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Chiropractic care can be crucial after an auto accident

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By Dr. Anthony Marasco
HealthSource of Hillsboro

If you’re suffering from an auto accident, you might be surprised to learn that chiropractic care can provide a drug-free way to relieve your pain. For instance, if you have back pain or neck pain after being involved in a car accident, this could mean you have a spinal or whiplash injury. If you do not receive proper care, these types of injuries can have a serious, negative impact on your health. They can lead to months, or possibly even years, of chronic pain.

Your HealthSource team is experienced in treating patients who have been injured in automobile accidents. And they know the best methods for managing whiplash and or spinal injuries–without resorting to medication or surgery.

What can happen as the result of an auto accident injury is that the musculoskeletal system is knocked out of proper alignment because of the force of the accident; back and neck pain can occur as a result. A whiplash injury can happen from the force of a rear-impact accident that cause the abrupt movement of the cervical spin backward and forward, or whipped (hence the name of the condition). This will knock the spine out of its alignment and strain the neck muscles, which causes pain, soreness, and stiffness.

Whereas traditional medicine generally relies on medication to cover up pain symptoms, chiropractic treatment addresses the underlying injury, whether it is spinal or whiplash. Painkillers provide immediate relief to the patients, but they do not offer a long-term solution when it comes to managing the pain. In addition, medication does not do much in terms of helping patients regain lost mobility after spine or whiplash injury. Chiropractic adjustments not only can relieve pressure on the muscles and nerves, but it also brings alignment back to the spine. Additional therapies, such as corrective exercise, can help bring back the body’s full range of motion.

If you’re suffering from an auto accident injury–regardless of whether it was a “fender bender” or a major crash–don’t wait to deal with your pain. Prompt chiropractic care will help support your body’s natural healing process and help you avoid a lifetime of chronic pain or other health problems.