Should I see a Chiropractor after an Accident?
After an accident and the adrenaline has worn off, and as late as a week after an accident, injuries people have suffered become more apparent.
“Finding and treating an injury in the early stages of healing is much faster and better for you than waiting and either seeking care much later or not at all. Waiting simply allows the formation of scar tissue to occur needlessly in injured muscles and this can lead to chronic pain in the joints an injured regions.” Says Dr. Matthew Gloin on his article about auto accidents and chiropractic. He continues to say that “I have seen many people who have come to my office for what they believe is non-accident related issues only to discover that their (for example) neck issues are related to lack of treatment months or years ago after having an injury to the same area.”
Muscle, nerve, joint, and or ligament problems vary from patient to patient. Depending on the severity of the injury, treatments could include any of the following, or a combination:
- Chiropractic care
- Physical therapy modalities
- Pilates rehabilitation sessions
- Therapeutic massage
Many people prefer non-invasive therapies whenever possible, as long as they offer a realistic opportunity for healing. On the Massage Green Spa website, their article addressing body massage after a car accident says “the primary goals of massage therapy are going to be reducing stress, reducing pain and swelling, improving circulation, and improving range of motion.”
Some still consider massage and chiropractic care an alternative medicine, but it does offer real benefits to certain types of injuries,