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Car Accident

Brad Farra - Tuesday, November 03, 2009


I occasionally get a question asking me about how Chiropractic can help after you have been in a car accident:

Chiropractic can help in many ways. Initially the goal of treatment will be to reduce pain and swelling. After the acute phase of healing has passed, the main goal is to get the body moving properly with Chiropractic adjusting (also called manipulation), soft tissue therapies (massage), and rehabilitation. Chiropractic manipulation enables the joints and muscles to move in the correct manner. After a car accident, or any other trauma in which your body is jerked around, soft tissues including muscles, ligaments, tendons, and even joint capsules are injured. The body repairs these soft tissues with scar tissue, which can restrict joint movement and even cause pain. One goal of treatment after this type of injury is to rehabilitate the joints and soft tissues surrounding the joints. Over time, untreated muscle spasms or contracture/tightening of soft tissues can lead to abnormal joint motion and osteoarthritis or degenerative changes in the spine (which is irreversible). I have treated many car accident victims and even snowboarders and skiers with the same types of injuries. Chiropractic care has a lot to offer when it comes to getting you better from these types of injuries.

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