Car Accident Chiropractor in Watertown
Many people will seek out chiropractic care in Watertown after having an auto injury. A common auto injury, whiplash, occurs when the head and neck are whipped from back to front, similar to how a whip is cracked. The majority of car accidents are rear-end collisions with whiplash being a common result. Whiplash can also occur from other kinds of trauma, accidents, abuse, and falls.
Many people in Watertown who have been involved in an accident don't even realize they have received a whiplash injury until weeks or months later when the problem becomes persistent and leads to other issues. If your neck has been injured in an accident or other incident, this article will you to understand if you have a whiplash injury and how chiropractic care can help you to treat it.
Whiplash and Auto Accidents
Trauma that your body endures during an accident is likened to if you were running that same speed and then came to a sudden stop (like hitting a wall). So imagine if you were running 15 mph and then hit your body against the wall. This would cause major trauma to your entire body. Since you are buckled into a car, your body does not take much impact but your neck does.
When your neck is "whipped" back in forth in an auto accident it can cause your ligaments and muscles to overstretch and possibly tear. These small tears (microtears) heal with what's called scar tissue. When the scar tissue forms, your muscles and ligaments are shorter and usually produce pain. The pain you may experience may include the following: headaches (especially behind the eyes); neck pain and tension; jaw pain (TMJ syndrome); shoulder pain; and mid-back pain.
"In the Woodward study, 93% of the 28 patients studied retrospectively were found to have a statistically significant improvement following chiropractic care.1 Chiropractic care in this study consisted of spinal manipulation, PNF and cryotherapy. Most of the 28 patients had prior treatment with NSAIDs, soft collars and physiotherapy. The average length of time before the patients began chiropractic care was 15.5 months post-MVA (range of 3-44 months).
This study clearly documented what most DCs experience in clinical practice: that chiropractic care is an effective modality for patients injured in a motor vehicle accident. Symptoms ranging from headaches to neck pain, back pain, interscapular pain and related extremity pain with parasthesias all respond to quality chiropractic care." http://www.chiroweb.com/archives/17/24/03.html
Treatment of your whiplash injury is critical. You need to find a chiropractor who cannot only adjust the areas of the spine that become restricted, but you need someone who specializes in soft tissue treatment to remove the scar tissue. Dr. Dingsor has been trained in two excellent soft tissue techniques (Active Release Technique and SASTM) that have been proven to reduce the scar tissue and your pain.
After your pain has been reduced and your joints are demonstrating good mobility, Dr. Dingsor prescribes specific rehab to help strengthen the damaged regions of your neck, mid-back, and shoulder.