Can Chiropractic Help with Headaches Caused by Auto Accident Injuries?
If you're experiencing intermittent or chronic headaches from an auto injury, you're not alone. Headaches are one of the most common symptoms caused by car accidents, and they frequently occur in people who initially walked away from the scene of the accident feeling fine. For those in the Renton, WA area, our chiropractor at Hughes Chiropractic and Massage is here to help!
What Causes Auto Injury Headaches?
This is a common question, especially in those who were otherwise unharmed in the auto accident. In many cases, headaches come from hitting your head on part of the car (often the window or steering wheel). In other cases, they stem from whiplash, which is your neck being jerked back and forth suddenly during the accident.
How Can a Chiropractor Help with an Auto Accident Headache?
Many people find themselves taking medication in order to cope with the pain of auto injury headaches. But since these headaches are all too often caused by spine or neck misalignment (from whiplash or hitting your head), the pain will keep resurfacing. Instead of simply masking the symptoms with medication, a chiropractor works to treat the source of the problem by correcting this misalignment.
In most cases, this will not be an overnight fix. However, by making gradual adjustments over time and manually manipulating the surrounding muscles, a chiropractor is able to help most people experience pain relief in just a few visits.
When Should I See a Chiropractor after an Auto Accident?
It is important to receive medical attention as soon as possible after an accident to ensure there are no serious underlying issues, such as internal bleeding, behind your headache. While uncommon, internal issues can quickly become debilitating or even deadly if left untreated. That said, many medical doctors end up referring their patients to an experienced chiropractor for treatment of milder auto injuries, such as whiplash and/or headaches.
If you are not suffering from any issues that require attention first from your medical doctor, it's wise to see our chiropractor within a week following your auto injury. This way, our chiropractor will be able to help prevent any long-term spine or neck misalignments that may lead to headaches. That said, don't discount chiropractic care if your accident happened more than a week ago. Whether you've been suffering from auto injury-related headaches for days, weeks, months or even years following the incident, our experienced chiropractor will be able to help improve your symptoms over time.
Experiencing Headaches Near Renton, WA? Get in Touch!
If you're in the Renton, WA area and are suffering from headaches stemming from an auto injury, we invite you to contact our team at Hughes Chiropractic & Massage. We'll do a full assessment of your condition and tailor a treatment plan to your specific needs. There's no need to keep living with the pain. Call today!