Auto accidents can be traumatic experiences, especially when the aftermath includes dealing with painful injuries. Only patience and time can truly help anyone get fully past this unpleasant situation, but there are some things that can assist with moving the healing process along more smoothly and with a lot less pain and suffering.
At Islands Chiropractic and Massage we are proud to serve the communities of Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert and the surrounding areas with high-quality chiropractic care. We have many years of experience in treating accident victims, as well as other sufferers of various chronic injuries. Our car injury treatment for whiplash, back strain, and other accident-related injuries, focuses on not only alleviating pain but on helping to reduce the emotional stress that often results after being involved in an accident.
What is Whiplash & What Causes it?
Essentially, whiplash refers to the movement that the head makes when it is affected by the impact of sitting in a car that gets bluntly rear-ended by another car. The force of the impact may cause the heads of the passengers in the car to abruptly thrust forward and then quickly jerk back — similar to the motion of a cracking whip. This sharp jerking motion puts undue strain on the muscles of the neck, which throws the spinal joints in that area out of alignment. This misalignment may cause the disks that connect and support the bones of the spine to rupture, get pinched or sustain other types of damage. These effects typically result in pain, discomfort and limited range of motion in the neck region.
The Importance of Immediate Treatment
One of the things that many people don’t realize with car accidents is that injuries don’t always immediately show up in the aftermath of the accident. Sometimes, it can take several hours, days or even weeks before any indication of symptoms appear. By that time, the injury will undoubtedly have gotten worse. This is why, even if you don’t feel injured, it’s crucial to get examined and x-rayed as soon as possible after an accident. A chiropractor can do a thorough check of your musculoskeletal structure to detect any damage to muscles, soft tissues or bones that you may not yet be able to feel. Getting diagnosed early can help you to avoid pain and suffering, prevent any further injuries and save you money on restorative treatments.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Whiplash
Chiropractic care focuses on all-natural, non-invasive and drug-free methods. Our expertise lies in maintaining the integrity of the musculoskeletal structure and we use a highly effective, hands-on, intuitive approach to healing ailments and relieving pain. When joints are thrown out of alignment, we can quickly get to the source of the pain and make an immediate spinal adjustment to help alleviate it. We don’t look for temporary solutions that merely mask the pain in the moment, we address the pain in a way that encourages long-term relief.