San Antonio Chiropractor - Auto Accidents, Whiplash, Back & Neck Pain
In the bustling city of San Antonio, auto accidents are a fairly common occurrence. In the moments after a car accident, there are a lot of things to process. Your mind is still piecing together exactly what happened, survival instincts kicking in as the adrenaline courses through your veins, your body preparing to enter fight or flight in case of a life or death scenario. Since adrenaline is tied to our body's reactions to the situations it perceives as high risk or possibly life threatening scenarios, adrenaline tends to dull or mask pain. Once the adrenaline rush subsides and the pain response isn't being suppressed, you might feel neck or back pain hours, or even days after an accident.
Once the pain is there though, it doesn't always go away as quickly as it appeared. It's fairly common for people to still be in pain from car accidents weeks after a car accident. Luckily, chiropractic treatment can help alleviate some of this pain. Chiropractic care is a great drug free way to get treatment for whiplash or other auto accident related pain. Chiropractic treatment generally uses pressure relieving techniques and the manipulation of the spine and ligaments to relieve pain and properly realign the body's natural skeletal structure. If you have any residual or lingering pain after an accident, it is highly recommended to make an appointment with a San Antonio chiropractor for more information on diagnosis and treatment plans.
There are a variety of auto related injuries that can be treated a chiropractor.
Whiplash is caused by the rapid forward and backward motion of the head due to the sudden change in speed. This movement causes the muscles and ligaments to hyperextend past their normal range of motion, and if left untreated, can result in chronic neck pain, numbness, upper shoulder pain and headaches. Whiplash is most common in rear end accidents, due to the rapid shift from being at rest, moving forward and then quickly coming to rest again. The sudden momentum of the vehicle moving forward causes the head to tilt back, and the subsequent stop sends the head forward again as your body is restrained by the seat belt.
Back pain resulting from a car accident can be excruciatingly painful, and relentless. Back and neck pain are the two most common types of injuries in car accidents. The pain itself can be caused by a number of things. The vertebrae in the spine can either become misaligned or even fractured due to the sudden jerking motions and impact with the car seat as the body is for the most part held close to the seat by the safety belt. Ligaments, muscles, nerves, and the spinal cord itself can be damaged in an accident. Back injuries can also worsen over time, especially if not properly treated, as swelling, inflammation and fluid build up in and around the spine can cause further damage and pain.
Many people complain of headaches after a car accident, and in most cases these tend to go away on their own. In cases where they do not, this post-traumatic headaches can be a nuisance, especially for those who don't have a history of headaches or migraines. Some of these headaches might be a result of head injury, while others are a result of back and neck injury, and will subside with chiropractic treatment on the back and neck.
In most cases, any auto related injury treatment will be covered by insurance up to a limit depending on the insurance laws of your state. If you have any pain, even if it’s minor, notify your insurance carrier when making your auto claim. A Personal Injury Protection representative will be assigned to your claim, who will be able to answer any coverage and billing questions you may have regarding your insurance coverage. From there, the most important thing is to make an appointment for a consultation as soon as possible. The results from chiropractic treatment tend to diminish the more time passes between the date of the accident and the first day of treatment.