The prospect of you or any members of your family getting involved in a car accident is unpleasant to even consider. However, even with the greatest care taken to prevent it from happening, a vehicular accident is still a possibility, and one worth preparing for, especially when it comes to the health needs of you and your family.
Chiropractors treat neuromuscular issues including injuries that can happen as a result of a car accident, such as whiplash. Injuries like these not only cause immediate pain, but without proper treatment their effects can persist for a long time after the accident. For this reason it’s important to seek support from a licensed chiropractor who can help to support your recovery.
What Does Chiropractic Care Involve?
The process of chiropractic care does not require the use of surgery or drugs, yet is similar in many ways to conventional medicine. Typically treatment involves a patient interview to gather medical history information. This is followed by a neurological and physical assessment in order to make a diagnosis and formulate a management plan.
Chiropractic treatment involves making specific physical adjustments to your body to aid with pain relief. These may include stretches and the application of sustained pressure as well as particular joint manipulations to help improve the function and mobility of joints. Injuries frequently treated by chiropractors include lower back pain and back pain in addition to whiplash related issues.
What Do Chiropractors Do?
While chiropractic practitioners are doctors of degrees within their field, they are not classed as medical doctors; rather, they are specialists in complementary and alternative medicine (similar to fields such as acupuncture and hypnotherapy), which are often widely used alongside conventional medicine.
Those in the field typically have four years of undergraduate education in kinesiology, biology or a similar subject, followed by a chiropractic graduate program requiring on average four years of study totalling 4,200 instructional hours in course credits, after which they receive their license and certification. Many chiropractors also supplement their education with training in a broad range of topics including orthopedic rehabilitation and nutrition.
Is Chiropractic Treatment Safe?
If you have been in an accident, the last thing you want is to worsen your injuries. While chiropractic treatment is broadly considered safe for most people, it’s not for everybody, which is why a thorough assessment is made to first determine suitability. According to the World Health Organization, chiropractic treatment may not be suitable for certain conditions including broken bones and joint inflammation. In some cases there is the risk for cauda equina syndrome (nerve damage to the lower spinal cord), though this is rare.
If you are a good candidate for this type of treatment, it can be greatly beneficial. One of the main benefits of chiropractic care is that it is a non-invasive, affordable and drug-free form of treatment which can also reduce the need for opioids, NSAIDS and other pain relief medications. In fact, many use chiropractic alongside conventional medical treatments such as physical therapy to aid their healing process.
Car accidents can create musculoskeletal and nerve pain. While many of these injuries are often hidden, they can have a lasting effect on your quality of life. Chiropractic care can help to speed up recovery while supporting long term health.