Every year, around three million Americans sustain injuries during car accidents. At Unbroken Body Chiropractic in Pleasant Hill, California, Jonathan Adams, DC, diagnoses and treats auto accident-related injuries with comprehensive, evidence-based techniques to help you recover quickly and safely. If you’ve been in a collision, even if you don’t have pain, call Unbroken Body Chiropractic, or make an appointment online today.
Automobile accidents cause unique injuries, unlike any other. When you have a car accident, the force of the impact puts significant strain on your body and can cause a variety of injuries. Some of the most common auto accident-related injuries include:
Whiplash occurs when a sudden rear impact forces your head to jerk forward and backward rapidly. It puts significant strain on your neck, injuring the vertebrae, discs, muscles, connective tissue, and nerves. Whiplash can cause considerable pain and reduced capacity to turn or nod your head.
A car accident can also force your spine out of alignment or damage your discs. Spinal misalignment, herniated discs, and inflammation cause pain and can compress your nerves causing pain in your back and throughout your body.
The force of an automobile accident can cause strains and sprains in your muscle and connective tissue. These injuries are painful and can create spasm and tension that pull your spine out of alignment and cause further pain. Soft tissue injuries in your neck can also cause headaches.
In addition to the joints of your spine, you can injure your elbows, knees, wrists, and the delicate joints of your hands and feet during an automobile collision. You might dislocate a joint or strain or tear a tendon or ligament.
Chiropractic care is often the best treatment for collision-related injuries. You should make an appointment with Dr. Adams at Unbroken Body Chiropractic as soon as possible after your accident. When you’re involved in an accident, your body releases adrenaline, which can help you get through danger, but also masks your symptoms.
Dr. Adams provides comprehensive exams and can often diagnose injuries before you develop any pain or other symptoms. When you start treatment early, you can reduce the amount of pain you experience and the overall disruption to your life.
As mentioned, Dr. Adams begins with a thorough exam. There are many factors to consider before creating a treatment plan or attempting conservative care. Dr. Adams also collaborates with your medical doctor to co-manage your injuries.
Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Adams might recommend chiropractic and rehabilitation techniques, including:
Myofascial release uses applied, hands-on pressure to release tightness in your fascia. The treatment can relieve tension that contributes to your headaches.
ART combines manipulation and movement to release tension, break up scar tissue, and increase circulation to relieve the underlying problem causing your headaches.
Rapid Release Therapy uses vibrations to relieve muscle tension, break up scar tissue, and improve circulation.
The Activator Method is an instrument-assisted chiropractic technique to adjust your spine and correct alignment issues. Dr. Adams uses an Activator Method device to realign your spine and relieve headaches.
Thumper is a device that applies percussion massage therapy to release muscle tension. This treatment can be used to complement other massage or chiropractic techniques.
The drop table technique utilizes a specific chiropractic table with segments that can lift and drop down. The dropping mechanism allows the force of gravity to deliver gentle and low-velocity chiropractic adjustments.
If you’ve been in an accident, call Unbroken Body Chiropractic, or make an appointment online, for expert care to help you recover quickly and safely.