A local radio ad campaign says, “After 911, call 411-PAIN.” And they are right. After a car accident, you should be even more worried about your body than your car. Much of the arthritis and chronic pain that my clients suffer from can be traced to a car accident 5, 10, or 20 years ago. Physical trauma is a main cause of the nerve interference that contributes to pain, fatigue, numbness, and other symptoms that prevent people from being their best.
For example, a client is injured in a low-speed accident, about 10-20 mph. She started feeling stiff and sore 15 minutes after impact. She immediately went to the emergency room to get checked out, which is always a good idea. They took X-rays, told her nothing was broken, and sent her home with painkillers and muscle relaxants. Within 24 hours, her neck pain increased and she couldn’t move her head in any direction without pain. This affected her ability to work (looking down at a desk was very painful) and drive (checking her blind spot was difficult).
What did she decide to do? Did she wait for the symptoms to go away on their own? Did she put up with the problems that were interfering with her life? No! She knew that a chiropractor could help restore her mobility and prevent her problem from worsening. Within 48 hours of the accident, she was in our office, starting care and getting adjusted. After the first adjustment, her pain had decreased from 8/10 to 3/10, and her range of motion had improved dramatically.
Almost all of our clients, at some point, have been in a car accident that they considered to be “no big deal” because they didn’t break any bones. However, we know that even a minor whiplash-type injury can cause permanent damage to the spine. The human body was not designed to sit or stand all day, and it was not designed to absorb the impact of an accident without being damaged. Chiropractic care can help accelerate recovery from an injury and keep your body functioning at 100%.