To raise awareness of the proper care of the back and spine, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is promoting Spinal Health Month during the month of October. This is relative information for personal injury victims because spinal injuries that result from work or auto accidents can be very serious.
Statistics show that 80% of us will suffer from back pain during our lifetime. And 50% will suffer back pain this month alone. Low back pain is a very common work complaint.
If you choose to visit a chiropractor for a spine health evaluation, look for an experienced doctor who offers high quality, professional care. Spinal Health Month is a great time to schedule an evaluation if you’ve recently been injured in any kind of accident.
Tertiary care between medical doctors and chiropractors can play an important role in relieving pain and restoring a person’s health. Since chiropractic care has become much more mainstream in recent years, medical doctors are now referring more of their patients to chiropractors all the time. This integrative approach to health care is helping professionals of various specialties to work together to improve the overall health of their patients.
The Importance of Spinal Care After a Car Accident
Chiropractors can provide safe, gentle and effective care for car accident injuries. Getting the proper care within the first few days and weeks after a car accident can be crucial to how well your body can heal after a car accident.
Receiving correct rehab, including spinal adjustments, joint mobilization, and muscle massage can help prevent the occurrence of long-term damage. If the injured areas are not treated right away or not treated at all, scar tissue can develop that often leads to chronic pain, arthritis, and accelerated degeneration. Even people who are involved in minor accidents are advised to see a medical doctor and a chiropractor right away. This will help heal spinal misalignments and tissue damage before they become more serious chronic neck and back pain problems.
Signs and Symptoms of Back and Neck Injuries
As a law firm that handles many car accident lawsuits, we see that whiplash is the most common neck injury received from a car accident. Signs and symptoms that you have been injured include:
- Stiff and achy muscles
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Numbness or tingling in your arms or legs
- Blurred vision
The ACA recognizes that car accident injuries are usually mechanical in nature. They often cause structural, biomechanical and muscular problems. To heal completely, each injury must be properly addressed and carefully treated.
Back and Neck Injury Treatments
Chiropractic care can be a powerful and unique tool that helps the body heal itself by releasing pressure being put on the spinal nerves and muscles in your body after a car accident. Treatments usually include:
- Structural joint alignment (chiropractic adjustments)
- Muscle therapy
- Stretching exercises
- Strength exercises
These therapies have been proven to help many of the musculoskeletal injuries people suffer after car accidents.
If you have been injured in a car accident and have suffered spine and neck injuries, in addition to calling your physician and a chiropractor, you also need to call an experienced personal injury attorney right away.