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If you are the victim of an auto accident, it's natural to want to put the trauma behind you and move on as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, for many auto accident victims from Murfreesboro, Walterhill, Blackman, Almaville, Rockvale, Lascassas, Christiana, Kittrell, and Smyrna, TN, back pain, neck pain and headaches are a constant reminder. For some victims, this chronic pain can last for months - and even years - after the crash. At Rutherford Clinic of Chiropractic, our chiropractor, Dr. Wesley Stewart, has helped hundreds of patients safely recover from accident injuries without depending on prescription medications or risky, invasive surgery. And we can help you, too!
Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries. Even if you are only in a "minor" fender bender, the force of being hit from behind can whip your neck forwards and backwards, beyond its normal range of motion. This strains soft tissues and muscles in the neck and knocks the cervical spine out of alignment. Whiplash victims suffer from neck pain, headaches, migraines, and difficulty concentrating. Unfortunately, traditional medical care focuses on the symptoms of whiplash - the pain and headaches - rather than the actual cause of these problems. While prescription painkillers can temporarily relieve neck pain, medication alone cannot restore alignment to the cervical spine.
Our chiropractor uses gentle, hands-on chiropractic adjustments and spinal decompression therapy to bring alignment back to the spine. Complementary treatments like corrective exercises can also help strengthen muscles and connective tissues. Depending on the severity of your whiplash injury, Dr. Stewart may recommend specific rehabilitation exercises and stretches to help your neck stay in balance.
Many car accident victims from Murfreesboro, Walterhill, Blackman, Almaville, Rockvale, Lascassas, Christiana, Kittrell, and Smyrna, TN also suffer from a herniated disc in the lower back. While the seatbelt in the car is an important safety restraint, it also restricts your mobility during an accident. When the crash occurs, if your pelvic muscles can move in response to the impact due to your seatbelt, the force of impact may cause a herniated or slipped disc in the lower back. This injury can be especially painful if the disc compresses nearby nerves, like the sciatic nerve. When the sciatic nerve is compressed, patients experience a shooting sensation or numbness in the legs, buttocks and lower back, a condition known as sciatica.
Spinal decompression therapy is a safe and effective treatment for restoring alignment to your spine and easing pressure on nerves. This treatment works by creating a vacuum that naturally forces a herniated disc back into proper alignment. By correcting the underlying cause of your pain, decompression treatments allow accident victims to lead active lives, without worrying about whether a sudden case of back pain or sciatica will strike.
An auto accident injury is one of the most traumatic injuries that can happen to your musculoskeletal system. Even if you walk away from a crash with just a few bruises, you may have sustained serious internal damage. Dr. Stewart urges all Murfreesboro crash victims to seek an immediate diagnostic evaluation from a chiropractor. By promptly determining the extent of your injuries, we can create a customized treatment program for a speedy recovery - and help you avoid a lifetime of chronic back pain and neck pain.
If you have been involved in a car accident, call us at (615) 217-0097 today.
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