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Car Accident Injury
Even a minor car accident injury can leave victims struggling with whiplash pain, migraines and back pain for years following the accident. At Raveling Chiropractic Center, our chiropractor understands how challenging and frustrating the recovery process can be following a car accident injury. Our team provides innovative care that combines drug-free pain management with physical therapy to provide long-lasting pain relief and help a patient’s injuries safely heal.
Whiplash injuries are one of the most common causes for pain following a car accident injury. A whiplash injury occurs when the force of a rear-accident impact “whips” the cervical spine forwards and backwards. This whipping action creates an abnormal “C” curve in the spine, causing hyperflexion and hyperextenion in different parts of the spine. As long as this misalignment persists, patients will continue to suffer from neck pain. In addition to neck pain, this abnormal curvature can also trigger other health problems, including recurring migraines, headaches and difficulty concentrating.
Many Dunedin car accident injury victims also suffer from a herniated disc in the lower spine. The force of an accident impact throws a patient’s body forwards, while a seatbelt restrains this movement. While seatbelts are an important life-saving safety restraint, by preventing the spine from reacting naturally to external forces, these restraints may cause a disc to slip out of alignment. Herniated discs are not uncommon following car accident injuries. Depending on the herniated disc’s location along the spine, accident victims may experience pain in the lower back or feel it radiate outwards along the shoulders, arms, or legs.
After an accident injury, patients may seek medical care, including pain medication to manage stiffness and soreness. While medication can provide temporary relief, drugs are not a long-term solution. As long as the spine remains misaligned, pain will persist. Chiropractic adjustments are an effective pain management option. Adjustments help bring proper alignment back to the spine, relieving pressure on the nerves and supporting whole body health. Regular chiropractic adjustments are an effective way to manage whiplash pain, recurring headaches, and lower back pain after an injury.
In addition to chiropractic care, Dr. Raveling may recommend treatments that complement adjustments, including physical therapy. Physiotherapy and corrective exercises help to safely bring movement back to the body following an injury. After a car accident injury, Dunedin patients typically experience soreness, stiffness and a restricted range of motion. In fact, for many years, traditional medical care believed that wearing a cervical collar was the best way to protect the neck from further injury. While some immobilization can be beneficial, long-term immobilization of the spine actually draws out the recovery process. Corrective care exercises are a safe and effective way to bring movement back to the body. Increased circulation brings fresh oxygen and nutrients to injured soft tissues, supporting the body's natural healing process.
Don't let a car accident injury cause a lifetime of pain. We would like to advise our patients that there is a new Florida PIP law that is governed by a 14-day rule. This means that you have two weeks after your accident to seek treatment or the majority of your PIP benefits may be lost. Contact our chiropractor for healing today!