On average, 6 million auto accidents happen and over 3 million people are injured every year in the United States (census.gov, 2014). Injuries from an auto accident can occur at any speed that the vehicle is traveling. Even minor fender-benders can create injuries that may not be apparent at the moment of the crash. In fact, many people who have been involved in these types of accidents may not be aware that they are injured until symptoms begin disrupting their daily activities. For instance, an injured neck (whiplash) is one of the most commonly overlooked injuries that occur during auto accidents. Similarly, other spinal injuries can occur during an auto accident which may not be related to whiplash.
Ironically, many injuries can even happen from the tightness of a seatbelt. The seatbelt is designed to stop our bodies from moving during an auto accident, but it does not stop the internal organs or neck from moving abruptly. Even at a low rate of speed, an auto accident may result in minor damage to the vehicle, but it could also major injury to the body. Fortunately, chiropractic care focuses on the issues and injuries caused by misaligned spinal cord. Receiving treatment from a chiropractor following an auto accident may produce significant results, depending on your condition. In fact, chiropractors have helped thousands of people recover from their auto accident injuries.
The key to chiropractic care after an auto accident is finding the proper facility that can offer lasting, reliable results combined with treatments that focus on attending to the soft tissue injuries that are typically the source of most pain.
This drug-free treatment allows the doctor of chiropractic to target adjustment methods on the injured area and the surrounding areas to alleviate pain and prevent additional symptoms from arising. Chiropractors monitor the healing process of sore and tender muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissue to make sure these tissues are healing properly and in alignment with the spine. The idea of chiropractic care after an auto accident is to heal the injury rather than mask the pain with medications.