Auto Accident Injury treatment provided at Zaker Chiropractic
No matter how careful you are or how skilled a driver you may be, you can never completely dismiss the possibility of getting into an auto accident. On a global scale, auto accidents account for an average of 3,827 deaths each day, with up to 50 million more cases of injury or disability occurring each year from these catastrophic events. A car crash can leave you suffering from all kinds of problems, from whiplash to low back pain, even if you don't notice these symptoms immediately afterward. But whether you're in acute pain or harboring a secret injury in Torrance, San Pedro or Newport Beach, Zaker Chiropractic can help.
You've Been in a Car Crash: What Should You Do?
If you're experiencing agonizing back, leg or neck pain following a car crash, you may feel compelled to seek out immediate medical evaluation -- and rightly so. While your body has remarkable self-repair capabilities, it cannot always repair an injury properly, especially if tissues are severely torn or joints have been pushed out of their normal positions. As a result, serious joint problems may linger indefinitely, while scar tissue builds up on damaged tissues in a way that "glues" them together (a condition known as adhesion). These problems can lead to chronic pain and stiffness, as well as neurological issues caused by chronically pinched nerves.
If you walk away from your car crash without any obvious injuries, you can count yourself lucky -- or can you? When people are involved in traumatic, frightening accidents, the body releases a torrent of adrenaline and other stress hormones. The ongoing shock from the incident can keep these hormones floating through your bloodstream for some time, suppressing pain signals and delaying other symptoms of damage. If you take this lack of pain as a signal that you're fine, you may allow the damage to worsen as you go about your daily life. When the symptoms finally do occur, you'll wish that you had sought evaluation and treatment earlier!
How an Auto Accident Can Damage Your Body
Even a low-speed car crash can convey high-impact damage to the body. Heavy objects such as vehicles can convey extremely strong momentum forces to the people and objects within them. A safety belt may keep you from flying into the dashboard or windshield, but that restraint is limited to your trunk. Your head is free to fly forward and backward -- which it does, at sufficiently high speeds to damage your neck vertebrae, discs, nerves, and soft tissues. This effect is known as whiplash.
Whiplash causes more than just neck pain; it can also create headaches, migraines, dizzy spells, hearing and vision changes, and cognitive problems. Other common injuries resulting from auto accidents include:
The Chiropractic Approach to Auto Accident Injury Treatment
Here at Zaker Chiropractic, Dr. Misa Zaker and Dr. Jong H. Kim can provide natural, non-surgical auto accident injury treatment. The first step always involves a thorough physical examination to catch any alignment changes that may cause trouble, either now or in the future. We evaluate your symptoms, baseline health, medical history, and other factors to determine the safest, most effective course of treatment for your injuries. Your holistic auto accident recovery plan may include:
Chiropractic adjustment to restore your natural vertebral alignment and function
Decompression therapy to take pressure away from the sciatic or cervical nerve roots
Massage therapy to accelerate soft tissue healing and relieve pain
Physical therapy to help your tissue regain their strength and flexibility (while avoiding the development of adhesions)
We use these and other treatment methods to create an individualized program that suits your unique body's specific needs.
Get the Help You Need at Zaker Chiropractic
Taking care of an acute or incipient auto accident now could save you months or even years of chronic disability down the road. Don't assume that everything is okay or that your injuries will magically reverse themselves. Call Zaker Chiropractic at our Torrance, San Pedro, or Newport office to schedule an evaluation and get whatever help your body many need. We're happy to serve as your musculoskeletal "body shop" for those car crash repairs!
For more answers about how we can help you relieve pain without drugs or surgery, make an appointment with Zaker Chiropractic. Our chiropractors provide a wide variety of services to diagnose and treat your condition. Zaker Chiropractic has several locations to serve you. Call (949) 734-4454 for an appointment in Newport Pain & Wellness in Newport Beach, (424) 235-1562 for South Bay Pain & Wellness in Torrance, or (310) 831-0003 for an appointment with San Pedro Pain & Wellness in San Pedro. Each clinic offers a multidisciplinary list of services.
New patients get a FREE 30-minute Massage/Pilates or Strength Training!