How a Chiropractor Helps after a Car Accident
Chiropractic Care for Motor Vehicle Accidents/MVA’s:
Motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) can result in serious injuries such as back sprain or strain, bruises and soft tissue damage or whiplash. These can happen regardless of the extent of the damage to the car. Whiplash may be associated with mild to severe neck pain, headaches and pain and numbness or tingling in the hands and arms. These symptoms may start right away, or they may take a few days to show up. Prompt examination and care from a chiropractor after the accident will help to speed the recovery process. Seeing a chiropractor may also help to prevent long-term damage. Chiropractic care has been shown to be effective in treating the injuries that are the result of a car accident. It works by re-aligning joints and the spine, releasing muscle tension, strains and sprains and by providing soft tissue therapy.
Techniques like laser, ultrasound, and interferential current can help injuries or pain. In addition to adjustments/mobilizations, our chiropractor also uses a range of myofascial techniques such as Active Release Therapy (ART), massage, nerve flossing, McKenzie and Mulligan techniques, Medical Acupuncture and craniosacral therapy.
Medications for Pain After a Car Accident
NSAIDs, Cox-2 inhibitors and Tylenol are the pain relievers normally prescribed after a car accident. They carry a significant risk of bleeding ulcers, heart attack/stroke or liver damage. Used sparingly they can help relieve the pain, while you address the underlying cause through chiropractic treatment.
Other Alternative Treatments for Pain After a Car Accident
Certain nutrients can help as natural anti-inflammatories, such as fish oil, and natural muscle relaxants, such as magnesium. Our naturopathic doctors can advise on dosages and the best quality product for you.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to safely relieve pain. It encourages the production of natural painkillers and anti-inflammatories in the brain and helps stimulate the immune system to speed healing.
Registered Massage Therapy
Massage therapy can help relax the muscles that may have tightened up in response to the accident. Our RMT’s can also help strains, sprains and fractures heal better.
Herbal medicines like Boswellia and curcumin can act as natural anti-inflammatories without the side effects associated with NSAID’s, Tylenol and other prescription drugs. Our Naturopathic Doctors can provide advice on the appropriate use of these.
Medically reviewed by Naturopath Dr Pamela Frank