The moments after a car accident can be terrifying as you are disoriented about what just happened. As your head wraps around what just happened, you may realize that your body is in pain and you need medical attention.
Seeking medical attention immediately after an accident is important so that you can begin treatment right away. Even if the accident was a minor fender bender, you could have suffered from accident injuries that can cause serious bodily issues.
Common Injuries after an Accident
Accident injuries like a broken bone, scrapes and cuts are easily noticed after a wreck. However, musculoskeletal injuries are not easily seen with the naked eye, which is why getting medical attention is so important. If you’re suffering from some of the most common car accident injuries, you may not know until you have imaging tests, like a CT scan, completed.
Some injuries you may suffer after a wreck include:
- Herniated disc
- Sprains and strains
- Bulging disc
- Deep muscular bruising
According to a study led by the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, six weeks after an accident, about 70% of individuals participating in the study reported persistent musculoskeletal pain. You shouldn’t wait to start treatment until the pain becomes unbearable.
How a Chiropractor Can Help
The first step to take on the road to recovery after an accident is to contact an experienced chiropractor. ChiroCare has eight offices to choose from in South Florida. Your chiropractor may want to take x-rays to get a better understanding of your injuries, and determine how long you should see our chiropractors.
During your consultation, the chiropractor will ask you questions about where you’re feeling pain and your levels of pain.
When most people think about a chiropractor, they often think of spinal adjustments and not much else. While spinal manipulation is common, an experienced chiropractor can also provide:
- Massage therapy
- Hot/cold therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
- Electrical muscle stimulation
Your chiropractor can also provide instructions on a healthy and safe exercise regimen, and even provide tips on a diet plan that can aid in pain relief.
When you’ve been hurt in an accident, a chiropractor can help you get back on your feet.