Why You Should See a Chiropractor Instead of a Doctor After a Car Crash
Car crashes can cause numerous neck and back injuries due to the tremendous amount of force that occurs during a collision. The injuries you have sustained might tempt you to schedule a visit with your physician, but you should actually see a chiropractor instead.
Chiropractors are trained to treat parts of the body that are in pain, whereas a doctor is much more likely to prescribe medication. While prescription medication may temporarily subside pain, medication does not treat pain.
A car accident can be a traumatic experience for any person. This is especially true if you are suffering from temporary or chronic pain caused by a car crash. It is important to visit a professional who can target the area of the body that is in pain and treat it. Injuries such as whiplash or a herniated disc can be treated by a chiropractor rather than your primary care physician.
The Basics of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat injuries that you may have sustained in a car crash. Chiropractors specialize in treating tendons, ligaments, discs, and muscles that have become damaged from severe trauma. While chiropractors are not allowed to perform surgery or to prescribe pain medication, they are able to treat back, neck, and spine injuries directly. Chiropractors can also prevent the advancement of herniation, correct subluxations, and treat muscle strains. Chiropractors are also well-equipped to repair ligaments, nerve damage, and other injuries that can’t be fixed through surgery.
3 additional ways a chiropractor can help you include:
Treating invisible injuries effectively
Reducing pain and inflammation
Restoring your range of motion
Chiropractors Can Treat Invisible Injuries Effectively
If you have been in a car accident, it may take hours for the symptoms of whiplash to show up. Dizziness, soreness, nausea, headache, upper back and neck pain are all symptoms of whiplash. Those suffering from whiplash need to be treated as soon as they begin to see symptoms and a chiropractor is the first professional you should visit to treat whiplash.
Chiropractors Can Help Minimize Pain and Inflammation
Common injuries that are caused by a car crash include micro-tears in muscles and ligaments. A micro-tear can cause a person to wake up sore, which can prompt a person to visit a doctor. One issue you will run into if you visit a doctor is that an x-ray can’t recognize micro-tears in a muscle or ligament.
A chiropractor will use spinal manipulation to realign your spinal column. This allows your body to release an anti-inflammatory substance, which can reduce the inflammation and pain in your body with ease.
Chiropractors Can Restore Your Range of Motion
If you suffer from a back, neck, or spine injury caused by a car crash, the ensuing injury and inflammation can lead to further complications. Inflammation slows down the healing process by preventing the blood and nutrients in your body from reaching parts of the body that are in pain. When you are treated by a chiropractor, your neck and spine will be re-aligned, which can restore your range of motion within your neck and back.
After a car crash, you may be tempted to visit a doctor before you visit a chiropractor. More often than not, you will walk out of your physician’s office with a prescription to minimize your pain.
While the pain you are suffering from might be temporarily reduced, it will not have been treated. Visiting a doctor is not a practical solution to treat chronic pain. The only practical solution to treat spinal injuries is to schedule a consultation with Aim High Chiropractic at 303.922.2977.