If you’ve been in any kind of car accident, even a seemingly minor fender bender, you should strongly consider calling up a chiropractor in Georgia. It is especially important if you feel any kind neck or back pain – even minor pain – after your accident.
Adrenaline, which is always high after an auto accident of any kind, masks pain. It’s a useful part of the human fight or flight response. When our ancient ancestors needed to flee or fight predators or other roving bands of humans, a hormone that helped mask pain and allowed them to push through the situation was vital for their survival. That pain-masking affect of adrenaline is less useful these days, and it frequently causes people to skip seeing a chiropractor after an auto accident.
Even if your car accident was yesterday or last week, it’s not too late to schedule an appointment. Many people with whiplash or other neck or back injuries don’t really notice their pain until hours or even days after their accident. Catching injuries early and receiving the necessary treatment can help prevent worsening symptoms or additional damage in the future.
What’s the Car Injury Chiropractic Treatment Process?
At Optimum Health Rehab we always start with a thorough assessment and diagnostics. We’ll begin with a discussion about what you’re experiencing and a physical examination. Physical examinations are vitally important after an auto accident, especially when it comes to diagnosing neck injuries or whiplash. Some of the tests your chiropractor may perform include:
- Range of motion testing of your neck and shoulders
- Testing for back, neck or shoulder tenderness
- Determining at what degree of motion you begin to experience pain
- Testing your limb strength, reflexes and levels of sensation
Your chiropractor may also recommend performing other diagnostics, potentially including:
- Ultrasound testing
- Range of motion (ROM) studies
- Nerve conduction testing
The diagnostics that are necessary for pinpointing the source of your car crash pain depend on your symptoms and what your chiropractor finds in their physical examination. For example, most people associate ultrasounds with pregnancy, but it can also be used to diagnose a variety of injuries that can be suffered in car wrecks, including:
- Muscle, ligament and tendon tears
- Trapped nerves
- Sprains or strains
- Soft tissue or musculoskeletal injuries
Even though whiplash doesn’t show up on imaging tests, your chiropractor may still recommend them. It’s important to rule out fractures or other conditions that may be responsible for the pain or limited mobility you’re experiencing.
Optimum Health Rehab clinics are equipped to perform a variety of diagnostics to ensure patients injured in auto accidents get the testing they need and expert analysis of their results.
What Are the Most Common Car Accident Injury Treatments?
For injuries like whiplash, various chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy plans are often the ideal course of treatment. Your doctor might also make recommendations for pain management during your recovery period. Things like rest, heat and cold therapy and even pain management injections might be prescribed for many car accident injuries.
Every patient who visits Optimum Health Rehab after a car accident is prescribed a treatment plan that’s unique to heir needs.
It’s not unheard of for people involved in car accidents, even low-speed car accident, to experience low back pain, leg pain or joint pain instead of or in addition to neck pain. The momentum generated by vehicle-on-vehicle impacts can easily cause vertebrae, disc, nerve and soft-tissue damages. A variety of auto accident injuries also contribute to inflammation that needs to be managed effectively in order for your body to heal.
Chiropractors are uniquely qualified to develop comprehensive treatment plans for these types of injuries because they are equipped with a wealth of knowledge about musculoskeletal systems and soft tissues. They can provide a host of non-invasive adjustments and pain management treatments that can help you begin to heal without the need for surgery or potentially dangerous medications.
Optimum Health Rehab takes car accident injury treatments a step further with our wellness services, pain management injections and physical rehabilitation services. Having the capabilities to deal with every aspect of injury care sets us apart from many other chiropractic clinics in Georgia.
Helping You With Your Personal Injury Case in Georgia
Another thing that makes Optimum Health Rehab unique is our extensive experience working with personal injury attorneys and insurance companies on behalf of our patients. If you ask a car crash lawyer what you should do after an auto accident, at the top of their list will likely be, “See a chiropractor.” Getting your injuries diagnosed and your treatment started is massively important for the success of your case. A professional diagnosis and treatment plan establishes:
- That you were injured, and those injuries occurred in the car accident
- Your injuries were serious enough to warrant treatment
- How much your treatments and continuing care will cost for compensation purposes