Thousands of people are involved in car accidents each and every year. However, very few people understand the significance of even the most minor car accident, in regards to long-term bone and joint pain. Major accidents can obviously cause various forms of pain, both long-term and short-term, but just a minor whiplash caused by a parking lot incident can be very painful for years into the future!
Some culprits may be muscle spasms or vertebra that are out of place. Whatever the cause, the pain can be very uncomfortable and even unbearable. Most people will seek help from their family doctor. He or she will most likely do several x-rays and other tests to see what is causing the pain. If surgery can fix the problem, obviously surgery will be recommended. However, in some cases the pain can be relieved by alternative methods, which everyone should consider, as surgery very rarely “fixes” the problem.
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Chiropractors specialize in bones and joints and they know what they are doing. So, if you have problems with pain do to a current or old car accident, seek chiropractic procedures, you will be glad you did.
Chances are, if you’ve been driving for any length of time, you’ve either experienced a car accident or known someone who has been in one. Regardless of whether it was a major accident or just a simple “fender bender” the car isn’t the only thing sustaining damage. Whiplash is a major issue that chiropractors deal with every day. Just ask any personal injury attorney and they’ll tell you that they refer a lot of their clients to chiropractors because of this resulting injury. A past study found that more than 3 million people in America suffer from whiplash injury every year. Over half of these people will suffer chronic neck pain or back pain, and an additional 10 percent will become permanently disabled as a result of their injuries.
The ultimate goal a chiropractor wants for their patients with whiplash is to return their backs and necks to maximum health. The results of proper chiropractic treatment are full motion in the spine and neck along with improved muscular strength in all the affected areas that resulted from the injury.
Transportation in our time has become all about motorized vehicles that move us from place to place. Short distances, long distances and everything in between happen at speeds much faster than walking. All this moving has led to the inevitable sudden stopping that happens in a car accident, and if you live in America you are almost guaranteed to be in one at some point. Although safety has become much better in the last 20 years, the human body just isn't made to handle the kind of punishment that a car accident creates. Depending on how serious the crash is, a trip to the hospital may be in order; but during the healing process a chiropractor may become your best friend.
Fender benders are the most common type of car accident and take place at speeds below 20 MPH. Keep in mind that we are dealing with the usual outcome in these situations; not every possibility that can happen. Sometimes as a fluke, a person can die from the smallest crash or walk away from the most serious one. In an accident under 20 MPH; the most common problem is a soft tissue injury, a hurt muscle, in the neck or lower back. Muscles attach to bones, and when they get injured they constrict and can pull bones slightly out of alignment; causing discomfort and immobility. A few simple trips to the chiropractor can fix this problem and cut your recovery time down considerably.
Chiropractic care is a more recent advancement in healthcare and still hasn't fully moved into the mainstream. Most insurance plans do cover chiropractic now, but the norm is to limit the number of visits a person can have in a year. Discount plans like Ameriplan don't have any limits on visits, but only provide a cut in the chiropractor's asking price. A combination of the two could be just what the doctor ordered if you find yourself in this situation, but even if you don't have either, seeing a chiropractor is essential to your recovery. Who knows; when it's all over with, you may even have a new addition to your Christmas card list!