According to the Insurance Research Council, nearly 1/3 of all claimants injured in motor vehicle accidents (MVA’s) seek treatment from doctors of chiropractic. This is an impressive number given that the National Safety Council (NSC) has determined there to be more than 12 million MVA’s annually involving more than 20 million vehicles.
Auto accidents are among the most common reasons people seek out chiropractic care. The level of damage to your vehicle is not always a good indication of your injuries, as even minor crashes can cause profound tissue damage. Some motor vehicle accident injuries develope after several days or weeks, so you should report to your chiropractic physician as soon as possible for a thorough evaluation and proper treatment. Seeking the appropriate care immediately after your injury may help prevent long term health problems such as headaches, chronic neck pain, chronic back pain, and difficulty performing work and leisure activities. Common injuries and symptoms associated with auto accidents include:
- Shoulder and Arm Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Cuts and Bruises
- Sprains and Strains
- Numbness in hands, arms, feet or legs etc… (the list goes on)
Chiropractic care is very effective in treatment of these conditions. The principle goal of chiropractic care in the first few days after your accident is to manage the pain and swelling of the injured tissues, which involves targeting the treatment to reduce inflammation and decrease the intensity of myospasm. Health Atlast Pocatello uses gentle manual techniques, including massage, passive care and nutrition therapy to help you through this first phase of care. Chiropractic adjustments and other manual therapies may be employed as you begin to recover from the initial trauma of your accident.