Car accidents can be traumatizing both mentally and physically. Even if you were able to leave your car accident without major injuries, you might be surprised to discover days later that you are in severe pain. When this happens, it is important that you seek out treatment for these latent injuries. At Lansing Chiropractic Clinic, serving Lansing and Leavenworth, KS., for over 33 years, we specialize in treating auto accident injuries. Keep reading to learn more about how we can help you deal with your pain and healing following your car wreck.
Whiplash is considered one of the most common types of injuries sustained during car accidents. Whiplash occurs when the neck is suddenly jarred with a backwards and forwards movement. This sudden movement will cause trauma to the tissues surrounding the spinal column. These tissues include the muscles, tendons and ligaments.
When this tissue is traumatized, often you will not feel the pain immediately. This is why whiplash may be considered a residual injury. This type of injury is sometimes missed by medical teams that check you out immediately after your wreck in that frequently they are concentrating on looking for things such as fractures or gross dislocations. It is not unusual for you not to start to feel the effects of a whiplash injury until few days after the accident.
Symptoms of whiplash can include pain and stiffness of the neck. This pain can be so intense, you will feel as if you cannot move your neck. Some people also report feeling pain down into their shoulders, back, and arms and headaches. Whiplash can bring your life to a stop and make it difficult to complete everyday tasks or even to attend work regularly. This is one of the reasons why it is very important that you seek out treatment as soon as possible so that you can get your life back to normal.
Treatment Options for Your Car Accident Injury such as Whiplash and Lower Back Pain
Chiropractic care is a great option for car accident injuries because it provides you with a safe, drug-free route to pain relief and healing. Many people are concerned about using opioid pain killers. These medications are often prescribed following a car accident. The problem is that these types of drugs are highly addictive and have harsh side effects.
Dr. Carter offers treatment options which are very effective at treating your pain without medication. In most cases, spinal manipulation can be very useful in treating whiplash pain as well as other residual pain syndromes from your accident. Spinal manipulation seeks to bring balance to the spinal column. This balance will relieve the tension and stiffness over time. Often other adjunctive physiotherapy modalities such as ultrasound and electrical muscle stimulation are utilized as well to help with the relief of the associated muscle spasms and swelling that are typically present after an auto accident.