Many of our patients come to us after they have been involved in a car accident, and they often have questions related to auto accidents and chiropractic services. Here are a few of the most common questions we receive, along with answers from our chiropractor.
What are the most common injuries after a car accident?
Spinal injuries, whiplash, and herniated and bulging discs are the most common injuries in minor car accidents and fender-benders. These injuries occur because the body is rapidly bounced back and forth between the car seat and the seatbelt, which throws the spine out of alignment and damages the discs, which cushion the vertebrae. If you think you have suffered an auto accident injury, please contact our office and schedule an appointment.
Is getting seen by a chiropractor after an auto accident safe?
Getting evaluated by a chiropractor after an accident and potential auto accident injury in North Charleston is completely safe. Chiropractors are educated and trained in the diseases and injuries of the spine and seek to treat those ailments holistically by realigning the spine and neck into their proper positions, prescribing rehabilitative exercises and recommending healthier diet and lifestyle choices.
I was not injured in my recent car accident. Why should I see a chiropractor for an auto accident injury?
An auto accident injury is not always visible, and the adrenaline rush can mask pain and other spinal and muscle injuries for several days after the accident. When injured, the body starts healing almost immediately, which creates scar tissue and inflammation. While both of these things are part of the healing process, it is important to schedule an appointment with our North Charleston chiropractor to ensure that the injuries are healing properly and the spine is still in its correct position and the discs are uninjured.
I already went to the hospital. Should I still see a chiropractor in North Charleston?
You should absolutely schedule an appointment with our chiropractor in North Charleston even if you’ve already been seen by emergency room medical personnel. Doctors and nurses in hospitals and emergency rooms are trained to treat immediate injuries, prescribe pain pills and other medications and make sure that the patient is stable and not in need of in-patient care. Hospitals typically do not provide long-term rehabilitation. Our chiropractor takes the time to fully diagnose auto accident injuries and prescribe holistic treatment options that are designed to facilitate complete healing and pain relief.
I heard that my auto accident injury pain could get worse if I don’t get it treated by a chiropractor. Is that true?
The pain after an auto accident injury can get worse if it is left untreated. Herniated and bulging discs and whiplash do not get better on their own. Our chiropractor in North Charleston can diagnose and treat spinal injuries that result from a car accident. In fact, we recommend that anyone who has been involved in a car accident, no matter how minor, schedule an appointment at our office.