Chiropractic Treatment For Car Accidents

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You might know this from experience, but being in a car accident can be a very troubling and traumatizing experience for a person to go through. Motor vehicle accidents often cause physical injuries that need a lot of time and treatment to recover from. Going for chiropractic care is one way to help speed up car accident recovery time for you and your loved ones.

Minimizing Car Accident Recovery Time With Chiropractic Care

Due to the physical stress that a car wreck can put someone in, most people look for a chiropractor, or some other type of manual treatment to help speed up their recovery. Chiropractors are licensed primary caregivers, which means that you do not need a referral to see one. When you are in pain or sore after a car accident, you can book an appointment directly with a chiropractor. Here are some examples of chiropractic treatments that can help individuals recover from a car accident injury:

Whiplash Treatment

One common injury that occurs after a car accident is whiplash. In acute stages of whiplash, the focus should be on reducing the inflammation in the neck with things like ice and anti-inflammatory. Some chiropractors will use therapeutic tools like ultrasound or TENS to help with the acute pain their patients are experiencing. Whiplash treatment might also involve manual therapy techniques and gentle stretches.

More than just providing you with hands on treatment for whiplash, chiropractors can also make some recommendations for things you can do on your own to help make your recovery process quicker. For example, a chiropractor could recommend that you start using light neck support or instruct you on how to properly apply an ice pack to help reduce inflammation. Once the pain and inflammation in the neck diminishes, your chiropractor will be much more capable of using spinal manipulation and other techniques to help you restore regular function in the joints in your neck.

Spinal Manipulation

Spinal manipulation is one common treatment performed for whiplash. Spinal manipulation involves using various techniques to induce movement in the joints of the spine to help restore normal function, and reduce pain and inflammation. Three different techniques that are often used to treat patients after a motor vehicle accident are: flexion-distraction, instrument-assisted, and specific spinal manipulation techniques.

Flexion-distraction Technique

This technique uses a hands-on approach, and it will involve slow mobilization of the spine in order to treat discs that are bulging or herniated. Injuring your neck in a car accident can really aggravate a pre-existing disc injury. Your chiropractor will use slow pulling action, or distraction, on the neck to reduce any pain and inflammation from the injured disc.

Instrument-assisted Manipulation

To use this technique, your chiropractor will need a specialized hand-held tool, rather than his hands. They will use the tool to move the joints of the spine. This technique is suitable for older patients who have been in a car accident, and also for patients who suffer from low bone density.

Specific Spinal Manipulation

This is another hands-on technique. Your chiropractor will identify the spinal joints that have abnormal or restricted motion in the joint. They will then use a quick, small thrusting technique to restore normal motion in the joint. This technique effectively restores normal movement to spinal joints, helps stretch soft tissue, and reduce pain and inflammation.

Other Manual Therapies

Other than spinal manipulation, many chiropractors will also use manual therapy to help treat muscles and ligaments that were injured in order to speed up car accident recovery. Examples include therapeutic massage techniques, trigger point therapy, instrument assisted soft tissue therapy and more.

If you have any questions, or are looking for a chiropractor to provide treatment after a car accident, don’t hesitate to contact Dr Eaton at Burnaby Heights Chiropractic. He would be happy to help you out however he can!

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