Auto accidents can cause injuries to your musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic care is often thought of as a treatment for back pain, but it is an excellent treatment option for many types of injuries caused by an accident. At Hughes Chiropractic and Massage in Renton, WA, we offer chiropractic treatment and massage to ease pain after an accident.
Types of Injuries Caused by an Auto Accident
An auto accident puts an extreme amount of force on your body. The sudden force can cause a whiplash effect where your body is thrown forward and then back. Often, someone will feel fine immediately after the accident, and begin experiencing symptoms a few hours to days after the accident. A car accident can cause misalignment, whiplash, herniated discs, and muscle pain due to strains.
Common symptoms of auto accident injury include:
- Back pain
- whiplash (pain in neck and shoulders)
- Stiff muscles and muscle pain
- Joint pain
Benefits of Chiropractic Care After an Accident
One of the most common and desired benefits of chiropractic care is pain relief. Misalignment in the spine or joints is a common cause of pain. Chiropractic treatment can correct misalignment and relieve pain. Proper alignment also decreases inflammation, which reduces pain and aids healing.
Car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash. This type of injury can occur in minor accidents at speeds of 5 to 10 mph. Whiplash can cause chronic problems without proper treatment. Chiropractic care can reduce whiplash pain and increase mobility. It also decreases the risk of chronic pain or injury.
Muscle pain is another common complaint after an accident. Chiropractic treatments including myofascial release and stretching exercises can relieve muscle pain and improve range of motion.
According to the Journal of Chiropractic Care, a delay in seeking treatment impacted the improvement achieved with chiropractic care. Seeking treatment soon after an accident can speed healing and result in a better long-term outcome.
Call Hughes Chiropractic and Massage Today!
If you are experiencing injury symptoms after an accident in Renton, WA, contact us at Hughes Chiropractic and Massage. Our treatments include alignment correction, spinal decompression, myofascial release, and therapeutic massage.