Three ways to know you need a chiropractor after a car accident
Generally, there are three kinds of accidents: mild fender-benders, moderate accidents where the patient will have whiplash from side to side or front to back, and severe accidents where a patient may suffer broken bones, cuts, bruises, bleeding or concussion.
Although it seems harmless and apparently poses no major issues to the body, I can tell you from experience, after seeing countless numbers of patients in my practice here in Porter Ranch, CA, who fail to exchange information and let the matter go, that days or weeks later, they experience back or neck pain. They cannot believe that a seemingly insignificant accident could cause all that trouble. Even in cases when no accident actually occurred, such as slamming on the breaks or sudden turns, I have seen patients in my office with neck pain caused by these sudden, extreme maneuvers. Even if you are in a mild fender-bender, it is a good idea to get checked by a chiropractor.
Injuries like whiplash are caused by moderate accidents, but a patient may have no broken bones, bleeding or bruising. This type of accident can also be deceiving because after the shock of an accident, the body produces two hormones which act as natural pain-killers - endorphin and enkephalin. Some people, although they have been in severe accidents, feel no pain until hours or days later. In these cases, it is extremely important that the person see a chiropractor. If the person goes to the hospital, the medical staff might prescribe pain medication to ease the pain, but a chiropractor will check for soft tissue injuries and vertebral misalignments which pain killers cannot fix.
In the case of severe accidents, which have caused the victims concussions, bruises, bleeding or broken bones, a person must be taken directly to the emergency room for evaluation of neurological damage or vascular damage, which could be life-threatening, especially in the case of rib fracture, which could puncture the lungs. But in this case, after the patient is out of immediate danger, a person needs to go to a chiropractor to further assess, evaluate and treat vertebral misalignments and musculoskeletal issues that most hospitals are not equipped to treat.
If you have been in a car accident, visit your local chiropractor as soon as you are physically able to be assessed and treated.