Here are several of the most common questions asked about car accident injuries and chiropractic care.
What auto accident injuries does your chiropractor in Birmingham treat?
Car accidents are notorious for injuring the back and neck, and these injuries can occur even if you have no visible signs of an injury. We treat whiplash and back and neck pain, and we recommend that you schedule an appointment with our chiropractor in Birmingham as soon as feasibly possible after your car accident. Injuries to the back and neck do not heal on their own and can become worse with time.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a severe sprain of the neck. It occurs when the head and neck are jerked front to back rapidly, and it is one of the most common car accident injuries. Symptoms include having a stiff neck, headaches, shoulder and back pain and nausea, and these symptoms may become worse and even debilitating with time.
How does chiropractic care provide whiplash pain relief?
Chiropractic care provides whiplash pain relief by treating the source of the injury. Whiplash throws the head and neck out of alignment, and in severe instances, it can completely remove the neck’s natural curve. Chiropractic adjustments can restore the neck’s proper curve, which removes the extra pressure from your vertebrae, nerves, ligaments and muscles.
What does the initial evaluation involve?
Diagnosing your car accident injury is accomplished by performing a thorough examination, taking a medical history, enquiring about the car accident and its severity and performing X-rays to rule out hairline fractures and torn ligaments and to locate the exact areas of injury.
How soon can I expect pain relief?
Many individuals experience some reduction in pain after their first adjustment. However, continued, regular adjustments will be needed to completely alleviate your pain and start to heal the injury. After your initial evaluation, our chiropractor will focus on reducing and eliminating your pain, which can take between one and three months.
How long does it take to treat an auto accident injury?
Treatment time depends on the severity of the injury. Most individuals with whiplash, back and neck pain and herniated discs, resulting from a car accident can expect treatment to last several months to two years. This is because our chiropractor is treating the injury and not just your symptoms. After pain relief is achieved, the next step is correcting your misalignments and restoring movement to your neck. This can take between six months and two years, because the goal of chiropractic care is to restore your health and wellness so that you can continue to lead an active, normal life.
Does treatment involve physical therapy as well as chiropractic adjustments?
Corrective exercises may be prescribed along with chiropractic adjustments to reduce pain, restore range of motion and strengthen injured areas. Chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy complement each other and decrease healing times.
For more information on our car accident chiropractic treatments and to schedule an appointment, call (205) 942-4243.