August 25, 2023
In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, you have a lot to do. You need to call the insurance companies to start claims, you need to call the police to report the accident, you need to arrange for a rental car or a friend to pick you up, and you have to worry about repairs to your vehicle. There’s a lot on your mind during this time, but you can’t forget seeking chiropractic care.
Is it really the right time to go to the chiropractor? Absolutely! This time may be a little hectic, but now is when you should make time for this visit, which begs the question: when should you go to the chiropractor? Keep reading to learn under which circumstances these visits are essential.(more…)
July 24, 2023
When you fall off the ladder doing yard work, you are slow to get up. You quickly realize that nothing is broken or bleeding, but you know you’re not 100 percent. You are thinking about calling a chiropractor, but is it too soon to contact them? Could getting a head start be a good thing? Do you have to be in pain to start treatment? Read on to get the answers to these questions!(more…)
June 23, 2023
It happened in a split second but has stressful and painful effects that stick around for a while. Your car accident seemed to come out of nowhere, but now you’re dealing with the aftermath. In addition to working with insurance companies to repair the damage to your vehicle, you start to feel pain in your neck and upper back. In this situation, you need to see a chiropractor so you can enjoy these key benefits as you recover from the accident.(more…)
May 22, 2023
When you see your primary physician, you tell them about back pain that you’ve experienced more frequently lately. However, when you reach a certain age, your doctor doesn’t seem nearly as concerned about the issue. As you get older, you expect to have more aches, but should you just accept your back pain as “normal” or seek chiropractic help? How can you tell whether back pain has actually taken over your life? Look out for these telltale signs.(more…)
April 25, 2023
When you tried to lift that heavy box, you felt your back go out instantly. You’ve just injured yourself! The first things on your mind are relieving your excruciating pain and how you’re going to be able to move without aggravating your injury. After all, who has time to heal from an injury?
The time after getting hurt is important to focus on getting better and dealing with your injury properly. If you want to have a smoother, better recovery, you need to start rehabilitation with a trusted chiropractor from the start. Why? Here are three good reasons!(more…)
March 24, 2023
One second, traffic is flowing along just fine. The next, the car in front of you slams on their brakes, giving you mere fractions of a second to respond. Although you do your best to avoid it, you crash into it, and so does the car behind you. While you don’t seem to have broken any bones, you know you’re not perfectly okay. Like the others involved in your accident, you have back pain, but understanding how and where your back may be injured can help you know what next steps to take in order to heal.(more…)
February 27, 2023
It happened so fast. The other car hit yours from behind, causing your head to whip backward and then forward. As your friend gives you a ride home from your accident, they strongly recommend going to a chiropractor afterward—even if you aren’t feeling a lot of pain—just in case you get a herniated disc in your spine. What is a herniated disc, and how can whiplash give you one? How can visiting with a chiropractor help you recover more quickly? Keep reading to learn more!(more…)
December 28, 2022
You’ve probably seen lasers in science fiction or secret agent films, severing materials or destroying objects. Scientists and medical professionals have now made lasers more practical in surgeries, but did you know that lasers can be used for more than just cutting things? Laser therapy can actually help your body heal and lower your pain after a knee injury. Learn how you can reduce your chiropractor can address your knee pain with cold laser therapy.(more…)
October 27, 2022
Every day you deal with some amount of back pain. This cannot only limit your productivity, but it can also impact your quality of life. Although surgery may be a viable option, you want to avoid having to undergo invasive procedures as much as possible. Fortunately, there are alternatives that you can and should explore. Here are just five of these other options that can treat chronic back pain without surgery.(more…)
September 26, 2022
Immediately after the collision, your back feels a little painful, but the next day, it’s unbearable. When loved ones ask what kind of back pain it is, you’re not sure—you just know it hurts! But understanding the kind of pain you’re experiencing following a car accident can help you know what to do next.
Following a car wreck, two common types of back pain consist of injuries related to the muscles being strained or torn or to a disc slipping out of place. How do you know which one you have? What should you do in both cases? Keep reading to find out!
What Muscle Pain Feels Like
When you work out, tiny fibers in your muscles slightly break down, which causes soreness. This sensation occurs because your body is healing itself and becoming stronger. However, if you push your muscles too hard or don’t stretch before a workout, these fibers can actually be pulled or even tear, causing a more serious injury.
In a car accident, you obviously aren’t exercising, but it is possible for your muscles to work hard or tear to stabilize your head and spine. A clear sign that your injury is muscle related is that you feel similarly to how you feel a day after you exercise rigorously, although it could be a little more intense. Depending on the severity of the injury, you should start to recover a few days after the pain sets in. If it doesn’t show improvement by then, it’s definitely time to see a chiropractor.
What Disc Pain Feels Like
A disc is a small circular pad that cushions the spinal column. You have many discs that protect your vertebrae and spinal nerve from touching; however, when a disc is slipped out of place—say from a car accident—it can touch the nerve, sending a tingly, painful, or even numbing sensation in your back and appendages. If you have a restricted range of motion and struggle with sharp pains near your spine, it could be disc related, in which case your first move should be calling a chiropractor for an appointment.
Why You Should See a Chiropractor Right Away
Did you know that you don’t have to wait until you’re in excruciating back pain (whether muscle or disc related) to seek professional help? In fact, it’s better to start treatment early after a car accident, even if you aren’t necessarily in pain, because the sooner you address the issue, the sooner it can heal and the sooner you can get relief from pain.
In the end, regardless of the type of pain, the best professional who can help you recover from these injuries is a chiropractor. Don’t simply accept pain and try to carry on as usual. Pay attention to your pain and allow yourself to heal through working with someone who knows how to facilitate the process.
About the Author
Dr. Zinovy Chukhman, who prefers to be called Dr. Z, has worked in rehabilitation for more than 20 years. He is certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and uses many types of treatment protocols, including the Gostead and Graston techniques. If you were in a car accident, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Z at AlignRight Injury & Rehab online or call our practice at 972-907-2800.