If you have recently been in an auto accident, you may be wondering how chiropractic care can help manage your pain and support your body’s natural healing process. Below, Dr. Berman and Dr. Conner answer three of your most frequently asked questions about the benefits of chiropractic care for auto accident injuries.
#1: If I went to the hospital, do I still need to see a chiropractor?
Even if you went to the hospital, you will still benefit from a diagnostic exam with a chiropractor. Hospitals provide urgent care after an accident; these treatments rely on medication to “mask” pain symptoms for immediate relief. This is not, however, a long-term pain relief solution. Chiropractic care identifies and treats musculoskeletal injuries that are responsible for your pain.
#2: Do I need to see a chiropractor after a fender bender?
Accidents at speeds as slow as 5mph can cause serious whiplash injuries and other spinal misalignments. Neck pain, headaches and migraines are common. Even if you consider your accident to be minor, you may still have sustained serious musculoskeletal injuries and could benefit from chiropractic care.
#3: What symptoms are related to auto accident injuries?
Whiplash is the most common auto accident injury. Whiplash symptoms include neck pain, headache, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, shoulder pain, disordered sleep patterns, blurred vision, forgetfulness and mood swings. Lower back pain is also common; a herniated or bulging disc typically triggers this pain.