Auto Injury

Chiropractic Care for Auto Injuries

Auto accidents happen every minute of every day. Fortunately, not all are fatal, but even the most minor collisions can impact the body. Learn below about some of the most common auto injuries and how chiropractic care with Dr. Jean-Charles and Dr. Ford at Walk In Medical Center Rehab in Lynbrook, NY, can help.

The Impact of Force on the Body

No matter how slow you might be going, a collision causes an unnatural amount of force to be sustained by the body. This sudden force can create several types of injuries, including but not limited to the following.

  • Spinal misalignment: The bones of the spine are supposed to stack neatly, but force can cause one or more to shift out of place.
  • Whiplash: Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in an auto accident. It occurs when the force sends the head in a quick forward and backward motion beyond its normal range of motion. This creates tiny tears in the tissue, which lead to inflammation, stiffness, headaches, and more.
  • Herniated discs: Just as the force can cause a vertebra to shift out of place, it can also cause the disc sitting between the bones to shift and sometimes tear. Even if it doesn’t happen during the collision, if you sustain a misalignment, the pressure of the misplaced bone can lead to a damaged disc.
  • Shoulder injuries: Seatbelts are incredibly valuable for keeping us in place, but they also tend to cause shoulder injuries during a crash.
  • Nerve compression: Misalignment and herniated discs can both lead to compressed nerves, which can cause everything from headaches to numbness and tingling.

Treatment for Auto Accident Injuries

Your treatment will depend on the injury or injuries you’ve sustained, but the following are some of the most effective.

  • Adjustments and manipulation to restore alignment
  • Therapeutic exercise to stretch and strengthen damaged areas, improve range of motion, decrease inflammation, and improve blood flow
  • Flexion-distraction to create space in the spinal column for the discs and other components
  • Therapeutic ultrasound therapy to penetrate the soft tissues, relieving pain, swelling, and inflammation while restoring range of motion and preventing scar tissue

If you’ve sustained auto injuries, visit Dr. Jean-Charles and Dr. Ford at Walk In Medical Center Rehab in Lynbrook, NY, for personalized relief. For any questions or to book an appointment, call (516) 341-7706.

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