Millions of people are injured in car accidents each year. Both low speed and high speed accidents can result in serious injuries. Low speed accidents usually resulting in muscle strains and whiplash while high speed accidents can result in injuries that are more serious, with symptoms that may include neck and back pain, numbness, and anxiety. Chiropractic treatment options for some of the most common accident injuries are outlined below.
Physical therapy and chiropractic manipulation can be used to control pain and reduce muscle spasms that occur from whiplash. Electrical stimulation can provide short-term relief, and mobilization techniques provided can also relieve pain. Additional treatments might include muscle therapy, which works to reduce pain that is associated with muscle spasms, and it can also prevent inflammation from turning into scar tissue within the affected muscles. Read our previous article for more information on whiplash prevention.
Chiropractic care involves the treatment of lower back pain through manual manipulation, and this involves short arm thrusts that are applied to the vertebrae in order to improve functioning and reduce the irritability of the nerves. Many studies have shown that these therapies are effective for lower back pain treatment along with the treatment of radiculopathy and lumbar herniated discs. Chiropractors can also recommend exercises and stretching techniques that can help to prevent back pain from coming back in the future.
Chiropractors can also provide assistance in the treatment of headaches. A Doctor of Chiropractic may perform a chiropractic adjustment in order to improve the function of the spine so that it can alleviate stress on the body. Chiropractors can also offer advice on ergonomics, posture, relaxation techniques, and exercises that can relieve joint tension and irritation of the neck and upper back muscles that can cause headaches.