Each year Americans as a whole spend over one million days in hospital care following auto accidents, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The injuries that result from car crashes often require extended treatment to increase mobility and to resolve lingering pain.
Even though both prescription and over-the-counter pain medications have numerous benefits, they aren't the only answers. If you, or a loved one, has an auto accident-related injury, take a look at what chiropractic service can do.
Back, leg, shoulder, neck, and other auto accident injuries can all result in pain. Whether the pain is temporary or chronic, you don't have to live with the constant discomfort. While prescription medications can resolve pain, they can also have side effects. Even though some patients never experience side effects, others might. If you have an interest in exploring non-drug-related pain management therapies, you're in luck - there are options.
Alternatives to medication use, such as chiropractic care, eliminate the risks of pharmaceutical side effects while still treating the pain. Consequently, general acceptance of non-pharmaceutical pain relief is growing. In 2015, the Joint Commission (which certifies and accredits tens of thousands of health care programs in the U.S.) added chiropractic practices as part of its pain management standard.
An auto accident-related injury can result in decreased range of motion. Whether the pain makes it hard to move or the injury itself prevents you from engaging in normal daily activities, chiropractic care can help - especially after a back or neck injury.
By manipulating the joints, the chiropractor can restore mobility, helping you to heal from your car accident injury. This can decrease lingering stiffness that may get in the way of movement. Again, this is done without the use of medication. Patients can use chiropractic care alone or along with continued physical therapy.
Inflammation is the body's natural response to illness or injury. Even though swelling is your body's way of protecting an injured area, it can cause discomfort on a serious scale. Like pain, your doctor can prescribe medications to reduce the swelling related to injuries sustained in a car accident. For some patients, these medications work wonders. But again, medications (both prescription and over-the-counter) can come with side effects.
If you prefer a non-pharmaceutical approach to managing or reducing your body's swelling or want to combine therapies, the chiropractor can help. Manipulations that align the spinal cord can mediate the inflammation process, helping you to heal and return to normal activities.
Reduce Lingering Issues
The effects of a car accident aren't all immediate or temporary. Some problems can persist, especially if they're not treated correctly after the initial injury. Whiplash is a common car accident-related injury that often persists over time. Following a collision, forceful movement of the neck can result is anything from minor discomfort to serious, prolonged pain that comes with headaches, blurred vision, and serious stiffness. Fortunately, you don't have to suffer.
Immediate attention from a medical and chiropractic expert can ease the pain and restore normal function. But that doesn't mean that a chiropractor's assistance ends there. If you experience lingering pain, stiffness, or headaches, the chiropractor can help to stop the suffering and ease neck, back, and head discomfort that continues long after the crash itself.
Do you or a love one need chiropractic help after a car accident injury? Contact Marsch Chiropractic Center for more information on treating your pain or loss of mobility. Our team is experienced with auto accident injuries, and we're ready to help you feel better as soon as possible.