Why You Should Add a Chiropractor to Your Car Accident Rehabilitation Plan
When a collision is strong enough to cause serious injury, it's all but certain that specialized car accident rehabilitation will be needed for a proper recovery. Such programs not only focus on bringing the body up to its best possible state but also on speeding healing and reducing pain.
These programs may involve multiple doctors, with some handling surgery and others doing things like physical therapy, but in many cases, it's a good idea to bring in a chiropractor as well. This is because typical hospitals don't handle things like spinal realignment or therapeutic massage, but these services are often needed in order to take care of lingering problems like pain and stiffness.
Treatment for Whiplash
Whiplash is one of the most common problems that need to be addressed during car accident rehabilitation. This problem results when the neck is snapped forward and backward as a result of the strong impact. It can involve ruptured discs in the neck, fractured vertebrae, and worse. While the ER will likely give you a neck brace to stop further damage, this will not fix the underlying problems.
This is where Atlantic Chiropractic & Rehab and its chiropractor, Dr. Santjer, step in. The doctor will use chiropractic manipulation to get your neck bones back into their proper positions and reduce – or even eliminate – the whiplash pain. He'll likely order therapeutic massage as well so that your muscles stop being sore and blood flow is improved.
If your discs have been damaged, treatment will be given to help them heal, too. A decompression table puts gravity to work for you and helps your discs regain their proper shapes and fluid levels. Other such treatments are also available.
Upper Back and Shoulder Pain
A rear-end accident often leads to upper back and shoulder problems because the impact forcefully shoves the back of the seat into your own back. Spinal realignment is often necessary after this happens. Chiropractors, of course, are especially well-suited to provide the needed procedures.
Accidents often cause drivers' knee bones to be rammed together due to the positioning of the legs. Depending on how passengers were sitting, their legs may be affected as well.
While a chiropractor doesn't set bones, he can get them back into alignment as much as possible. He can also take steps to reduce soft tissue pain, prescribe orthotics to help with gait and leg length issues, and more.
To get chiropractic help for your car accident rehabilitation program, just contact us here in Chesapeake, VA. Dr. Santjer will see you soon and get your rehab started right away. Simply contact us at 757.547.4325 to make an appointment.