Millions of people are injured in car crashes each year in the United States, resulting in long-term symptoms and disabilities. In fact, research shows that a significant number of people injured in auto accidents experience pain from the crash even 1o to 15 years later!

Chiropractic is one of the best ways to treat and heal auto accident injuries because it works to restore the normal function of the spine, helping tissues to heal properly. If you’ve recently been in a car accident, contact us today for treatment. The sooner you are seen after an accident, the better!

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Here are 5 reasons why chiropractic is the best treatment for auto accident injuries:

1. Reduces Inflammation: During a car accident, the ligaments and muscles that make up your spine can be stretched or even microscopically torn. This tissue damage causes the area to become inflamed. Unfortunately, an auto injury patient doesn’t typically feel much discomfort immediately following the crash — it typically sets in the next morning with a stiff and painful neck caused by inflammation. A 2010 study found that chiropractic adjustments help the body release anti-inflammatory Interleukin 6, a substance created by your body to hep heal acute injuries. We urge all of our patients to get adjusted within 24 hours of an auto accident so we can help prevent some of this pain and inflammation!

2. Restores Motion: Inflammation causes tissues to become immobile, slowing down the healing process. During chiropractic adjustments, the joints of your spine are mobilized, increasing blood flow and providing healing nutrients to the injured area so that inflammation goes away and motion is restored.

3. Reduces Pain: In 2013, a study found that 94% of patients experienced neck pain relief with chiropractic care. Furthermore, a study done in 2014 reported that people who received chiropractic adjustments had increased levels of pain-reducing hormones in their bloodstream.

4: Relieves Stress: A car crash is an incredibly stressful event — especially if you’re injured during the collision. A 2011 study used PET scans to study the brains of people who received chiropractic adjustments for neck pain following car crashes. The study revealed that patients had lower levels of cortisol (indicating reduced stress), lower pain scores, and better quality of life after treatment than those who did not go to the chiropractor.

5: Prevents Chronic Pain: Research shows that auto injury patients who got treatment soon after their accident recovered faster and had fewer lasting symptoms from the crash. Chiropractic adjustments restore function and alignment to the joints in your spine, preventing chronic pain.

If you’ve recently been in a car accident, please give us a call today. We can help restore your spine to its proper alignment and reduce your pain! Remember, the sooner you see a chiropractor after an accident, the better.