Why should I go to a Chiropractor after a car accident
A: The short answer is natural PAIN RELIEF! Chiropractors offer not only the adjustment but also effective modalities that help reduce the inflammation and pain after an accident. Additionally, Chiropractors are the most equipped to prevent your injury from turning into a chronic issue that can affect you for years to come. The most common injury in a car accident is a sprain commonly referred to as ‘whiplash’. A sprain is defined as an overstretching of a ligament. A ligament can only overstretch when the bones of the adjacent joint have separated to some degree. Restoring alignment to joints is the Chiropractic specialty! Just think, if the bones of an injured joint are not properly aligned then the ligament will heal improperly putting you at risk for future damage and pain to that joint. An aligned joint allows for proper healing of a sprained ligament and wards off chronic issues.
Is the old saying true, “Once a sprain, always a sprain”? While there is some truth to this statement, the likelihood of future sprain is greatly reduced with proper care. Once an injury has occurred to an area of the body, there will always be an increased likelihood of repeat injury to that area due to a principle known as ‘plastic deformation’. It is like when you stretch a rubber band out as far as it can go, then notice that it doesn’t go back to its original size. Fortunately, the structures of the body have better luck bouncing back than that rubber band. The only way a ligament can be overstretched, sprained, is when the two bones making up the joint move lose their normal position. Aligning bones that are out of position is the Chiropractic specialty. An aligned joint allows that proper healing of that sprained ligament therefore making it less likely to sprain in the future.