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Auto Accident Injury
An auto accident injury, such as whiplash or a herniated disc, can leave you struggling with chronic low back pain and neck pain years after your accident. Our chiropractor Dr. Eric Santjer has decades of experience helping accident victims safely recover and manage pain without the need for surgery or medication. Our integrated approach to neck/low back pain management and injury rehabilitation combines manual chiropractic adjustments with the Activator technique, physiotherapy and massage therapy.
Chiropractic Care Relieves Neck & Low Back Pain Stemming from Auto Accident Injuries
Whiplash is one of the most common auto accident injuries. Without proper treatment, accident victims may suffer from neck pain, headaches, migraines and general soreness or stiffness in the upper body. A whiplash injury can occur at speeds as slow as 5mph; even a seemingly minor fender bender can result in injury. For many years, medical professionals recommended immobilizing the neck following injury or prescribed medication to treat neck pain. However, an extended period of immobilization in a cervical collar can actually do more harm than good for injury victims. Immobilization prevents the flow of fresh, oxygenated blood to injured tissue, which is essential to the recovery process. Medication also offers limited health benefits as pain relief is only temporary.
Our Chesapeake chiropractors treat whiplash injuries by integrating a variety of treatment methods depending on the severity and source of the injury. Adjustments are important for restoring proper alignment to the spine. As long as the cervical spine is misaligned, injury victims will continue to experience pain and suffer secondary symptoms, such as headaches, neck pain, dizziness or difficulty concentrating. Restoring proper alignment to the spine relieves pressure on the nerves and reduces pain. Physiotherapy and exercise help to restore proper muscle tone.
In addition to whiplash injuries, a herniated disc in the lower back is also common following a car accident. While seatbelts are an important life-saving restraint, by restraining the pelvis, the lower body is unable to move naturally in response to the force from an accident. This can cause a disc in the lower spine to slip out of alignment. Depending on the location of this misalignment, patients may suffer pain in the lower back, legs, or buttocks.
Chesapeake chiropractor Dr. Santjer specializes in adjustments using the Activator technique. This low-force chiropractic technique is extremely effective for treating misalignments causing a herniated disc or pinched nerves. It is also effective for correcting cervical spine misalignments due to whiplash injuries.
In conjunction with chiropractic care, our chiropractor may also recommend massage therapy. Massage releases tension trapped within the muscles and promotes the flow of oxygen-rich blood. This increased circulation helps to flush out toxins and reduce inflammation, which supports the healing process while also relieving pain.
Don't let an auto accident injury leave you with a lifetime of neck or low back pain. Visit our chiropractors today!