Following any type of accident, it is vital to visit a medical professional who can assess your injuries and recommend appropriate treatment. Whether you have sustained injuries from a car accident, slip and fall or other mishap, chiropractic care is often an important part of treatment and can help put you back on the path to recovery.
At your first visit, your chiropractor will observe your physical condition, posture, range of motion, and note any movement that causes pain. He or she will check your shoulders and spine, its curvature and alignment, and feel for muscle spasms. He or she will also test your reflexes, muscle strength, and check for additional neurological issues.
Your chiropractor may also order x-rays or other tests to help diagnose your condition. There are many types of injuries that can be treated with chiropractic care as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, including:
Whiplash is an injury to the neck muscles caused by rapid forward and backward motion of the neck. The acute “whipping” motion injures tissues surrounding and supporting the head and neck. This trauma to the neck can cause acute neck pain and restricted movement of the neck.
Back and Spine Injuries
Neck, back and spine injuries are the most common types of injuries caused by auto accidents. A serious neck or back injury can rupture or herniate the disks in your spinal column. The disks in your spinal column are plate-like structures that are found between the vertebrae in your back and neck. If they shift or become damaged, it can put extreme pressure on nerves and cause significant pain in the neck and upper, middle and lower back. The harsh impact that may occur during a car accident can also cause serious back injury called bone displacement.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries to the neck and back often cannot be detected by any form of imaging. As a result, it may be difficult to pinpoint the extent of your soft tissue injury.
Treating Your Chiropractic Injury
Chiropractic treatment is usually performed over a series of weeks or months. A chiropractor may treat injuries using methods such as ultrasound, interferential electrical stimulation, stretching, trigger point therapy, gentle spinal manipulation, therapeutic massage and other techniques to restore normal function to the neck, back and spine.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious chiropractic injury, the experienced legal team at Gold, Albanese & Barletti, LLC, can assess your case and help to ensure you receive proper treatment and the compensation you deserve. Contact us at 732-936-9901 to schedule a free consultation.