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Car Accident and Chiropractic Care

Posted by Harlene Labrum | Oct 03, 2022


Car Accident and Chiropractic Care

The impact of even a relatively minor car accident can leave you facing considerable pain and injuries, and the path forward toward healing is likely to be long and arduous. Many people who have been injured in car accidents obtain considerable relief from chiropractic care (often in tandem with other medical treatments). If you have been injured by another driver's negligence and have questions or concerns related to your car accident and chiropractic care, turn to an experienced Tennessee car accident attorney at Labrum Law (615-338-9500) for the professional legal counsel you need.

Traditional Medicine vs. Chiropractic Care

If you have a broken bone, a traumatic brain injury (as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), or a spinal cord injury, you will look to traditional medicine, which has protocols in place to help you heal, for the bulk of your medical care. If, however, any of the following apply, traditional medicine is less well prepared to offer the help you are looking for, and chiropractic care may be a much better fit:

  • You experience long-lasting pain
  • You suffer a soft tissue injury such as whiplash (as defined by the Mayo Clinic)
  • You sustain another kind of musculoskeletal injury

In other instances, a blending of traditional medicine and chiropractic care is the best course of action. Ultimately, your injuries will be unique to you and your accident, and chiropractic care may be able to provide the relief you are looking for.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

After being injured in a car accident, you may be surprised to leave your doctor's office with considerable pain and little more than a fistful of prescriptions for pain medications. The side effects of pain medications are so dire that your thoughts may focus on a more holistic approach to pain management, and if so, you are on the right track. Chiropractic care has a good deal to offer car accident victims like you, and the dedicated car accident attorneys at Labrum Law in Nashville have the experience, keen insight, and drive to help ensure that your car accident claim addresses all your covered losses, including medical expenses related to your car accident and chiropractic care.

Reduction in Inflammation

The injuries that are commonly associated with car accidents often lead to inflammation and to tiny microtears within your muscles and ligaments. While this physical effect may not show up on X-rays, they can, nevertheless, cause considerable pain. The spinal adjustments offered by chiropractors help realign your spine, which can lead to natural anti-inflammation properties that help heal those microtears. Back pain that is caused by inflammation tends to present in unique ways that differ from what is known as mechanical back pain (such as the pain caused by a slipped disc). Excess inflammation in the spine often translates as achy stiffness that increases with extended periods of inactivity (waking up with considerable pain, for example). 

Pain Management

The spinal adjustments you receive from a chiropractor post-accident can help you manage the overall pain you experience as a result of that accident. Professional spinal manipulations can initiate the release of natural pain-relieving hormones that provide considerable pain relief and pain management. The fact that this can also help you reduce or eliminate your need for highly addictive pain medications provides an additional layer of benefit. Pain medications have very few therapeutic applications other than masking the pain you experience, while chiropractic care can aid your recovery as it provides effective pain relief.

Reduction in Scar Tissue

When your muscles, tendons, and/or ligaments are damaged in a car accident, which is common, it is natural for scar tissue to form as you heal. This healing process is important but, depending upon how much scar tissue it leaves and where it is located, it can exacerbate your pain and stiffness and can contribute to chronic pain and long-term losses in range of motion. If your healing process leads to scar tissue that interferes with other aspects of your recovery, a chiropractor's direct care can help reduce the scar tissue so your recovery can be more complete.  

Restored Range of Motion

One of the most common complaints people who suffer soft tissue injuries like whiplash have is the severe loss in range of motion they experience, and chiropractic care effectively responds to this concern. Such losses are often caused by spine misalignments, scar tissue in the spine, inflammation, or some combination of these three, and the spinal manipulations provided by chiropractic care can help with each.

The Overarching Benefits of Chiropractic Care

A chiropractor can provide a wide range of general benefits that should not be discounted, including:

  • Chiropractic care can help stop a minor musculoskeletal injury from blossoming into something far more serious.
  • Chiropractic care provides noninvasive treatment that requires no downtime or lengthy healing process (related to the treatment itself, which is common to traditional medical practices).
  • Chiropractic care offers a holistic approach that views you as a whole person – rather than the sum of your injuries and required treatments.
  • Chiropractic care can offer long-lasting relief that is difficult to achieve with powerful pain medications.

Whether the car accident in question was relatively minor, very serious, or somewhere in between, chiropractic care can prove beneficial if you suffered a musculoskeletal injury and/or are experiencing pain that you would prefer to treat (rather than mask with harsh medications). The long-term benefits of chiropractic care after a car accident are well established and can offer you considerable relief.

Discuss Your Concerns with an Experienced Tennessee Car Accident Attorney Today

If another driver causes you to be injured in a car accident, there is a very real chance that you will experience the kind of injury that helps link car accidents and chiropractic care. Chiropractic care offers an alternative to the dangerous pain medications and invasive treatments of traditional medicine and also works well in tandem with traditional medicine – helping to provide you with holistic healing. The trusted Tennessee car accident attorneys at Labrum Law understand your related legal concerns and are well positioned to help. To learn more, contact or call us at 615-338-9500 today.

About the Author

Harlene Labrum

Harlene is focused and passionate about helping those injured in car wrecks.  She earned her J.D. at Nashville School of Law and her Bachelor's degree at State University of New York at Albany, awarded with the highest GPA and high honors.  Harlene began her career in law as a personal injury par...

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