After an accident, it is important to visit a trauma chiropractor who can provide immediate treatment. Being in an accident is incredibly traumatic and can make it difficult to think clearly and know what steps to take next. We recommend visiting the emergency room to ensure that there is nothing that could lead to long-term damage like internal bleeding, broken bones or head trauma. Once cleared by the ER doctor, it is then wise to visit our clinic for an examination and treatment.
Professional examination and treatment
We can conduct an examination and analyze how the accident has traumatized the back and make treatment recommendations accordingly. This process should take place regardless of if someone was in a car accident, slipped and fell at the store or suffered a workplace injury.
While the body may be more likely to experience trauma in a car accident than slipping and falling, it is crucial to seek professional treatment. Even falling can cause the body to suddenly jerk and the back to move out of alignment.
Effects of trauma on the back, shoulder, or neck
There are several issues that trauma causes. One issue is spondylolisthesis, a disorder that occurs when one bone slips forward and touches the bone below it, causing incredible pain and a possible loss of mobility. Whiplash can also happen during an accident.
When a car crash causes the body to suddenly jerk forward and then backward again, the neck moves like a rubber band. This motion is known as whiplash that damages the muscles and ligaments in the neck and back. Whiplash creates a great deal of pain and discomfort, including soreness and headaches.
As a trauma chiropractor, we treat patients that suffer from all types of injuries. The most important thing we can recommend is to visit our clinic as soon as possible. The longer a person waits to receive chiropractic care, the longer it will take to recover.
When we treat a patient we are looking to identify and treat the root cause of the problem. We want to know what happened in the accident, how the back was impacted by it and what the results are. This knowledge allows us to create a treatment plan that is specific and comprehensive to the patient.
Very often, our treatments include spinal manipulation to move the vertebrae into alignment. If the disc slips, it may be necessary to perform decompression therapy to help create more space between the vertebrae. By relieving the pressure, we can relieve the pain.
A coordinated approach
Next, it is necessary to strengthen the back and core to prevent the body from becoming reinjured while it is still recovering. This involves carefully coordinated exercises under our supervision and at home. To relieve muscle tension and soreness, we may also incorporate massage therapy into the treatment plan.
Together, our coordinated approach produces excellent results and allows our patients to recover without the need for surgery. As a trauma chiropractor, we take great pride in our ability to help patients live life fully. For help after your accident or for help with any back pain, call and schedule an appointment with our clinic.