There were over 800 car accidents in the Twin Cities metro area this week alone. Snow, sleet, and rain created icy conditions causing multiple car pileups, vehicles sliding into the ditch, and countless rear end accidents. After you have been assessed medically and it is determined you are ok, you may be confused about what to do next if you are still experiencing symptoms.
First, notify your auto accident carrier so they can open a claim for you. This will get the ball rolling in getting damages to your car repaired. Although most people focus on the damage to their car, the more important thing is the injuries you may have sustained. Be sure to also notify your auto insurance carrier of any symptoms you are experiencing.
Next, make an appointment to get your injuries assessed by a chiropractor. Medical doctors will assess for fractures, sprains/strains, and trauma. However, beyond pain medications, there isn’t a lot of treatment offered. Chiropractors can address the trauma to the ligaments, muscles, and soft tissues that may have occurred.
At Functional Health Unlimited, your appointment will range from 30-60 minutes based on the injuries that were sustained. This is because a variety of techniques are added to the chiropractic adjustment. These techniques are used to address the soft tissue injury, speed healing, and decrease your symptoms quickly. These include:
- – Graston technique
- – Massage
- – Cupping
- – Acupuncture
- – Dry needling
- – Ultrasound
- – Electric muscle stimulation
- – Therapeutic exercise
Finally, follow doctor’s orders regarding at home instructions and activity level. Depending on your injury, your doctor may recommend decreasing your work load and changing your exercise routine. Other at home recommendations include ice or heat and stretching.
Car accidents can lead to chronic injury. What you may think of as a sore neck or back could actually be a sprain or strain that won’t heal properly unless it is addressed. Read more about our soft tissue techniques here and schedule your appointment now.