Treatment Options for Neck Pain following a Car Wreck
Are you currently suffering from Neck Pain and looking for relief?
Our experienced chiropractic doctors at Arrowhead Clinics are licensed and certified doctors who specialize in alleviating pain throughout the body with gentle, noninvasive chiropractic treatment techniques.
We have several clinic locations throughout the states of Georgia and South Carolina that treat patients dealing with neck pain after a car accident.
When you come to one of our clinics, the chiropractor evaluates the spine as a whole because other regions may be affected as well.
Before deciding which approach to try for your pain, our chiropractor will conduct a thorough examination to diagnose the specific cause of your neck pain symptoms.
The doctor will determine what areas of the neck are restricting movement, and will look at how you walk as well as your overall posture and spinal alignment.
Doing these things can help us understand your body’s mechanics, as well as your neck pain recovery needs.
In addition to the physical exam, we’ll also go through your past medical history, and we may order imaging tests, such as an x-ray or MRI, to help us diagnose the exact cause of your pain.
All these steps will help us create a treatment plan that is customized to your neck pain condition.
Why Do Chiropractors Use X-rays?
A chiropractor will utilize an x-ray to get a better look at a patient's injuries and condition.
X-rays determine the frequency and intensity of care needed for the patient to make a full recovery.
At closer examination of the x-ray scans, your chiropractor will be able to pinpoint the exact location of spinal subluxation as well as any bone spurs, fractures, or cancerous spots that could become worse during an adjustment.
How Do Chiropractors Help Your Neck Pain?
Sleeping on your neck wrong, a car wreck, or looking down at your phone for too long are all causes of neck pain.
Neck pain can result in you being unable to move your neck with full range of motion.
Stretching out your neck with exercises will loosen the muscles, but if the pain does not go away after a day or two, it is best to seek chiropractic care.
Common neck pain conditions your chiropractor can treat are:
- Cervical intervertebral disc injuries (that don’t require surgery)
- Cervical sprain injuries
- Degenerative joint syndrome of the neck
- Facet joint sprain
We use gentle chiropractic adjustment techniques that align your neck to support your head and body properly, relieving your pain and restoring proper range of motion.
Treatment for Neck Pain
The chiropractor may use a combination of spinal manipulation, manual therapy, and other techniques as part of your treatment plan for neck pain relief.
Some of those spinal manipulation techniques may include:
- Flexion-distraction technique - this is a hands-on spinal manipulation that involves a computer-designed table and a gentle pumping action on the intervertebral disc instead of direct force.
- Instrument-assisted manipulation - this technique uses a hand-held instrument, which allows your chiropractor to apply force without thrusting into the spine.
- Specific spinal manipulation - this type of manipulation helps restore full joint movement using a gentle thrusting technique.
Questions About Chiropractic Care
How Safe is Chiropractic Treatment?
Chiropractic adjustments can often cause a bit of worrying in potential patients because of the loud cracking noises made during the adjustment.
However, there is no need to worry.
As long as you are getting treatments from a licensed and trained chiropractor, like all of the doctors at Arrowhead Clinic, your body is in good hands.
Does Chiropractic Care Work?
Chiropractic care is recognized as one of the longest-lasting treatments for neck pain, especially after an auto accident.
The majority of our neck pain patients can see and feel results after their first appointment. However, neck pain will linger until the end of the treatment plan.
Read our blog post, Why Does My Neck Crack When I Roll It?, for more information about this common question.
When should you seek the Help of a Chiropractor for Neck Pain?
Immediately following an accident. If you have not been involved in an accident, then seek chiropractic care as soon as you start experiencing even the slightest bit of neck pain.
Your recent incident could still be the cause of your pain − even if symptoms did not immediately surface following the accident.
If you need a chiropractor and you are located in Georgia or South Carolina, Arrowhead Clinic is the medical office for you.
Our chiropractic doctors have years of experience treating patients with neck pain and neck injuries.
Click the button below for a Free Neck Pain Consultation with our experienced medical team today!