Every day millions of people are injured from auto accidents, ranging from small fender benders to very severe auto accidents, causing whiplash and dislocation as well as neck, back and shoulder misalignment.
While many difficulties of pain, swelling and loss of function caused by injuries can be eased with rest and medication, there are many that can be helped with natural solutions that restore the alignment of the body back to its natural frame to alleviate the pain and inflammation caused by an injury.
Locations and types of pain
Whiplash is an injury to the neck due to a sudden distortion or extension of the neck, when the neck experiences a sudden acceleration-deceleration motion. Muscles in the neck and back are overextended and can lead to symptoms from mild to severe pain from stiffness and inflammation in muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments. Headaches, migraines, fatigue, dizziness can lead to an overall feeling of being unwell.
Spine and back
Extreme care must used in cases with injuries to the neck and back. For within the spine is the core of highly sensitive and valuable nerves of the spinal cord. Around the spinal cord are discs, vertebrae, tendons, ligaments and muscles to protect the vulnerable spinal cord. However, through accident or injury, if one of the vertebrae or discs becomes displaced, immense pain can result as well as the fact that the spinal cord is vulnerable to pressure and permanent nerve damage.
Symptoms may include numbness or pain in the hip, leg, or foot. Furthermore, if left without treatment for an extended time, pain may increase and permanent nerve damage may result with a loss of feeling in that limb. Pain or anti-inflammatory medication may help alleviate pain symptoms or reduce swelling; however it is important to treat the actual cause.
What can a chiropractor do to help?
Chiropractic spinal manipulation and adjustment helps return the spine and neck vertebrae back into is proper order to reduce inflammation and pain cause by the effects of an auto accident as well as decrease the recovery time of the patient. Returning the vertebrae, discs and spinal column back to its original alignment reduces the strain put on other muscles, tendons and ligaments that often overcompensate for the injury. A chiropractic adjustment helps increase proper blood circulation to the injured area, encourages range of motion and flexibility and alleviates pain to speed the recovery time that will allow a patient to return to normal activity.
Don’t leave your health to risk or tolerate pain unnecessary pain from an auto accident. Trust the expertise of a professionally trained and skilled chiropractor and 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 Provo chiropractor.