Car Accidents and Chiropractic

Having Auto Accident Complications or Whiplash?

When you think of a car accident and auto related injuries, do you think of chiropractic? You should.

Modern chiropractic helps typical auto injuries heal faster and with less discomfort, as well as helping patients avoid drug therapy and the specter of addiction to pain medication.

In our practice, with offices in Murrysville and North Huntingdon, PA, we see more lower back pain from car injuries than whiplash. Though a life-saving device, seatbelts can put the body in a situation of enduring shearing forces across the lower back, possibly resulting in severe pain after an accident.

Chiropractic Benefits for Auto Injuries

Chiropractic treatment not only addresses issues of spinal misalignment that may develop in an accident, but the chiropractic manipulation aids your body in releasing anti-inflammatory hormones like epinephrine and norepinephrine, reducing inflammation.

Chiropractic treatment works to restore motion in afflicted areas and to assure that your spine is in shape to help the body speed its natural healing processes, including the prevention of muscle scar tissue from the micro-tears that occur during a collision.

Treating the suffering caused by whiplash is a natural for chiropractic, including the associated neck pain, blurred vision, shoulder pain, headaches, dizziness, and other symptoms.

Auto injuries can occur at speeds as low as 2-3 miles an hour and need not happen in a high-speed accident. It all depends on how the forces of the impact were transmitted to the body.

Imagine a minor accident where the driver side door is impacted, while the driver’s left knee is resting against the interior of the door. Even at low speed, damaging forces would be directly transmitted to the driver’s knee joint. Just like a game of billiards, it’s all about angles, spin, and exactly how those forces travel through the car, and through you!

At Revive Chiropractic & Rehab, we treat a variety of injuries related to auto accidents, including Low Back Pain, Whiplash, Headaches, Shoulder Pain, and Knee Pain.

Typical Auto Injuries in Pittsburgh

There are typical auto injuries, and there are typical Pittsburgh auto injuries. Over the last decade, one of the most common accidents we see are incurred by people yielding on the Parkway. They find they need to stop before merging with traffic on the highway. The next car enters the onramp from a sharp bend. That driver is looking back to judge oncoming traffic and fails to see the stopped car in front of them. A rear-end collision occurs.

The next most common accident takes place at intersections with left-turn arrows. The lights for straight ahead turn green, but the left arrow remains red. Traffic coming from behind may not see the red arrow preventing the left turn; they only see the green light above it and fail to slow or stop before hitting the car waiting to make a left.

Together, these two scenarios may account for 80% of the car injuries we see in the Murrysville and North Huntingdon offices of Revive Chiropractic and Rehab.

This experience has prepared us over the years to deliver the most effective chiropractic treatments for the types of minor back injuries, muscle injuries, ligament problems, and disc damage that commonly occurs in accidents on Pittsburgh’s highways.

Call us today at either 724-382-5576 (North Huntingdon Office) or 724-387-8215 (Murrysville Office).  Visit our Contact Us page today.

Auto Injury February 6, 2015