Treating Auto Accident Injuries
Around three million Americans get injured in car accidents every year. At Comprehensive Chiropractic Care, our East Meadow chiropractor Dr. Michael Brass likes to remind people that an auto accident injury can occur even in mild road incidents that don't cause obvious trauma or immediate pain. Sometimes it takes weeks or months before signs and symptoms of an injury show up. That's why we encourage you to visit with our chiropractor after any sort of motor vehicle accident, even if you feel "fine" in case you have a hidden injury.
The Types of Auto Accident Injuries
When a car accident happens, the sudden forces, deceleration, acceleration, change of direction, and even blunt force impact, can easily strain, irritate, and damage connective tissues including your ligaments, muscles, tendons, joints, and nerves. This can manifest in common types of auto accident injuries including:
- Shoulder dislocation or rotator cuff tear
- Nerve compression (especially in the shoulder or back)
- Low back pain
- Disc herniation or disc bulge
- Spondylolisthesis (a vertebra slips forward relative to the one beneath it)
These conditions typically lead to pain, stiffness, and other symptoms within 24 to 48 hours after a car accident. But due to stress hormones like an adrenaline surge during an accident, people tend to block pain. You may not notice any symptoms until after your stress hormones return to their normal levels. While this is a handy protective feature, it could mean that you spend days, weeks, or even months not realizing that you have underlying tissue damage which may be slowly getting worse.
Auto Accident Injury Treatment With Our Chiropractor
Early diagnosis and treatment of an auto accident injury is the best way to ensure tissue damage doesn't worsen into a chronic problem. Our East Meadow chiropractor can identify, address, and manage your underlying issues like scar tissue, pain hypersensitivity, inflammation, and reduced mobility through natural treatment techniques such as:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Corrective stretches and exercises
- Nutritional and lifestyle interventions
Unlike pain medications, chiropractic care techniques can address the root of your painful auto accident injury (instead of just masking the symptoms), help heal injured tissues, and optimize your recovery process. Our relaxing and holistic services can also ease the mental and emotional stress associated with traumatic incidents like car crashes. We're here for your whole body (and mind) healing.
Were You Injured in a Car Accident?
Contact Comprehensive Chiropractic Care at (516) 489-2212 to schedule an initial consultation with our East Meadow chiropractor and receive a thorough post-accident assessment.