Car Accident Injury - What to Do If You Experience Whiplash
Whiplash is a common car accident injury.
If you sustain this type of injury, it’s imperative that you seek treatment right away from a Hurst chiropractor.
Why does this matter – especially if you don’t experience any discomfort?
Why You Should Seek Chiropractic Whiplash Treatment
When you’re in an accident, your head and neck are violently thrust forward and backward or from side to side. The violent stretch of your muscles can lead to pain – but that’s not the only reason to see your chiropractor.
After an injury, your body responds by creating inflammation and scar tissue. The purpose is to start the healing process. Unfortunately, you end up with:
- Sore muscles
- Muscle stiffness
- Lack of flexibility
- Loss of strength
Scar tissue is a thick, fibrous tissue that builds up when other tissues – like muscles or skin – have been torn or cut. The scar tissue isn’t as flexible as the tissue(s) it’s replacing. If too much of this type of tissue builds up, it can result in long-term pain, stiffness, and loss of flexibility. Thankfully, your Hurst chiropractor can prevent that from happening.
How Your Hurst Chiropractor Can Help Ease Neck Strain and Pain
Drs. Rick Bartlett, Sr., and Steven Reed Anderson can create a whiplash treatment plan that significantly reduces muscle strain and pain. The treatments can also break up scar tissue to promote flexibility and allow you to strengthen your muscles again.
Some car accident injury treatments include:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Spinal decompression
- Massage therapy
- Physical rehabilitation
Your Hurst chiropractor’s main focus is on treating soft tissue issues, including those caused by auto accidents. When you experience whiplash or other muscle or ligament strains after an accident, your chiropractic team is well-equipped to help you get out of pain fast and reduce the risk of long-term damage.
Improve Muscle Strength Now to Prevent Pain in the Future
While there’s little you can do to prevent whiplash and pain after an accident, there are steps you can take now to reduce long-term damage and improve your comfort today.
Practice good posture and workplace ergonomics. Get plenty of regular exercise. Stretch your muscles – including those of your neck, shoulders, and back – regularly to prevent stiffness and pain.
Talk to your Hurst chiropractor about more ways you can keep your body healthy, limber, and pain-free.
Are you suffering from neck pain and headaches? Contact us at 817-428-0801 to schedule an appointment. We’ll help you find relief!