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If you have recently been in an auto accident, you may be wondering how chiropractic care can help manage your pain or support your body’s natural healing process. Below, our chiropractor in Rutherford answers five of your most frequently asked questions:
How does chiropractic care help manage pain after an auto accident injury?
There are two types of pain that are common after an auto accident injury: acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain may be due to muscle soreness or stiffness and can typically go away on its own after just a few days. Chronic pain, however, will not simply “get better” on its own. Chronic pain is caused by a misalignment of the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic care helps to restore proper alignment to the spine, reducing pressure on the nerves and relieving pain.
If I went to the hospital following my car accident, do I still need to see my chiropractor in Rutherford?
Yes, even if you received treatment at the hospital, you can still benefit from a full diagnostic exam. Hospitals provide urgent care that treats the symptoms of car accident injuries. For example, if you are suffering from a sore neck, a hospital may place your neck in a protective brace and prescribe painkillers to alleviate this pain. However, this is not a long-term solution for managing pain or supporting your body’s natural healing process after an injury. Our chiropractor in Rutherford is trained to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries, such as whiplash.
Can I suffer a whiplash injury if I was only in a minor fender bender?
Whiplash injuries can occur at speeds as slow as 5mph. You don’t need to be in a major accident to sustain serious damage to the musculoskeletal system, including your cervical spine. The force of a rear-impact fender bender can still knock the cervical spine out of alignment, placing pressure on the nerves and triggering chronic pain.
Is a chiropractor qualified to treat my auto accident injury?
Yes. Our chiropractor in Rutherford, Dr. Wesley Stewart, has received special training in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Stewart has substantial experience treating patients after an auto accident injury. He understands how musculoskeletal injuries can affect the body, as well as the best ways to treat these injuries and safely manage pain.
Should I receive other treatments beside chiropractic care?
In addition to chiropractic care, our chiropractor in Rutherford may also recommend complementary therapies, such as physical therapy, to treat whiplash and other auto accident injuries. Dr. Stewart creates custom treatment programs to help bring alignment back to the spine, relieve pain, and support the body’s natural healing process.
After an auto accident injury, do I need a lawyer?
If you are the victim of an auto accident injury, a personal injury attorney can help ensure you receive full compensation for your injuries. If you do not have a lawyer, our chiropractor in Rutherford can recommend reputable personal injury attorneys to represent you, as needed.
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