Even minor car accidents can strain your muscles, cause injury to your spine, or worse. Whether you experience a bit of whiplash after a fender bender in a parking lot or you feel extreme pain after a more severe car crash, treatment is necessary. Even minor injuries can benefit from the care of an experienced chiropractor after an accident. Mount Prospect Health Center’s Newark chiropractic team helps motor vehicle accident victims recover in several ways.
Chiropractic Care Can Help Reduce Inflammation and Pain
Inflammation is joint after a car accident and is caused by microscopic tears in the muscles and ligaments. They may start out feeling slightly uncomfortable but become worse as you continue to move and go about daily life without treating the problem. Eventually, the inflammation can cause more significant, more severe injuries that require more rigorous treatment methods.
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When you see our chiropractor in Newark, NJ, we can ask questions about your experience and perform x-rays to determine if you are experiencing inflammation. If you are, we will start a relevant treatment plan right away.
Treating the injury before the tears become larger helps to ensure you recover faster and deal with much less pain overall. Many people say they feel significant pain relief after their chiropractic appointments. It is essential to keep in mind that inflammation and mechanical pain in the back feel differently. If you need treatment for inflammatory pain, you’ll probably notice that you think the worst when you first wake up or after long periods of inactivity.
Chiropractors Provide Non-Invasive Care
Although over-the-counter or prescription medication may still be a part of the treatment plan, it is often in lower doses and not narcotic pain medication. Some people simply prefer less invasive treatments or do what they can for their pain before turning to prescription medication. Chiropractic care is pain management and rehabilitation therapy that can benefit car accident victims who are not comfortable taking pain medication. Chiropractic care gets to the root of the pain and works to alleviate it if not rid your body of it completely.
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Immediate chiropractic care is also necessary right after an accident if you hope to avoid more severe injuries and more invasive treatment plans in the future. When an injury that a chiropractor could have treated is left alone, it may worsen over time. Eventually, your pain may worsen and you may need more invasive options, like taking strong medication, or even surgery.
Chiropractic Treatment Can Reduce the Development of Scar Tissue
As your muscles try to heal after a car accident, they may develop some scar tissue. This tissue makes it more difficult for your body to move the way it used to, which often leads to feeling stiff or sore. Seeking care from a chiropractor can help to lessen the development of scar tissue. This is because a chiropractor’s adjustment breaks down the buildup of scar tissue more quickly than if you tried to heal without treatment. Less scarring means more effortless movement for you.
Restoring Mobility To Your Spine and Joints
The jolt that your muscles and joints take when you are in a car accident can often lead to stiffness in your neck, shoulders, back, or hips. In some cases, the paralysis is severe or becomes severe enough that you can’t move much at all. While it may be tempting to simply rest for a few days and hope for the best, mobility issues can become worse and last much longer when the underlying problem isn’t treated.
A car accident chiropractor from Mount Prospect Health Center is knowledgeable and experienced at treating such injuries at a pace that works for you. Over time, we’ll help you reduce the stiffness in your joints, regain your mobility in your joints and get back your quality of life.
Chiropractic Treatment Reduces the Chance of Future Injuries
Car accident injuries don’t always present themselves right away and may be delayed. You may walk away from the accident feeling very minimal pain only to develop sore muscles or a more serious injury a few hours, days, or even weeks later. Even if you aren’t experiencing pain after your accident, it is essential to have a doctor examine you.
If you are feeling pain, even something that feels minor, consider a chiropractor. Chiropractic adjustments can reduce little discomfort and determine if there may be a more significant injury brewing under the surface. Early chiropractic treatment can prevent more considerable injuries before they become debilitating.
Chiropractic Care Reduces the Symptoms of Whiplash
Whiplash is a common car accident injury, even if the accident itself were minor. Chiropractic treatment is essential for treating the symptoms of whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the neck is forced forward and then backward due to the sudden stopping of the vehicle. It creates pulling at the spine that can cause pain ranging from mild discomfort to severe pain that doesn’t let up.
Left untreated, the injury will just become worse. Allowing our chiropractic doctor to treat your whiplash, even if it’s minor, helps to ensure you don’t see us with an even more painful case of it in the future.
Chiropractors Can Help Document Your Injuries
Filing auto insurance claims can be overwhelming. Being treated by an experienced injury chiropractor means you have a specialist who can help properly document your auto-accident injuries. In addition to ensuring your car accident injuries are documented correctly, they can provide detailed treatment plans, help you file paperwork, and more ways to help you recover faster. In some cases, they may even testify on your behalf if necessary.
Trying to remember to fill out your paperwork and submit it by the required deadlines can be overwhelming when you’re also trying to physically recover, so let our chiropractic team do what we can to help you navigate through this challenging process.
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Were you recently injured in a car accident? Do you wake up every morning feeling stiffer than you used to, or are you worried about how your pain will affect you in the long term? Don’t suffer in silence. Get in touch with the Mount Prospect Health Center team and allow an experienced chiropractor in Newark, NJ, to help you feel like your old self again. We accept most insurance plans including NJ PIP (personal injury protection), no-fault, workers’ compensation, and medical liens. New patients are accepted and same-day appointments may be available.
By: Dr. Terry McSweeney
Dr. McSweeney is certified to perform a pf-NCS test, which can help identify if the bulge or the herniation is pinching the nerve. This test can diagnose radiculopathy of the cervical or lumbar spine. The pf-NCS test is not painful and is performed in our Newark, NJ office.
Dr. McSweeney is also certified in Manipulation Under Anesthesia and is a member of both the New Jersey Chiropractic Society and American Chiropractic Society; he is also a board member of the Mount Prospect Partnership and director of Mayor Quintana’s Health Program. Click here to learn more about us.