Back injuries are a common injury resulting from a car accident. They are so common that many people disregard their symptoms and allow their back injury to fester. For instance, you may not feel pain immediately after the accident, but the following days you may start to experience back pain or sore muscles. You might be taking over the counter or prescription pain medication, so that you are still able to function and go to work. But with each passing day your injury worsens. Eventually you realize that, yes, your back was injured in the accident. So now you are left to search the internet on how to deal with a back injury after a car accident?
Though there are a few things you can do at home to treat the injury, the core of the injury needs to be treated by a trained chiropractor.
Don’t know what a chiropractor is or don’t understand how they can help your car accident injury?
What Chiropractors Do
Chiropractors are specialized doctors who are able to manipulate and adjust your spine into proper alignment in your body. The spine is essential to your body’s natural systems, and even falling is considered trauma to the spine and body. A chiropractor’s job is to adjust it back into place so that your spine no longer pinches nerves and pushes against your muscles. Treatment length varies depending on the grade and severity of your back injury.
Why Does A Car Accident Affect Your Spine?
The force of the vehicle impact is distributed throughout your body. Your spine, which protects your nerves and organs, absorbs the majority of the impact. Along with a misaligned spine, your muscles also experience trauma and may receive micro-tears. This is considered soft tissue damage, and it can be very painful. All your symptoms in regards to you car injury, including back pain, muscle pain, and headaches, are considered to be whiplash.
In addition to seeking professional treatment from a chiropractor here are a couple of things you can do at home to deal with your back injury:
1 ) Get Plenty of Rest
Our bodies are a natural wonder and the best way to assist in your treatment process is to allow it to rest and regenerate.
2 ) Ice Your Muscles
Ice reduces swelling in the muscles. If you are able to ice regularly it will also help make your chiropractic adjustments easier. The muscles won’t be so tense and they will allow the spine to be more easily manipulated into place.
3 ) Don’t Over Exert Yourself
Even if you are feeling better after a few adjustments, you are still injured. If you try to lift something too heavy, or your activities have too much bending over involved you could aggravate your injury. It may worsen for a time if you re-injure it.
Your chiropractor may give you some exercises to do at home to aid in the recovery process, or they may suggest a physical therapy program to restrengthen your muscles.
Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy compliment each other and the combination gives a patient a high chance of a full recovery.
RxWellness Spine & Health is Here to Help
At RxWellness we utilize both chiropractic and physical therapy to create an individualized program for car accident patients. At our facility we don’t want you to just “deal” with a back injury after a car accident, we want you to experience a full recovery. If you’ve been injured and are seeking quality care give us a call at 703.904.9666. We are located 950 Herndon Parkway #130, Herndon, VA 20170.