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Why Get Chiropractic Care Even After a Minor Accident

Woman on the phone after minor accidentA trusted Greeley chiropractor should be on your radar even after a minor car collision. Even if nothing in particular hurts or bothers you in the days after the incident, the sooner you visit a chiropractor, the better off you’ll be in the long run. Car accidents can cause injuries that aren’t always obvious right away. A few examples of these injuries, which could lead to more serious issues, include headaches, neck or shoulder pain, and back pain. Headaches can be especially tricky to deal with because they don’t always manifest themselves right after the accident, and they can be a sign of more serious problems.

The bottom line is, you won’t truly know the extent of your injuries and your risk for further injury until you see a medical professional. If you’ve already been to a physician for your injuries but you have some lingering symptoms, visiting a trusted chiropractor can head off further complications in the future and give you relief from slowly worsening ailments. It might seem inconvenient to go to a chiropractor initially, but typically, they can set you up for a much better recovery than if you try to tough it out.

Good Chiropractic Care Makes All the Difference

You might be resistant to put yourself through any more medical treatment than you may have already received but visiting a chiropractor has many benefits that make recovering from even a minor car accident faster and easier. Here are some of the top reasons to visit a chiropractor after a minor accident:

Reduce Inflammation

You may have already gotten X-rays even after a minor accident, just in case, but even diligently getting yourself X-rayed won’t always catch all the damage your body has sustained from a minor road incident. Small tweaks in the back and neck can cause more serious injuries later, so reducing excess inflammation can prevent pain from flaring back up.

Inflammation is a natural response of the body, but it can cause problems for people in recovery from injuries, particularly if they don’t realize how inflamed an area is. Chiropractors will be able to manipulate your spine to avoid any misalignments and get your body to release the substance IL-6, which naturally reduces inflammation in the body.

Restore Motion

When your body is able to move as it was designed to, it reduces undue wear and stress on joints, muscles, and connective tissue. Sometimes, mobility issues are difficult to diagnose on your own. You might wake up a few days after a minor car accident and have a pain in your neck because a tendon was stretched too far or the muscles in your neck haven’t fully healed from the whiplash.

Whiplash is one of the most dangerous things that can happen to your neck muscles, sometimes causing more problems than were originally apparent.

The best way to prevent any complications of whiplash after a car accident is to visit your chiropractor to make sure everything is moving and responding to treatment properly.

Reduce Scar Tissue

Scarring on the skin largely can’t be helped by a chiropractor. But outer scarring isn’t as damaging as scarring that happens on the inside of the body, which can form discreetly and cause serious movement and inflammation issues. Muscles usually form scar tissue after an injury naturally, causing prolonged stiffness and discomfort, which, if left untreated, can increase the risk of re-injury. While you can work on your own sore muscles to help break up scar tissue, a chiropractor will do a much more thorough job and leave you feeling much improved.

Reduce Pain

It should go without saying that a visit to a chiropractor after even a minor accident to break up scar tissue, reduce inflammation, and allow for easier motion will also reduce pain. Lingering pain can be the sign of more serious, undetected issues, and it can cause the body to overcompensate to avoid painful motions. This can then lead to worse injuries in the future.

Visit a Chiropractor Even if You aren’t Experiencing any Symptoms

Even if nothing hurts, it’s a wise move to visit a chiropractor after a minor car accident to avoid complications that could arise as a result.

 We are committed to educating and inspiring individuals and families to cultivate health and healing throughout their lives.

Dr. Erik and Dr. Patricia

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