After an auto injury, chronic pain can begin to follow you wherever you go. Although you may feel grateful to be alive, the injury that a car crash can cause may severely hinder your way of life.
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What conditions can an auto injury cause?
A car accident can cause everything from simple scratches to death. However, during a car accident, the patient most commonly experiences chronic pain in the form of whiplash.
Symptoms of whiplash include:
- Inability to move head
- Chronic pain
- Stiffness in the neck
You may also be experiencing pinched nerves or spinal injuries. If gone untreated, these can lead to long-term medical issues. If you’re experiencing chronic pain, it’s likely you’ll need long-term treatment.
In cases where you’re also experiencing confusion, trouble speaking, dizziness, or trouble thinking, you should see Dr. Schrier immediately, as you may be going through a concussion, which can be serious.
How can chiropractic treatment help auto related injuries?
Because your body is a complex system, chiropractic care treats it as one. Your entire musculoskeletal system needs to be aligned after an auto injury to relieve pressure on the nerves, reduce the pain of strains, and make all of the nerve signals your brain sends to the rest of your body work properly.
First, Dr. Schrier will take your medical history and talk to you about your accident. After doing a physical evaluation, he may order an X-ray. That allows him to see your pain’s exact source. Once he pinpoints the cause of your issue, using the NUCCA system, he customizes a series of treatments and manipulations that target the cause of your pain.
In doing so, he resets the nervous system and realigns your spine. That prevents your body from experiencing long-term negative effects of an auto injury, such as chronic pain.
What should I do at home to help with the pain of an auto injury?
If you’re experiencing chronic pain from whiplash, Dr. Schrier may suggest you take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to help with the pain. In some cases, he will recommend a neck brace for a short period to prevent exacerbating the injury.
If you’ve recently been in a car accident, and are suffering from an auto injury it’s time to start the road to real recovery. That means aligning your spine, relieving pressure on your joints, and avoiding long-term chronic pain. Contact Schrier Family Chiropractic & Regenerative Medicine to learn more.
How soon after an auto injury should I be checked by a chiropractor?
The sooner the better. Many times pain doesn’t show up for days or weeks, so getting the body aligned quickly can prevent pain. Aside from that, in Florida, you must see a healthcare provider — including a chiropractor — within 14 days to take advantage of your auto insurance health benefits.
If you or a loved one are looking for treatment after an auto injury in Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach or any city in Palm Beach County, call us today at (561) 445-2648 to schedule a free consultation.