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Auto Accident Injuries: Why You Should See a Chiropractor

Auto accidents can be violent. Even what may be considered a minor accident can tear muscles and put your neck and spine out of alignment. An auto accident injury can create a lifetime of pain, stiffness, and immobility. Skilled doctors, such as the ones at Advanced Physical Medicine of Yorkville in Yorkville, IL, are able to alleviate your pain and improve your mobility with non-invasive chiropractic techniques. Below are answers to some questions you may have about how your chiropractor can help you heal after sustaining an auto accident injury. 

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How Does a Chiropractor Treat Whiplash?

Whiplash is a very painful injury to your neck. It can happen even with a simple rear-end collision while you are sitting at a red light or stop sign. Whiplash happens when your head is forced in one direction with a sudden movement in the opposite direction. The force of the movement overextends your neck muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Symptoms of Whiplash

  • Strong neck pain and stiffness
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck 
  • Headaches beginning at the base of your skull
  • Pain that radiates to upper back, shoulders, and arms

Symptoms of whiplash may not occur for a few days, but when they do, the pain can be excruciating. Your chiropractor, instead of just giving you pain medicine, will get to the source of your pain and stiffness and help your body to heal.

First, they will check the alignment of your neck's vertebrae. If one is out of alignment, it can push against a nerve or not allow your head to sit correctly on your spine. This can lead to overstressed muscles.

Your chiropractor will manually nudge any misaligned vertebrae back into their proper position. This will ease any tension being placed against nerves, muscles, and connective tissues. Massage therapy can be used to encourage healing of soft tissues. Physical therapy with targeted exercises will help you regain strength and motion in your neck.

How Can a Chiropractor Treat Muscle Damage and Torn Ligaments?

Damage to muscle fibers and ligaments can happen anywhere on your body during a car accident. Rapidly overstretching them will cause them to tear. The result is pain and stiffness. This will affect your range of motion where the damage is done. It will be painful to move that area.

Massage therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, and ultrasound can help to keep your muscles loose and encourage blood flow to the area. Massage therapy and manual adjustments will help your ligaments to heal correctly. These treatments will increase your range of motion, decrease your pain, and support your body's natural healing process. 

What Are Chiropractic Treatments for Headaches and Vertigo?

With the movement of vertebrae and joints, and tension being put on muscles and nerves, headaches can become common. By getting a complete picture of your musculoskeletal system, areas that need adjustments can be determined. Making the proper adjustments can alleviate muscle and nerve tension. This can help to alleviate your headaches. 

Vertigo can be caused by your head being moved away from proper placement on your spine. Manual adjustments can make sure that proper alignment is restored.

Relief from the Effects of an Auto Accident Injury

An auto accident injury can have a major impact on your daily life and ability to make a living. The skilled and experienced doctors at Advanced Physical Medicine of Yorkville in Yorkville, IL, can help you return to your normal daily activities. Give us a call and set up a consultation. Our number is 630-239-7284. Our skilled advanced care will improve your life.