If you haven’t been in a car accident before, count your lucky stars, because you’re way out of the average.
Car accidents can be quick and life-changing. You may be left with a mountain of repair bills, medical bills, legal bills, and even a gnawing pain in your lower back.
Perhaps you wrote it off. “It’s just a charlie horse,” you said to yourself.
But the reality is that your back is a complex network of mechanisms that can be disrupted easier than you think. If you suspect that you may have suffered serious back injuries from a car accident, then you should consider how chiropractic treatment can help.
Let’s take a look at a few telltale signs that you need treatment after a car accident.
Stiffness may not always feel like a red flag to you.
After all, if your back is a little stiff, no worries! All you have to do is stretch it out and move on with your life.
But whiplash is a common side effect of serious car accidents and it can leave your neck, upper back, or lower back in a very rigid state. While it may not always occur in the neck, you’ll know when it seems almost impossible to turn and look at a person out of the corner of your eye.
Tissue damage to muscles that align your spine may cause stiffness in the neck. One of the chiropractor benefits is the ability to work through the stiffness through methods like spinal manipulation.
Being numb to something means you don’t necessarily feel pain (which is often what we want), but in the case of car accidents and back injuries, this isn’t a good sign.
Numbness can occur after accidents when joints are moved out of place and compress nerves that run through your spine. It can manifest itself as a general tingling feeling (or no feeling at all) from your hip to your legs.
This could be a sign of issues with sciatica. Sadly, if left untreated, nerves can be permanently damaged.
Chiropractic treatment is all about the alignment of joints, muscles, and bones. Manipulating them and putting them all in their proper place can help reduce numbness.
3. Sharp Pains
If you have a sudden, sharp pain it’s a pretty clear indication that something is wrong; it’s hard to ignore!
But sharp pains in your back are a sign that something adjacent to your spine is out of place and pinching nerves. This could be due to something as common as whiplash or maybe you have a disc in your lower spine that is bulging.
Chiropractic adjustment usually involves sudden pressure applied to specific parts of the spine or neck to achieve alignment and pain relief.
4. Difficulty Moving
After a serious car accident, it’s possible that you don’t feel that much pain at all. Maybe there’s not much numbness either, and you move on with your life thinking you’re perfectly fine.
But another telltale sign that you might need chiropractic treatment is general difficulty moving. Maybe you have trouble reaching your hand up high, or maybe it just seems harder to twist your torso in one direction or another.
Sometimes, you don’t even notice the change, but if you find difficulty bending or sitting for long periods of time, it can force you into bad posture. This leaves you open and at risk of more damage to your back in the long run.
A good chiropractic adjustment can not only help relieve pain or numbness but can even increase your range of motion.
5. Chronic Headaches
Headaches are a nuisance and they cloud our thoughts easily.
If you’ve ever been prone to them for long periods of time, you know how easy it can drive a person crazy. You might immediately reach for a bottle of ibuprofen for some quick relief, but after a while, it might not be enough.
Chronic headaches are generally tied to pain located in the neck or shoulders and this area connects to your back as well. All those nerves stem through the spine, after all, and if tension is higher up, it can lead to piercing headaches.
Spinal manipulation through the back, shoulder, and neck can help to alleviate pinched nerves. Once the circulation of blood can continue as before, you might find relief from those pounding headaches.
Your Back Is Delicate
Human beings are resilient, but it’s important to understand the delicate nature of your back, especially if you’ve suffered injuries in a car accident.
Vertebrae are the bones that make up your spine, while invertebral discs are the shock-absorbing “pads” that keep you moving and comfortable. All the while, 31 nerves spread out on either side of your spine and into the rest of your body.
Plus, your muscles are there to support this complex system as well.
If vertebrae, discs, muscles, etc. get out of place or injured, it’s easy for them to put pressure on any of those nerves. Whether through being out of alignment or swollen due to inflammation, you can see your back is a delicate affair.
Chiropractors use hands-on treatment, usually through spinal manipulation, to help alleviate some of the pain and discomfort that comes from back injuries. A chiropractic doctor may use controlled pressure applied to the spine, electromagnetic therapy, or provide counseling on diet and exercise.
Seeking Chiropractic Treatment After a Car Accident
Statistically, we are all likely to be involved in a car accident. None of us want it, but it’s a likely fact.
And due to the delicate nature of our back, we’re at risk of serious long-term back injuries, especially when an accident has shaken us up. Chiropractic treatment is an excellent way to achieve pain relief through the alignment of the spine.
You can also learn a lot more about your muscles, nerves, discs, and more which may help you learn how to heal yourself over time. If you’re interested in treatment or have questions to ask, feel free to contact us at Solution Chiropractic right away!