How can accidents damage your body?
During an accident or injury, vertebrae in the neck or spine can shift out of their proper areas. Ligaments and tendons can be strained or torn. Even in minor car accidents, such as a fender bender, when there are no outward signs of injury, there can, however, be internal injuries such as neck strain, back tension, torn muscles, or soft tissue stress that may cause just as much pain, leaving you unable to go about your normal daily activities and take away from your quality and enjoyment of life.
Without quick diagnosis and a proper treatment plan, pain can escalate and inflammation can prohibit proper healing, causing a longer recovery, missed work, and loss of daily activities. However, with the correct diagnosis and correct rehabilitation plan put in place, recovery time can be diminished and pain can be reduced to a minimum to help you return to normal activity as quickly as possible.
What is rehabilitation?
Getting you back to your normal daily activities is the goal of the care teams that provide rehabilitation. These teams involve the expertise of physicians, psychologists, chiropractors, physical therapists, certified exercise physiologists and massage therapists. These professionals work together in all areas of a patient’s recovery to provide expert diagnosis and treatment.
Why see a chiropractor for rehabilitation?
Chiropractic care and treatment is a vital part of the whole team involved in a patient’s rehabilitation. It is non-invasive and drug-free, working with the body to heal itself. For example, spinal adjustments can help re-align the vertebrae to alleviate pressure on the discs in between the vertebrae, helping to reduce inflammation and thus reduce the pain of slipped discs. Keeping the joints loose and flexible is imperative to the healing processes. After an accident or injury, muscles tend to tighten around joints, putting pressure on ligaments and tendons which surround the joints. A chiropractor can use adjustments to improve the flexibility of the joints in an affected area, reduce the swelling and tightness of muscles, and ease the tension that strain and injury places on tendons and ligaments.
With regular adjustments and with the help of physical therapists and massage therapists, the team as a whole can not only dramatically reduce the pain involved in an accident or injury, but also reduce the recovery time that it would otherwise take to return to the enjoyment of normal daily routines and activities.
For a consultation to find out how chiropractic care can help in a case of whiplash, auto accident, or other injury, contact American Fork Chiropractic and Accident Rehabilitation. Call our office in American Fork Utah at 801-763-8813 and speak with Dr. Anderson, our resident American Fork chiropractor.