If you're involved in a car accident this winter, you need to add chiropractic care to your treatment plan. Chiropractic care can help you in different ways than treatment you'll receive from the other members of your medical care team. Here are just three of the reasons you need to see a chiropractor after a motor vehicle accident injury.
1. Prevent Stiff Joints and Muscles
If you've been in a car accident—even a minor one—your joints and muscles are going to suffer long after the initial injuries. During an accident, your body tenses on impact. That means all your joints and muscles are going to tighten up. They may loosen up immediately after the accident, but over the course of the next few days, they'll tighten right back up again. Once they do tighten up, you're going to be in pain. You're also going to have a hard time moving around. Chiropractic care can help prevent those post-accident stiff muscles and joints by maintaining blood flow and circulation to the affected areas.
2. Reduce Your Need for Pain Medication
Since you're going to be in a lot of pain after your car accident, your doctor may prescribe pain medication for your injuries. Chiropractic care can help you reduce your need for pain medication after your accident. This is particularly true of those minor aches and pains you'll develop in the days following your accident. Furthermore, chiropractic care works with your pain medication to make it more effective. As a result, you'll receive better pain relief from the medication that you need to take.
3. Eliminate the Blues
It's not unusual to suffer from depression following a car accident. Worries about financial issues, vehicle loss, and personal injuries can all build up and leave you feeling more than just a little blue. Chiropractic care can help you eliminate the feelings of depression and anxiety you may experience while you're recovering from your car accident. Chiropractic care helps your body produce the feel-good hormones you need to overcome the blues you'll experience. It's important to note that if your depression becomes severe, you need to talk to your primary care physician right away.
If you're involved in a car accident this winter, be sure to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor near you. Chiropractic care can reduce the pain you experience, speed up your recovery time, and keep your joints and muscles loose.