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Do Minor Auto Accidents Affect Your Spine?

Car accidents happen to even the most careful of drivers, and mild to severe injuries often occur. You might think that painful injuries and long-term complications only result from the most serious of accidents, but that isn’t exactly true.

Even in low-impact collisions, whiplash can result from an car accident. This is true even if you’re only traveling 5 to 10 miles per hour when the accident occurs. If you are hit from the side or rear, certain things can happen within your spine to damage it:

  • Stretching or tearing of ligaments and muscles
  • Compression of the joints
  • Irritation of the nerves

All of these injuries can cause inflammation and pain, increasing your suffering after a car accident.

These symptoms might not even appear until 24 to 48 hours after the collision. That is why people often think they haven’t been injured in a wreck, only to discover a day or two later that they are in extraordinary amounts of pain and discomfort!

Any time you’re involved in a car accident, it would be a good idea to immediately visit a chiropractor as a preventive step. We can assess your spine and detect any potential damage, and often prevent you from having a chronic, painful problem that persists long after the event.

If you’re involved in a car accident, please give us a call. We can help you uncover any whiplash injuries and treat problematic injuries promptly.

 

Myths of Chiropractic Care

When people hear the words, “chiropractor” or “chiropractic care”, many ideas might come to mind. Unfortunately, there exists quite a bit of misunderstanding about what chiropractic care is, and how we help our patients to heal and feel better. We hope to shed some light on these myths, so that no patient is ever afraid to seek the care that they need.

“Routine care isn’t needed.” Just as we visit the dentist for regular cleanings and checkups, it is important to seek routine care from a chiropractor. Regular appointments can often keep patients from developing the types of painful problems that necessitate more in-depth treatments.

“Chiropractic care is not safe”, or “chiropractors hurt people.” If this were true, our malpractice insurance rates would be through the roof! In fact, the opposite is true. Chiropractors pay the lowest premiums for malpractice insurance because insurance companies recognize that the care we offer to patients is overwhelmingly safe and effective, with minimal or zero side effects.

“Chiropractic care hurts!” Many people mistakenly view chiropractic care as collection of painful procedures. On the contrary, we have ways of performing adjustments while keeping our patients relaxed and comfortable. Chiropractic care does not equal pain and discomfort; the goal is to avoid that entirely! We work toward reducing joint inflammation and nerve irritation, so that our patients can feel better both in our office and in their everyday lives.

Check out the above video for a more detailed explanation of these myths, and feel free to call us if you have any questions.