Why You Need To Visit A Chiropractor After A Minor Car Accident
No matter how safe a driver you are, you’re still left to the mercy of other motorists on the road. Even a minor car accident is something to take seriously. A fender bender can result in a little dent, but its impact can cause damage to your body that may manifest later.
After being involved in a minor car accident, check in with your chiropractor to make sure everything is okay. Here’s why:
What happens to your body in a minor accident?
Whether you bump into a car ahead or you had to suddenly hit the brakes, the impact can cause stress on the body. Your neck will quickly move back and forth due to the impact, even if you’re wearing a seatbelt. The sudden jolt caused by the collision can injure the soft tissue in your neck. This condition is known as whiplash or a neck sprain, which requires the immediate attention of a chiropractor.
What is whiplash?
When you’re involved in a minor accident, the impact throws your head backward then forward. This happens because the impact was not anticipated and your body isn’t able to stabilize itself. This backward and forward movement compresses the joints in your spine and stretches the muscles and ligaments that protect your neck. While you won’t feel the impact of this movement immediately, symptoms may develop within 24 hours.
If you have experienced any of the following symptoms, it’s very likely you have suffered from whiplash:
- Upper back pain
- Lower back pain
- Arm and leg pain
- Jaw pain
- Blurred vision
- Loss of hearing or ringing in the ear
- Numbness and tingling
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Image Alt Text: Headaches caused by whiplash.
How a chiropractor can help you
Your neck is connected to your spine and, therefore, a chiropractor can adjust your spine to help improve your range of motion. Any misalignment is taken care of, reducing the pain and stiffness you’re experiencing. You might require physiotherapy as well, depending on the damage caused.
Shelby County Chiropractic is a one-stop source for all your chiropractic needs. Run under the guidance of experts Dr. William Yadon and Dr. Stapleton D.C, our affordable chiropractic care caters to patients experiencing pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion. We cater to shoulder pain, back pain, hip pain and provide therapeutic tape therapy, aqua massage, electrical stimulation, and cold laser therapy. Contact us today and see for yourself the difference chiropractic treatment can make in your life.