Car accidents are tricky. While they may produce very obvious symptoms and conditions, they may also produce slight misalignments that are not detected until later. These misalignments, untreated, can lead to other conditions. For this reason, it is important to seek chiropractic care following any car accident, no matter how minor. This will ensure total alignment of your body and prevent future conditions from arising. The doctors at LC Chiropractic have spent years working on victims of car crashes, and their patients consider them among the best car accident chiropractors Lockport and Manhattan, IL have available.
Beyond whiplash, car accidents can produce a number of symptoms and conditions, including:
- Back Pain
- Chest Pain
- Radiating pain in extremities
- Disc herniation
- Pinched Nerves
Treating Back Pain from Car Accidents
It cannot be stressed enough that people who have been in a car accident should immediately be checked for spinal injuries. Even minor accidents can create forces on the lower back that can cause a lifetime of back pain. Following a car accident, symptoms may be masked by pain medication or by more acute pain located elsewhere. The force created by a collision can tear apart and damage the soft tissues of the back and throw the spine out of alignment.
A knowledgeable car accident chiropractor can evaluate damage to the spine following an accident to ensure further injury does not occur. Relief from the trauma of an accident can begin immediately through gentle adjustments focused on restoring stability to the spine and back. Avoiding a long-term back problem depends on quickly identifying the specific injuries so treatment can begin. Often, these injuries are not immediately evident which causes a dangerous delay in having an evaluation and beginning treatment.
Soft Tissue Damage
Injuries to muscles and ligaments almost always occur during car accidents. These injuries will not show up on X-rays and emergency rooms physicians may miss them, particularly if there are other injuries requiring immediate attention. Soft tissue injuries may not become obvious for months. Some of the symptoms of these types of injuries are:
- Numbness or tingling
- Muscle spasm
- Difficulty focusing
Long-term problems can be created when soft tissue damage isn’t quickly identified and treated. If you have any unwanted conditions following a car crash, come in for an evaluation by among the best car accident injury chiropractors in Lockport and Manhattan, IL. Even if the accident was in the distant past, current conditions can stem from old untreated soft tissue injuries.
Each of these conditions is the result of misalignment in the musculoskeletal system, or from a defect in the nervous system. In many car accident cases, traditional doctors will treat the symptoms of the injury without diagnosing its root. When this happens, it can lead to long-term physical issues. These issues could have been corrected with chiropractic treatment that helps the body redevelop its strength and motion, as well as heal itself properly.
While whiplash is generally identified with car accidents, it can occur from a number of other causes. It comes about from an overextension of the neck, which can be caused by any activity that jars, twists or otherwise strains the neck. Whiplash is an interesting condition, because it often does not display symptoms for the first 24 hours after the injury is sustained. Once symptoms develop, they may include the following:
- Neck stiffness
- Neck pain
- Reflective shoulder pain
- Lower back pain
- Numbness in the extremities
- Sensory defects, such as blurry vision or ringing in the ears
- Difficulty focusing
A cursory glance through medical websites reveals that the most common whiplash treatment is painkillers or muscle relaxants. At LC Chiropractic, we are not content to simply numb the symptoms and hope that the cause goes away. Instead, we will get to the root of the problem with our total examination and precise diagnosis. With the use of an x-ray and our expertise of musculoskeletal anatomy, we can identify the exact source of strain or hyperextension, giving us the ability to deliver effective whiplash treatment with permanent results. We provide whiplash treatment in Lockport or Manhattan but we welcome patients from all over.
Our approach to whiplash is on a gradient. Directly following the injury, the neck is not interested in further velocity or force. Initial chiropractic adjustments are gentle and custom tailored to the severity of the whiplash. We ensure the treatment is comfortable at all times while still remaining effective.
As the symptoms subside, you’ll work with our team to continue the rehabilitation procedure with further adjustments, mobilization and exercise. Throughout the entire process, our focus is on the musculoskeletal system being set back to battery, eliminating misalignment that is responsible for the condition. By handling the actual misalignment instead of only providing pain relief, we deliver among the best whiplash treatment Lockport and Manhattan have to offer.