Even car accidents that take place at low speeds can cause muscle, joint, and tendon injuries which are best treated by a chiropractor. Dr. Chad Young and his team of dedicated health care professionals at Young Health USA in Mayfield, Kentucky, are specifically trained to diagnose and treat injuries sustained during an auto accident. If you live in Mayfield or any of the nearby communities, call the office today, or make your appointment using their convenient online scheduling service.
Auto Accident Q & A
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Why choose chiropractic care after an auto accident?
Chiropractors are experts at treating whiplash injuries, back injuries, and other spinal injuries common to auto accidents. Even when you experience only minor cuts and abrasions in an auto accident, the violent forces involved in a crash can cause damage to your neck, back, and shoulder muscles. This causes unequal muscle spasms and splinting on either side of the spine.
This asymmetric muscular response to injury prevents normal range of motion of the spine, and misalignments may occur throughout the vertebral column. Spinal misalignment impairs your mobility and can eventually create chronic pain issues associated with disc and other vertebral abnormalities, including nerve irritation.
Rather than just masking your symptoms with pain medications, Dr. Young uses a holistic and integrative approach to health care that provides real healing for your injuries, as it restores your spine to normal alignment and function.
What chiropractic treatment can I expect after an auto accident?
The first step in treatment involves a thorough examination that includes diagnostic X-rays to help Dr. Young determine the extent of your injuries and evaluate the alignment of your spine.
Chiropractic care otherwise focuses on many aspects of the injuries that are common to auto accidents and may include:
- Various forms of spinal adjustment to realign your spine
- Massage therapy to ease tension and soreness in your muscles
- Electrical stimulation to reduce pain, improve your circulation, and repair tissues
What is chiropractic spinal adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustment is also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, and spinal manipulation. During an adjustment, Dr. Young applies appropriate levels of force to manipulate the abnormally positioned or dysfunctional vertebrae in your spine. The goal of spinal adjustment is to return your spine to proper alignment, which increases range of motion, reduces nerve irritation, improves function, and decreases pain.
There are several techniques or methods used for spinal adjustments. Dr. Young chooses the appropriate technique for your circumstance. He may start with one method and move on to another as your injuries heal and your spine falls into better alignment.
Spinal adjustment techniques include:
- Flexion-distraction that uses gentle, non-thrusting spinal manipulation
- Instrument-assisted adjustment using a hand-held instrument to apply nonthrusting, gentle force to the spine
- Specific spinal manipulation using gentle thrusting methods to restore normal alignment and stretch the soft tissue