Being in a car accident can be a very terrifying and overwhelming experience. You may have to deal with permanent disabilities or serious injuries that may take months or even years to heal.
For faster recovery, many victims are now turning to chiropractic care. Aside from being a drug-free alternative, chiropractic care is desirable for the following reasons;
- It is effective in treating whiplash
Whiplash is one of the most common auto accident injuries. Nearly 300,000 whiplash injuries occur yearly, a majority of them at low speeds, with some studies showing that it takes as little as a 2.5 miles-per-hour change in speed to injure your neck. The injuries are also some of the most difficult to treat. One study found that many auto accident victims who visited an emergency room were still in pain six weeks later. Using a variety of drug-free techniques, from spinal adjustment to muscle stimulation, chiropractors can treat whiplash symptom once and for all.
- Chiropractic care relieves pain
Depending on the severity of their injuries, victims of auto accidents can remain on pain reliving drugs for a long time. Researchers have found that nearly half of whiplash victims remain in pain for more than three months while 25 percent were still on pain relieving drugs six months later. Chiropractic care can help you avoid drug cycles because physical manipulation helps the body produce more pain-reducing hormones leading to faster recovery. Some auto accident victims report an 80 percent reduction in pain after just a few weeks of chiropractic care.
- Chiropractic care restores mobility
Other than pain, another major worry when you’re involved in a car accident is compromised mobility. The neck and back can become stiff and sore, affecting your range of motion. If left unattended, immobility can slow down healing because blood and nutrients won’t be able to freely travel through the body. Chiropractics work with patients to help get them moving again as soon as possible before scar tissues develop.
- It supports long-term healing
Finally, one shortcoming of medical care is that once you’re feeling better, you’re discharged and allowed to return home. No one really cares about preparing you for post-treatment life. That’s where chiropractic care is different. To ensure lasting healing, chiropractors often integrate rehabilitative exercises into their treatment to improve flexibility and strengthen muscles surrounding the spine so that patients aren’t left vulnerable to re-injury.
If you've been injured in an auto accident Dr. Brian Wells has extensive training and experience in helping auto accident victims recover and return to normal activities. Call Dr. Brian Wells today for an appointment. We're ready to help.