No matter how carefully you drive, wintry weather problems such as black ice can easily lead to a car accident. Spinal injuries from a car accident may not be apparent right away. You might not notice back or neck pain until a few hours or days after the accident. If you do experience symptoms, seek help from a back specialist right away to prevent the problem from worsening. A back specialist can diagnose the source of your pain and recommend a customized course of treatment that may include the following therapies.
Spinal Manipulative Therapy
Chiropractic care, also known as spinal manipulative therapy, is an effective approach to treating back pain and neck pain. The chiropractor may request an X-ray to determine if any of your vertebrae are out of alignment, which commonly occurs with car accidents. Additionally, the chiropractor can determine if you sustained soft tissue injuries, such as damage to your ligaments, muscles, and intervertebral discs. Then, the chiropractor can perform treatments, such as manipulating the spinal joints back into their proper position. You can enjoy relief of pain, greater mobility, and a reduced risk of chronic pain development.
Soft tissue injuries are common after a car accident. Your medical care team may recommend physical therapy, which can promote healing and restore strength to your muscles. Physical therapy can also offer pain relief. If you require any surgical procedures following your car accident, working with a physical therapist can accelerate your recovery.
There are a number of therapeutic injections that a back specialist may recommend after a car accident. If you experience neck pain or low back pain, facet joint injections may help you. These injections involve anesthetics and steroid drugs injected into the small joints of the spine. If the car accident caused scar tissue development or nerve compression, an epidural spinal injection may be right for you.
If you have been injured in a car accident, the back specialists of SpineOne are here to help with treatments such as physical therapy, injections, and chiropractic care. Our medical practice is conveniently located in the Denver area. Please call us at (888) 721-0459 to arrange a consultation.