While there are plenty of things you have to worry about after getting in a car accident, the insurance company and auto body shop can take care of most of it after you submit your claim.
However, your own health and wellness should come first. Whether you felt pain immediately after the accident or not, there is a good chance the impact affected your spine. In fact, whiplash can often occur in car accidents in vehicles that are traveling as slowly as 2.5 miles per hour. It is very important to visit a chiropractor immediately so that they can access any damages that could cause pain later on.
Visiting a chiropractor after you have had an auto accident can be beneficial in a number of ways. Firstly, the impact you experience in an automobile accident can often cause a shift in one or more vertebrae in your spine. In most cases, the pain does not occur at the moment of impact or when the vertebral disc shifts but several days to a week after the accident. Seeing a chiropractor as soon as you can after being in a car accident can greatly increase chances of avoiding the pain before it begins.
Having your spine and back accessed early can also help speed up the healing process of soft tissue that might have been torn during the accident or movement of the vertebral discs. Scar tissue typically begins to form where the tissue was torn about three weeks after the accident, and a chiropractor can help ensure your spine is in the best position to avoid scar tissue that will cause tightness and pain later on. Problems that can be caused by scar tissue that did not heal properly or in an unfavorable location might include headaches, neck-aches, muscle spasms and even arthritis.
During a consultation appointment following a car accident, the chiropractor will be able to access any damage or injuries that would require that you get surgery or attention from a medical doctor. The chiropractor would then be able to refer you to a practicing doctor in your area that could treat those problems and then they could get to work on a treatment plant for any other related or unrelated issues of the spine or back keeping the more severe injury mind.
The sooner you have a chiropractor access your body for injuries sustained from an automobile accident, the more likely that your insurance company will cover the costs of your chiropractic treatment plan, x-rays and subsequent office visits.
Remember that even if you don’t feel pain later on in the day after having been in a car accident, or even the following day, this doesn’t mean your back and spine were unaffected. Getting in to see a chiropractor as soon as you can, can help prevent pain and further damage from developing. If you feel you have chronic pain that might have been caused by an accident you had months or years ago, a chiropractor can still help correct some of these issues.
Calvanese Chiropractic offers the best chiropractic services for anyone regardless of the age. So, don’t stand alone in pain, contact us as soon as possible after a car accident.