Auto Accident Rehabilitation in Aurora
Total Wellness Center, your auto accident chiropractor in Aurora CO offers comprehensive and effective treatment for the most common injuries obtained in car accidents. If you have recently been involved in a car accident, it is important that you seek medical attention right away, even if you feel fine. The effects of many injuries do not always appear right away, and if you wait to receive a check-up it can complicate the insurance claim filing process. We recommend that anyone who has been involved in an accident seek care right away, even if they feel fine.
When you are involved in an auto accident–even a minor car crash like a “fender-bender”–your body sustains shock to its musculoskeletal and nervous systems ranging from mild bruising to significant soft tissue damage. Although the purpose of a vehicle is to protect you from injury by absorbing as much impact energy as possible, vehicles can’t stop your body from absorbing some amounts of kinetic energy. At the moment you are hit from behind during a rear end collision (the most common type of car crash), your neck hyperextends forward and backward rapidly, straining and possibly tearing muscles and cervical spine ligaments in the neck. This injury directly affects your middle and lower back vertebrae, acting like a “shockwave” of cascading soft tissue and joint damage. Rigidly grasping the steering wheel during an accident may also cause hand and wrist injuries involving the carpal tunnel nerve and joint ligaments.
Auto Accidents and Neck Injuries
Whiplash is associated with strong forces of acceleration and deceleration causing rapid, unrestrained back and forth movement of the neck and head. If your chiropractor diagnoses you with a whiplash injury, this means your soft tissues and bony structures comprising the neck have suffered extreme strain and inflammation. You may not feel whiplash symptoms for several hours or several days after the auto accident. Micro-tearing of muscles and ligaments won’t produce immediate pain and stiffness until these tiny tears have enlarged and inflamed soft tissues. This is why is it vital to visit your chiropractor as soon as possible after involvement in a car crash for a complete examination. Neck pain is the first sign of possible whiplash, followed by:
- Tingling/burning sensations in the neck (could be severe)
- Stiffness/inability to turn your head without pain
- Neck instability/neck weakness
- Upper back/shoulder pain
- Tingling/numbness radiating into your shoulders and arms
Neglecting to seek chiropractic treatment for whiplash could cause chronic or permanent injuries. For example, when a soft tissue injury heals, enough scar tissue can form that inhibits normal functioning of the spine. In some cases, thick scar tissue may induce spinal degenerative disorders such as degenerative disc disease.
Auto Accidents and Back Injuries
Lumbar sprains happen when back muscle fibers suffer abnormal tearing and stretching. Just like your head and neck are thrust forward during a rear end collision, your back and spine also endure powerful acceleration-deceleration forces. In some cases, this force is so powerful that auto accident victims are diagnosed by their chiropractor with a ruptured disc or spinal stenosis resulting from slivers of bone fragments pressing against spinal nerves. Facet joints connecting vertebrae may also be damaged, leading to severe nerve pain and vertebral subluxation. Muscle spasms can “freeze” joints and lock them in place abruptly, causing inability to move your back without experiencing extreme pain.
Chiropractic Treatment for Whiplash and Other Auto Accident Injuries
Dr. Geersen offers a variety of holistic chiropractic techniques to treat auto accident injuries impacting your musculoskeletal and nervous system. In addition to adjustments to restore proper alignment to your spine, Dr. Geersen will also develop a personalized, injury rehabilitation plan addressing your unique health needs. Chiropractic medicine focuses on treating the totality of your body and mind. Chiropractic care does not just provide temporary relief for pain, inflammation and stiffness but works to ensure you achieve a full recovery from your auto accident injury. If you or a loved one has been in an auto accident, call Total Wellness Center today at (303) 627-7995 to schedule an appointment. Don’t wait until painful symptoms appear. Preventative chiropractic care is the best kind of care you can receive after a car crash.
Auto Accident Injuries and Pain Don’t Always Show Up Right Away
Whiplash is just one common injury that can take a few days to show up. Lumbar back pain can also develop over a few-day period. Many people who are involved in accidents wake up a few days after and have their backs seize up or freeze on them. We do not want this to happen to you! Additionally, if you are injured and continue with your regular routine, it is possible to worsen the original injury worse or cause further damage.
Neck and lower back injuries are the most common issues that our patients face following an auto injury. Unfortunately, these types of injuries can be difficult to heal and you may experience re-injury if the area of the body has not completely healed or is weaker due to the accident. We will work with you to strengthen the muscles in the affected areas which can help to decrease the chance of re-injury. Its import to seek back pain treatment immediately after an accident to prevent further issues.
Chiropractic Care is an Effective Treatment for Auto Accident Injuries
Many of our patients first come to Total Wellness Center due to injuries that they receive in auto accidents. Oftentimes, these injuries can cause lingering pain, or create a cycle of discomfort that keeps returning after they think the injuries have healed. We offer comprehensive care that addresses your injuries and decreases the likelihood that they will return. In addition to the chiropractic adjustments and spinal care, we can also work with you to establish a stretching and exercise regimen that you can do at home to help with your recovery. We have the necessary tools to help you feel great again!
Have You Been in an Auto Accident? Total Wellness Center is Here to Help Get You Feeling Great Again!
Injuries that are sustained in auto accidents can be difficult to recover from 100%. If you are experiencing lingering or returning pain and discomfort, please call us today at (303) 627-7995 to schedule an appointment. Total Wellness Center is conveniently located at 4024 South Parker Road in Aurora.