Nearly all people will be involved in a car accident in their lives, but many of these collisions will happen at low speeds. However, a low-speed impact does not mean that drivers and passengers are not susceptible to injuries. In fact, soft tissue damage is highly common in low-speed fender benders, so you may need to consult a chiropractor to make a full recovery.
Injuries caused by minor collisions
Whiplash is the most significant injury associated with car accidents, and it occurs when the neck is jerked rapidly in one direction. The stress of this sudden movement can damage the soft tissues that support the spine and cause the spine to move out of alignment.
Delayed symptoms and complications
Whiplash can result in pain, stiffness, and radiating soreness, but these symptoms may not appear right away. Symptoms may not even appear until the next day after the initial injury. This window of time is not addressed through care at the ER or urgent care facility, so you may need a longer-term solution to ease your pain.
Adjustments made by the chiropractor
Visiting a chiropractor following a car accident can allow you to receive adjustments that may help you to heal while in alignment. The muscles should heal within 3 to 6 weeks, but the ligaments usually take longer. Once the window of time for healing closes, the scar tissues, muscles and ligaments are set at their new lengths. If the spine has been imbalanced while healing, all of these tissues will be asymmetrical as a result. With a chiropractor that focuses on rebalancing your spine during this time, a better and more complete recovery is in sight.
At Haug Chiropractic in Naperville, you can find quick and gentle care to address your injury through the unique approach of atlas orthogonal. To experience the difference of this type of chiropractic care following any injury, schedule a consultation on the Web or call 630-948-4222.