When Not to see a Chiropractor after an Auto Accident
You’ve been in a auto accident. Your car is crunched. What do you do? Usually the first thing is to do a self-assessment – how do you feel? Are you bleeding? Are you in pain?
If the answer to both of these questions is no, take a breath. Collect yourself. Ask to see the other driver’s license and insurance information. Copy it down. And provide the other driver your information.
Common Symptoms following Auto Accident
Pay attention to how you feel in the moments, days and weeks following the accident. Car collisions involve lots of force. Sometimes injuries from these type of accidents don’t show up immediately. Common symptoms are neck pain or stiffness, back pain or stiffness, loss of mobility or flexibility, headaches, jaw pain, confusion, mental fogginess, dizziness, spine clicking, popping or grinding sensations, shoulder pain, arm or leg pain, and more.
When you don't need to see a Chiropractor
Google the words "Chiropractor" and "Auto Accident" and you'll see a long list of articles detailing why you need to see a chiropractor. But not too much is written about when not to see a chiropractor.
The answer isn't rocket science.
If you don’t have symptoms, chances are you don’t need to see a chiropractor. There are some chiropractors that will tell people they risk spinal degeneration if they don’t see a chiropractor following a motor vehicle accident. The truth is, I’ve not seen any studies that confirm this. As of right now, there is no science to back up those type of statements. If you have no symptoms, there is nothing urgent about seeing a chiropractor.
When to See a Chiropractor
One the other hand, if you are experiencing symptoms following an auto accident – even an accident that occurred months ago – by all means, see a good chiropractor that has training in soft tissue injuries. As with medical doctors, not all chiropractor are the same. Ask the chiropractor if he or she has received advanced training in management of injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents and set up an appointment for a thorough evaluation.
Forces measuring thousands of pounds may be exerted onto the supporting tissues of the spine and neck in a car accident. This can result in stretching and tearing injury of the soft tissues, ligaments, and the vertebral discs of the spine and neck. In addition, the forces can be disruptive to the joints of the spine, causing spinal shifting, instability and misalignment.
If any of this happens to you, you'll have symptoms.
All of these issues are easily diagnosed by a good chiropractor - and all of these are accompanied by some type of symptoms.
The bottom line is to use common sense following an auto accident.
If you have symptoms following an auto accident, there’s no one better than a chiropractor to diagnose and manage your case.
If you have questions, feel free to give us a call. Both chiropractors at Deutsch Chiropractic are highly trained to treat injuries from an auto accident.
Learn more on the Deutsch Chiropractic whiplash page.