Have you been in a car accident recently? Have you thought about why you should see a chiropractor? The chances of being hurt or killed in an auto accident are increasing dramatically, likely due to distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), not only did fatalities increase by 7.2% in 2015, “The estimated number of people injured on the nation’s roads increased in 2015, rising from 2.34 to 2.44 million injured people.”
Do you know what help to seek in the event that you do have an accident? It is important to have a plan in case this has happened to you or does happen in the future. Of course if the accident is serious, victims should always seek care at a hospital or with a medical professional. Even if the accident doesn’t appear to be bad and you don’t have any pain or obvious injury right after the accident, one of the first things you should do is see a chiropractor.
Why You Should See a Chiropractor in El Cajon
No matter the seriousness of the car accident, chiropractic care is important for the following reasons:
Pain may not show up for weeks to months after an accident.
This happens because there may be soft tissue damage that causes pain and arthritis down the road if it is not treated. If you wait until the pain shows up, you may not be able to get coverage for your injuries with insurance. Also, the damage done in the meantime may not be as treatable as if addressed immediately by chiropractic adjustments.
Damage may be missed by medical professionals but identified and treated by chiropractors.
Medical doctors and hospital staff are well equipped to find internal bleeding and damage to organs, broken bones, disk damage, concussions and the like. However, they are not equipped to test for soft tissue damage, range of motion issues, functioning of nerves and joints, the strength of your muscles, misaligned vertebrae, pinched nerves, or other hidden damage. Your chiropractor in El Cajon specializes in finding and treating these conditions.
Chiropractic treatment methods are different than those used by other health care professionals.
Chiropractors use a variety of methods to help heal the body after a car accident. These may include spinal manipulation, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, acupressure, acupuncture, and the like. A personal plan will be developed for your care based upon your injuries and what your chiropractor in El Cajon finds through your assessment. Knowing that there are a variety of methods available brings peace of mind in the presence of pain and bodily damage.
Your chiropractor may want to take x-rays during your assessment as well as use other testing methods to assess your body. After an accident you may suffer from whiplash which can cause dizziness, blurred vision, headaches, and pain in the neck and shoulders. You may also suffer from back pain, difficulty controlling pelvic floor function, as well as difficulty sitting, standing, walking, or getting up. You may not be able to bend over at all or do so without pain. Reaching for items may be difficult and neck and back pain while moving certain ways is common after an accident.
Chiropractic Care in El Cajon and the San Diego, CA Area
Whether you have been in an accident or are seeking a chiropractor in El Cajon or the greater San Diego, CA area, we look forward to working with you toward better health and pain free living. Contact our chiropractor’s office today for more information.