Auto Injury Pain Relief Chiropractor
Have you been recently injured in an auto accident? First of all, we would like to extend our sympathy that you had to go through such a tough ordeal. Auto injuries can be extremely serious, and have life-long ramifications. One of the most common and sometimes overlooked injuries during a car accident is whiplash. If you suspect that you may have experienced a whiplash injury or other injury during a recent auto accident, it’s best to contact a Minnesota Chiropractor right away for a full chiropractic workup.
Shocking Auto Injury Statistics
Roughly 2.31 million people were injured in vehicle crashes in 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While this number was down a bit from the previous year, it’s still a staggering statistic. Another study from the Insurance Research Council shows that medical expenses from auto injury claimants continue to increase, even faster than the inflation rate.
Common Auto Accident Myths
“I don’t have pain right now – so I’m probably ok.”
Certain symptoms like headaches, back pain or neck pain can sometimes take weeks or even months to appear.
“I’m safe because I drive a large SUV.”
While a larger vehicle may have more room to crumple than a smaller car, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s safer. Larger SUVs are heavier, which reduces their maneuverability and braking effectiveness. SUVs also are known to rollover much easier than sedans, which can result in much more serious auto injuries.
“There’s no way I’m injured since there isn’t much damage to my car.”
It is usually misunderstood that a small amount of damage to your vehicle equates to little or no injury to you or any other passengers in your vehicle. Even in a low speed motor vehicle accident, a person’s head, body and neck can change in speed quickly forcing significant stress on the entire body. Research from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego indicates that even low speed rear impact accidents can cause whiplash injuries when no property damage is detected.
Effective Treatment for Auto Injuries
- Chiropractic - If you have suffered an auto injury such as whiplash, chiropractic care is a good choice to help reduce your pain levels and restore proper alignment to the spine.
- Massage Therapy - While not necessarily thought of as the first line of defense for an auto accident, massage therapy can help to alleviate pain and discomfort from auto injuries such as whiplash. A massage therapist is able to increase blood flow to certain areas of the body, which helps to deliver nutrients to the muscles and eliminate acids and other waste that can be causing pain.
- Stretching - Initially after a whiplash injury from an auto accident, it’s best to rest. Avoid strenuous exercise for the first 24-48 hours and focus on using treatments like ice and heat to reduce pain. Should you still feel pain, it may be a good idea to contact your local Chiropractor for help with stretching exercises that may alleviate some of the whiplash pain.
Don’t Take Chances with Auto Injuries
In auto injuries your body can be stressed immensely, resulting in whiplash injuries forcing muscles, joints and ligaments to be torn and stretched from their original positions. This type of injury causes the nerves in your body to shrink, which can result in severe pain. Without proper chiropractic care, these injuries can become much worse, resulting in a permanent condition known as fibrosis. Don’t take the chance of developing a life-long condition – contact your MN Chiropractor for a full consultation.
Contact Caring Chiropractic Center today at 763-421-1905 to setup an appointment to discuss your auto injury chiropractic treatment options.