Austin Chiropractic Care for Whiplash & Auto Injury
While our focus here is on wellness care, we believe an important aspect of that is taking care of people after motor vehicle accidents. Many people feel the symptoms of whiplash immediately after an auto accident. Whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck. This motion can injure disks between the bones, ligaments, muscles, nerves and other tissues of the neck and bones in the spine. Whiplash most often occurs during a rear-end auto accident, but the injury can also result from a sports accident, physical abuse or other trauma. Symptoms may include: headaches, dizziness, blurry vision, neck and shoulder pain and stiffness, and numbness and tingling in the hands, worsening of pain with neck movement, loss of range of motion in the neck, tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back or arms, fatigue, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), sleep disturbances, irritability, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and depression. Other people may just feel stiff or sore. Austin chiropractic care can be a great benefit to anyone suffering from whiplash or injuries sustained in an auto accident.
Austin Chiropractic Adjustments for Whiplash
When you experience whiplash, the soft tissues in the neck are injured. Unfortunately, due to the micro-tears in discs and other soft tissues surrounding your spine, the pain often gets worse over the next 48-72 hrs. It is always best to have your spine checked by an auto injury chiropractor immediately after an auto accident. Never tell an insurance adjuster that you’re fine, or want to close your case without having a health care professional, like a chiropractor who specializes in auto injuries, examine you for whiplash. Often times the medical community will check for major traumas like bone fractures, organ injury and concussions, but chiropractors will care for the acute subluxations (misalignments of the vertebrae causing nerve damage) that medical doctors are not trained to assess and treat. Subluxations can negatively affect your physical and mental health and need to be addressed by a trained doctor.
A serious whiplash injury may require that a patient wear a cervical collar for a few days after the accident. Ice compresses may be used for up to 48 hours after the injury to reduce inflammation and help manage pain. Unless it is deemed a serious injury, patients are often encouraged to stay mildly active. Chiropractic care for whiplash injuries includes spinal manipulation and neuromuscular stretching. A customized treatment plan will be created after your examination by a chiropractor.
Austin Chiropractic Care for Auto Injuries
Motor vehicle accidents can be a terrifying and overwhelming experience. Oftentimes, victims deal with both physical and emotional damage following a car wreck. Since a chiropractor is familiar with the typical auto injuries and is trained to treat them, it’s important to schedule a visit shortly after to be evaluated. Chiropractors can treat whiplash and other back and neck injuries. Following a car accident, you may find you are so stiff and sore you cannot function well. The first step is to have your injuries evaluated by an Austin chiropractic professional. This is important as all injuries are not visible and sometimes they are dismissed as just being a little sore following a wreck. If they are left untreated, they can lead to more serious health problems.
Insurance and Chiropractic Care for Auto Injuries
At Discover Chiropractic, we help people by providing treatment options to help relieve pain and rehab of whiplash after auto accidents. We work closely with our patients at Austin Chiropractic to ensure that auto insurance takes care of them in their time of need. When necessary, we work with several well-respected attorneys in Austin to represent our client’s needs.