because their X-rays looked normal.
The non-invasive chiropractic adjustments realign the spine and joints significantly reducing pain and promoting healing without the need for surgery or medication.
3. Reduces Scar Tissue
Scar tissue can develop on the muscles inside the body after a car accident injury occurs. This tissue will cause the victim to feel uncomfortable and stiff.
A chiropractic doctor can specifically target the damaged areas, breaking up the scar tissue faster than just letting it heal on its own. This will ensure that the injured person feels better and heals properly at a much faster rate then if they avoid treatment altogether.
4. Avoid Long-Term Pain
Minor car accident injuries can become serious long-term problems if the conditions are left untreated.
Symptoms of auto accident injuries can continue for years if you fail to seek proper medical care and can become a chronic condition that leads to emotional anguish as well as physical.
Seeing a chiropractor immediately after your accident will help to avoid long-term, chronic pain conditions from developing. Your doctor will be able to diagnose and treat your injury before it has the chance to manifest into a much larger problem.
5. Restores Range of Motion
If you suffer a neck or back injury in a car wreck, the inflammation that occurs can cause even more problems. This reduces mobility and causes even more muscle tightness to occur in order to protect the injured joints.
When you receive a chiropractic adjustment, it will mobilize your spine, restoring range of motion and allowing the body to begin the natural healing process at a much faster rate.
6. Improves your Chances at Making a Successful Claim
If you were injured in a car accident that was caused by another person's negligence, seeing a chiropractor after your accident will improve your chance at receiving the compensation that you deserve. A proper exam, diagnoses, and treatment plan will go a long way in determining the value of your claim. A chiropractor may also refer to other providers for co-management of care. This may include massage therapy, physical therapy, or acupuncture.