We see many people that are victims of car accidents and all too often they do not know the first steps to follow after a car wreck. This short blog post can give you the information needed to save you from unnecessary pain.
1- If you are in immediate pain after an accident, seek help at the emergency room. Sometimes neck pain, back pain or other car crash related symptoms manifest immediately afterwards. It could be whiplash, inflammation, herniated disc or even broken bones. It’s best to rule out the worst first. It is very common for the accident related pain to begin up to several days after the wreck.
2- Use ice! Ice is used to decrease swelling and inflammation. The force of two colliding vehicles creates a lot of pressure and stress on the joints, ligaments, discs and muscles. Ice is usually the first step. Many confuse this and use heat. Heat can make the inflammation worse in the initial critical stage.
3- Rest and Water. Your body is trying to heal from the side effects of a motor vehicle accident and you need to give it every opportunity to heal. Extra sleep will help with the repair process. Hydrating with lots of water is important too.
4- Get checked by a Chiropractor near you. Chiropractors are the experts of the musculoskeletal system and the connective tissues. They can detect problems in the joints of the spine, shoulders, hips and more. They can evaluate the health of the discs, tendons, ligaments, muscles and bones. They are qualified to perform or refer for imaging such as x-rays and MRIs or to medical specialties if needed. Chiropractors can evaluate and treat car accident related concussions. You might be dealing with a concussion if you are experiencing nausea, visual disturbance, heavy headedness, difficulty concentrating or focusing, difficulty reading, dizziness, trouble sleeping, etc. These are some of the symptoms that need to be addressed and watched.
Browning Family Chiropractic & Wellness is certified in personal injury for the treatment of patients in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, 18 wheeler accidents and more. We have years of experience treating all different injuries from car wrecks and others. If you are near the Kyle, Buda and San Marcos TX area and need help, call us at 512-405-0400 or click on the link: chiropractor near me
Dr. Ryan Browning, D.C.