Every day, thousands of people become victims of car accidents, slip and falls, or workplace accidents. These are all personal injury events and have one thing in common: victims may suffer significant bodily injuries, which take a lot of time to heal. In this article, we will discuss the role of chiropractic treatment during the process of recovery after a personal injury case.
Even Simple Accidents May Have Severe Consequences
You noticed that we also included slip and fall accidents in the examples of personal injury incidents above. Is that really the cause of a serious injury? Everyone takes a slip every once in a while.
As many professional chiropractors can attest to, even an apparently simple accident can cause significant injury. Older people are frailer, thus, more likely to suffer a fracture, a head injury, or subluxation of the neck joint.
However, depending on how the fall occurs, even a young and fit person may need medical attention after such an incident.
In conclusion, there is nothing simple about an accident and you should go to the hospital for full diagnose and treatment. At a certain point, you will need recovery assistance, in the form of physical therapy. Its purpose is to help your body regain its strength, mobility, and flexibility.
How Can Chiropractic Help with Personal Injury Recovery?
A chiropractor can help improve your overall physical condition and feeling of wellbeing in several ways:
1. Mitigating the Symptoms of Whiplash
Whiplash is the injury caused when your head jerks suddenly backward and forwards. It is a common type of physical injury in various types of personal injury cases:
• Car accidents
• Workplace accidents
• Contact sports
The symptoms of whiplash include dizziness, muscle spasms, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), mental confusion, and even the ability to perform actions that need manual dexterity, like buttoning your coat or tying your shoelaces.
With chiropractic treatment, your personal injury recovery will be quicker and with a positive outcome. Inflammation and pressure will subside, and you will no longer suffer from the worrying symptoms of whiplash.
2. Preventing Scar Tissue
An area of the body that suffered mechanical trauma will get inflamed. Without proper and timely treatment, the inflammation will be replaced by scar tissue. You know how a scar on your skin looks: it has a different texture, it is uneven, and it lacks the flexibility of regular skin.
Now, imagine this scar on the inside of your body – more precisely on your muscles or joints. Chiropractic treatment aims to resolve the issue of inflammation before it has the chance to develop into scar tissue. This will help you regain control of the injured body part sooner.
3. Regaining Strength in Injured Body Parts
Car accident victims usually require a lot of treatment to regain their ability to walk, carry grocery bags, and perform other tasks that require strength and control over their arms and legs.
Chiropractic treatment involves a series of adjustments, as well as exercises that the patient can do at home. Their aim is to help the patient regain strength at a healthy pace, adapted to their age and physical fitness.
4. Solving Misaligned Vertebrae and Joints
A sudden mechanical shock can cause severe injuries to the inside of the human body. Some of the less observed traumas, which can cause lifelong symptoms, are misaligned vertebrae and joints.
They can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, producing negative effects in various parts of the body – from the vertigo sensation to lower back pain, arm, and leg pain.
A chiropractor’s main task is to identify these misalignments and set them straight. This is done over a number of treatment sessions that involve various specific techniques.
Are you trying to recover your strength and mobility after a personal injury accident?
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