How Does Chiropractic Treat Car Accident Injuries?
Chiropractic care aims to keep the spine in correct alignment. Many injuries common to car accidents shift the vertebrae out of place, resulting in pain and mobility issues. Dr. Slingsby uses his experience to help patients to recover from these injuries by adjusting the spine to ensure correct alignment and to release and subluxations occurring from the injury.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a relatively common injury following an automobile accident caused by the neck and back moving forward and backward quickly due to a sudden acceleration-deceleration force. Whiplash is usually the result of a rear impact collision while in a stationary position. The signs and symptoms of whiplash are often not apparent for hours or even days following an accident. As a result, whiplash is often ignored or mistreated due to lack of understanding of the condition. However, early treatment with an experienced chiropractor with range of motion and exercises lead to a more rapid recovery. When patients do not seek out effective treatment and care, whiplash can lead to chronic psychosocial symptoms including depression and anxiety.
How Are Whiplash and Other Injuries from Car Accidents Treated?
Dr. Slingsby and the team at Pacific Spine & Rehab perform thorough physical examinations of patients who have experienced automobile accidents to determine the location and extent of any injury. The ultimate goal is pain relief combined with a return to optimal levels of overall health and well-being. Dr. Slingsby works with each patient to implement individualized treatment plans to address each patient’s specific needs. There is no one size fits all approach.
How Long Will I Need Care After an Auto Accident?
Each patient presents different symptoms following an accident. The amount of treatment needed will depend on many factors including the location and extent of the injury, the patient’s personal healing ability, his or her ability to rest and recuperate, and more. Dr. Slingsby provides customized treatment plans for each patient depending on his or her specific circumstances.