No matter how minor, auto accidents can cause damage to your neck and spine that – if left untreated – can impact your health and wellness for years. Here are just a few of the reasons why it’s very important to see a chiropractor after an automobile accident.

Inflammation Reduction

When you’re in a car accident, the muscles and ligaments that support your neck and spine can be stretched or even torn. X-rays and MRIs will not be able to detect these injuries, and if these injuries are left untreated they can cause severe inflammation and pain. You may not feel these injuries right away. It can take hours or even days before you feel the full extent of the damage.

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to these types of injuries. Some inflammation helps to encourage healing, but too much can make the injury worse. Chiropractic care has been shown to reduce inflammation in injuries such as this.

Restore Motion

Range of motion of the impacted joint can also be limited during inflammation. If this happens it can interrupt the healing process since the ligaments and muscles won’t get the blood supply and nutrients they need to heal.

One of the goals of chiropractic treatment for injuries caused by auto accidents is to mobilize the joints in your spine. This helps to increase blood flow and get important nutrients to the area to promote healing.

Reduction of Scar Tissue

When ligaments are torn or stretched too far, the body’s response is to create scar tissue. Scar tissue is a kind “patch” over the damaged tissue. If scar tissue forms on a large muscle in your neck or back, it can make it difficult to stretch those muscles out. If they aren’t stretched out properly, it can lead to problems with mobility down the road. A chiropractic adjustment will focus on these areas to help break up scar tissue through stretching, and that will help with the healing process as well as your mobility after you’re healed.

No matter how minor you feel the accident you are involved in is, it’s very important to see a chiropractor as soon as you can in order to ensure you're on the right road to recovery.

If you have been in an auto accident, please call Augustine Chiropractic Wesley Chapel at 813-994-6008.

Dr. Brian Augustine of Augustine Chiropractic in Wesley Chapel, FL, has over 31 years of experience treating patients for their neck pain and other ailments through personalized chiropractic care treatments. The locally owned and operated chiropractic clinic offers both in-office treatments and at-home therapy regimens to help people recover and heal from auto injuries and other conditions. The staff is dedicated to providing alternative and therapeutic solutions for better overall health. Give them a call today at (813) 994-6008 to schedule an appointment or visit their website to learn more about their services!