According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, a car accident happens every 60 seconds. And even if you’re the safest, most aware driver on the road, you can’t account for other drivers and their competency behind the wheel.
If you have been in an accident before, you know even the most minor of fender benders can cause lasting pain. Even minor car accidents can cause soft tissue injuries, which can lead to arthritic issues, and other forms of chronic pain down the road.
A chiropractic exam might not be the first medical professional you think of when scheduling appointments post-accident, but an experienced chiropractor can help those who have incurred injuries to the musculoskeletal system and the spine.
While some inflammation is normal and a sign of healing, too much inflammation can cause pain and discomfort. When a chiropractor works to realign your spine, your body responds by lowering its production of cytokines, a protein that regulates immune system cells. But when cytokines build up, it can cause severe inflammation, resulting in pain.
Improving Range Of Motion
Depending on the type of accident you have been in, you may temporarily lose some flexibility (or mobility) in your neck or back, reducing your quality of life. This loss of flexibility can be caused by a misalignment in the spine, inflammation, or even scar tissue build-up. A series of chiropractic adjustments can help restore your range of motion by returning your joints to proper alignment, while also reducing discomfort.
Decreasing Physical Pain
Even a minor car accident can jolt your body, resulting in lasting pain in areas of the body that weren’t even injured in the collision. Chiropractic adjustments can provide relief throughout the entire body by adjusting your spine, and other areas of the body that are hurting.
Reduce Dependency On Pain Relievers
Depending on the severity of your car accident, a doctor may prescribe potentially addictive painkillers to help with your pain management. These painkillers will help with the pain but do not treat the underlying issues that are causing the discomfort. Chiropractic adjustments can target the source of discomfort and work to reduce the pain without prescription painkillers.
Your insurance company might work slowly after a car accident, but Dr. Kimberly Muhlenkamp-Wermert at Live Well Chiropractic Center works quickly. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Kim today by calling 513-285-7482 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for our latest updates and tips!