Chiropractic Care after an Auto Accident

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

Your body’s response to this type of injury is to produce inflammation. 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


Your body’s inflammatory response also may cause a reduction in the range of motion of the impacted joint. If this happens it can impede 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 in order to promote healing.

Reduction of Scar Tissue


The inflammatory response your body has to an injury to the ligaments and muscles in your neck and spine is caused by the existence of micro-tears in the tissue. When these micro-tears heal they create scar tissue, a kind of “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. When your chiropractor performs an adjustment they 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 healing and recovery.


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!