Auto Injury Treatment from your Highland Park Chiropractors
At Back & Body Health Center, Dr. Tom McNulty in Highland Park is committed to helping you lead a healthier life. We offer a wide range of services in our office, including diagnosis, management, and treatment of any number of auto accident injuries. If you have recently been in a car accident, we encourage you to schedule an evaluation with our experienced and skilled chiropractic team.
Common Auto Accident Injuries
Even if you don't notice any symptoms of an injury immediately following your accident, there is a good chance symptoms could develop within the next 12-48 hours. This is especially true in spinal injuries, as these often result in damage to the ligaments, muscles, and tendons supporting the spine itself. Because of the adrenaline that you experience when you get into an auto accident and the fact that these injuries usually don't show symptoms until later (when soreness and stiffness occurs), it is not uncommon for people who have been involved in auto accidents to assume they're uninjured at first.
Whiplash is a classic example of a very common auto accident injury with symptoms that don't usually develop until at least 12 hours after the initial impact. This condition occurs when the upper (cervical) spine is force forward and the ligaments, tendons, and other supporting structures around the spine become damaged. Pain, soreness, and neck stiffness are among the most common symptoms.
In addition to whiplash, many people who have been involved in auto accidents may also suffer from herniated or bulging discs between the vertebrae. These occur at the time of impact and can result in sharp, shooting pain in localized areas along the spine.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
The good news is that if you're experiencing back pain or neck stiffness as a result of an auto accident, chiropractic care can help you find relief. Furthermore, chiropractic care is completely non-invasive and drug-free, so there are much fewer risks involved with this holistic treatment. Furthermore, chiropractic techniques focus on treating your pain at its source, rather than masking it with prescription painkillers.
We'll begin with an evaluation and consultation in our office, where you'll get the chance to speak with our chiropractor about your symptoms and your accident. From there, we can perform a physical evaluation and conduct any necessary diagnostics (such as X-rays) to confirm your diagnosis. We will then work on developing a customized treatment plan with your needs and lifestyle in mind.
For whiplash treatment, for example, we often recommend a combination of spinal adjustment (to correct alignment issues resulting from your accident) and massage therapy (to relieve pain and promote faster healing). For back pain treatment caused by a herniated or bulging disc, on the other hand, we may recommend treatments such as spinal adjustment and spinal traction, which aim to decompress the spine and allow the discs to return to their proper positions along the spinal column.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Chiropractors Today
If you've recently been in an auto accident and want to find out more about our back pain treatment or whiplash treatment options, be sure to contact our office at Back & Body Health Center today. We proudly serve the Highland Park & North shore of Chicago areas. You can reach us at 847.831.5252..