Car Accident? Why Your Chiropractor Should Be Your First Call
Brookfield Chiropractor For Car Accidents
Car accidents are one of those things that everyone thinks will never happen to them until it does. Nearly 18,000 auto accidents happen every day in the US and like many patients who come to us seeking a chiropractor after a auto accident will tell you, they can ruin your day like nothing else.
It might happen on the morning commute to work when a driver who’s morning coffee hasn’t kicked in reacts too slowly to the brake lights ahead of them. It might happen on the way home from a night out when a deer decides to suddenly run across the road at the last second, leading to a multi-car pileup.
Your Body Is More Important Than Your Vehicle
However it happens, the first reaction most Milwaukee auto accident victims have is to worry about the damage done to their automobile. Dents and dings can be repaired; your priority needs to be on YOU and your HEALTH. It’s important to remember that permanent injury and the pain and suffering that accompany it can occur even with “minor” fender benders at speeds as low as 5mph. Furthermore, multiple studies have shown that the amount of damage to an automobile bears little correlation to the force applied to the spine of the passengers. In other words, the damage done to your body is rarely consistent with the damage done to your vehicle.
It’s also common for patients to feel fine immediately after an accident only to have symptoms appear several days (even up to a week) later. This is especially true for whiplash, one of the most common injuries resulting from an auto accident. At Ascent Chiropractic, we see Milwaukee car accident patients all the time who report that they were totally symptom-free the day of the accident but ended up with a splitting headache, a tight neck, numb hands, dizziness, fatigue and overall discomfort a few days later.
Auto Accident Recovery With Chiropractic Care
The majority of auto accident victims eventually recover completely from their injuries. However, without prompt care, up to 20% report that they still suffer from their injury symptoms 2 years post-auto accident. Some victims never completely recover. That’s why if you are in any type of car wreck or auto accident it’s essential to make an appointment with your chiropractor as soon as possible.
You need a doctor who is experienced in the treatment and diagnosis of auto accident injuries. Emergency room physicians will check vital signs, rule out any life-threatening conditions and release patients with pain relievers, muscle relaxers and/or anti-inflammatory medication. However, most primary health care providers are not trained in treating soft tissue injuries, which are usually more concerning than broken bones. While fractures heal relatively quickly and predictably, soft tissue heals with scar tissue, which can affect the function of tendons, ligaments, discs, joints, and nerves. It can also reduce range of motion and muscle strength, and can set into motion the degenerative process known as Post Traumatic Osteoarthritis.
Additionally, prompt examination by a chiropractor will provide you with the information needed in order to decide if an attorney is necessary. If necessary, we can refer you to a reputable and qualified personal injury attorney.
The Ascent Chiropractic Advantage
With proper treatment from a chiropractor, most auto accident victims can expect to completely recover from whiplash and other injuries in 3-6 months. At Ascent Chiropractic, we use an adjusting technique that is very gentle and corrects dysfunction in the spine without the “popping” or “cracking” often associated with chiropractic care. Most patients begin to feel relief after their first appointment.
We realize you have options in choosing a chiropractor. If you, a friend or family member in the Brookfield, New Berlin or Wauwatosa area is suffering from pain related to an auto accident, you don’t need to suffer with chronic pain. To make an appointment at Ascent Chiropractic, call 262-345-4166 or schedule an appointment with our online scheduling app.
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