Seeing a chiropractor for pain related to a personal injury – such as a car accident, slip and fall, workplace injury or defective product-related incident – can help banish your pain and shorten your recovery time.
If you sustain an injury in any type of accident, time is of the essence. The sooner you can see your chiropractor for a full assessment of the damage, the faster you can begin to heal.
Types of Personal Injury that Benefit from Chiropractic Care
A personal injury is essentially any type of injury you sustain personally. From a legal perspective, these injuries can be physical or emotional. However, when seeking treatment from a chiropractor, this term typically refers specifically to physical injuries caused by the actions of another party.
The most common reason patients seek chiropractic care for personal injuries include car accidents, motorcycle crashes, truck accidents, premises liability (slip and fall accidents), work-related incidents, contact sports accidents, etc.
Common Symptoms Related to Personal Injuries
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries for which patients seek the help of a chiropractor. However, all types of back and neck injuries can occur after an accident, leaving you with pain, inflammation, muscle spasms and a limited range of motion.
Some of the most common symptoms you might experience after an accident include dizziness, headaches, muscle spasms, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), blurred vision, soreness and stiffness. You might also experience pain in your neck, shoulders, back and hips, ranging from mild to severe.
Some symptoms you might not automatically associate with your injury include mental confusion, excessive fatigue and difficulty performing tasks that require manual dexterity. However, these symptoms are often a warning sign of more significant, latent damage in the spine or the surrounding soft tissue.
How a Chiropractor Can Help with Personal Injury Recovery
Chiropractic treatment offers a variety of benefits for personal injury victims.
Depending on the nature of your injuries, your chiropractor can help restore movement, increase range of motion and increase flexibility. Getting prompt treatment after an accident can help reduce inflammation quickly. This, in turn, reduces muscle spasms and pain and, in many cases, can help reduce scar tissue that might otherwise result. Your chiropractor can also help restore strength and muscle tone.
It is important to note that, after an accident, whiplash and other orthopedic injuries will usually not resolve on their own. In fact, the problems can become exacerbated over time if you don’t seek treatment.
After an accident, the experienced treatment professionals at Foundation Chiropractic will conduct a thorough orthopedic exam and assessment to identify potential injuries and physical damage. Based on their findings, Dr. Harris or Dr. Brown will recommend the appropriate course of treatment to help alleviate your pain and expedite your recovery.
If you suffered a personal injury in Lehi, Orem or the surrounding areas, contact our office as soon as possible to schedule your evaluation with an experienced Utah chiropractor.