26 Nov Why You Should See A Chiropractor After An Auto Accident
One of the most common injuries suffered during a car accident is to have your spine move out of alignment. This can be a painful and confusing injury. Because the spine’s purpose is to serve as a pathway for communications between the brain and other parts of the body, a misalignment can show up as a wide range of symptoms.
When an injured spine disrupts communication between your brain and the rest of your body, the assorted symptoms can confuse both patients and doctors. For example, if you have ongoing headaches, the assumption is that your brain has been injured. Your body, however, is more complicated than that. It could be your spine is out of alignment.
The aftermath of a car accident can also be confusing, especially when your injuries go unnoticed for a day or two – and even up to a week or two. The best chiropractors in Colorado Springs, however, are on hand to make an accurate diagnosis and begin treatment as soon as possible. At Colorado Accident and Injury, our purpose is to document your injuries thoroughly and accurately.
Symptoms of Misalignment
As most of us realize, the brain does much more than thinking. It is the command post for both voluntary and involuntary activities. Voluntary movement includes turning your head, walking, running, using your arms and hands. Involuntary movement includes activities like breathing or heartbeats – things you don’t tell yourself to do; your body just does them anyway.
The symptoms of a spine misalignment can vary from person to person. Among the more common symptoms are these:
- Unexplained fatigue
- Numbness, especially in the hands and feet
- Loss of coordination, including clumsy walking
- Chronic headaches
- Pain in the hips, feet, legs, hands, or neck
- Discomfort – a sense that something is wrong
- Joint Stiffness
Many people walk away from automobile accidents and assume they were not injured. It is possible that your body has gone into shock, a state in which your body tries to keep vital organs going while ignoring and sometimes masking other injuries. This is common among whiplash victims and those who have suffered a muscle strain. Your body is protecting your heart, brain, and lungs. However, it may be several days before your brain allows you to register those injuries.
Diagnosing a spine misalignment should be handled by a trained chiropractor or a family physician who recognizes the wide range of symptoms that can occur. This should be done as soon after the injury as possible. Spinal cord injuries can require several chiropractic manipulations that re-position your spinal cord and mediate the wide variety of symptoms.
It is possible that one or two chiropractic adjustments can realign your spine completely. Often, however, it takes more than one visit to reposition and retrain your spine.
Physical therapy is the perfect complement to chiropractic medicine. While the chiropractor uses a hands-on approach to spinal adjustments, the physical therapist concentrates on physical activities that retrain your spinal cord to make use of and to retain the new alignment. Physical therapists also document your range of motion, which can be helpful if the car accident involves a dispute with the law or an insurance company.
The best physical therapists Colorado Springs has available at Colorado Accident and Injury can document your injuries and coordinate services with the team’s chiropractors. If injured in a car accident call 710-917-1000 for an appointment today.