Auto Accidents

Automobile accidents happen every single day and can be relatively minor in nature or they can be very major events. Most people involved in a car accident experience some type of pain at some point during their recovery period. Chiropractic care can be one of the best solutions when it comes to healing after an auto accident. Spinal manipulation will help reduce inflammation. Chiropractic care after an auto accident will help restore range of motion. When a person’s neck or back are injured in an accident, the inflammation that occurs afterwards most likely will cause more problems in the future. Inflammation can slow the healing process because blood and nutrients aren’t able to make it to the areas they need to properly. Chiropractic adjustments will mobilize the spine and allow it to begin the healing process thus speeding up recovery time.

Chiropractic care can help reduce scar tissue as well. Muscles often develop scar tissue after an injury because scar tissue development is the body’s natural response to an injury. A chiropractor can target the damaged areas and help break up the scar tissue faster than a patient’s body can break it up on its own. Patients who receive chiropractic care after an auto accident are less likely to experience long-term issues. Chiropractic care can also decrease the treatment time following an auto accident.

“Bed rest” and “taking it easy” are no longer considered helpful or useful after an automobile accident and generally tend to make conditions worse. There are certain cases, of course, where a day or more of rest is necessary, however as soon as the patient is able to begin resuming his or her typical activities of daily living the better it is for the patient. Patients can continue to work and stay active after an auto accident while receiving chiropractic care. There is often no need to take drugs or to receive unnecessary surgery.

Chiropractic care can promote and decrease pain, inflammation, and recovery time after getting into an auto accident. It can also restore functions faster and help patients be less fearful of resuming their day-to day activity.  It can help patients gain the confidence that they will be okay and will improve the quality of their daily lives much sooner.

The goal of chiropractic care in the treatment of automobile accident patients is to restore and heal the areas affected by the accident.  This type of treatment focuses on healing without the use of pain medication(s), which may mask symptoms rather than assist in recovery.

Patients typically experience “flare-ups” throughout their lifetimes.  It is important that patients have a way of self-managing their flare-ups.  The goal is to steer the treatment program away from simply pain relief toward reactivation and restoration of function.  Patients need to get into a mind set of “pain management” rather than “pain avoidance.”  A chiropractor can treat flare-ups and teach patients how to handle flare-ups.

At Hughes Chiropractic and Massage, Dr. Tricia Hughes focuses on chiropractic treatment to aide in the recovery of patients who have been in automobile accidents.  She will first perform an extensive examination on the patient, often including x-rays, and from there she will develop a treatment plan based on the exam and x-ray findings.  X-rays are conveniently done right in her office.  Dr. Hughes reviews the x-rays and shares her findings with her patients.

Her chiropractic treatments include ArthroStim, manual adjustments, drop table adjustments, ART, Graston and cervical traction adjustments.  Dr. Hughes can also refer patients for massage therapy (performed in her office), physical therapy, diagnostic testing and referrals to other doctors.