In the aftermath of an auto injury, it's typical for people to delay getting seeing their chiropractor. Most people think, "I'll just wait to see how I feel next week." This approach can be a problem.
A number of clinical studies show that when a person gets quick treatment after a wreck, they have a better outcome than those patients who wait to get help.
During a collision, the structures of your neck can be stretched or torn. You may not feel soreness right away. But as the tissues become irritated and inflamed, patients often wake up the next day tender and with a stiff neck.
Soreness and tightness are indicators of damage to the ligaments and muscles of your spine. The human body's reaction to injury is to prohibit activity and to repair the injury by sending white blood cells to the region. Your body will then begin mending the wounded area by laying down scar tissue.
The trouble with scar tissue is that each segment in your spine has a fairly restricted range of motion. Scar tissue decreases that mobility even more, and if you don't receive proper chiropractic care, that can result in permanently limited flexibility, long-term pain, and even spinal degeneration of the joints.
Receiving early treatment will break up this pattern by increasing motion in the damaged area and by protecting against the formation of scar tissue.
If you've been in a wreck, it's imperative that you consult a health care provider right away to be checked out and to start the process of healing.
If you have been in an auto collision, Dr. Helton is here in Portland (Woodstock, Sellwood) to help. We can work to identify the root source of your pain and formulate a plan of action to help you restore your health. We have helped many patients in Portland (Woodstock, Sellwood) heal from these sorts of injuries since 1980 and we might be able to help you, as well!
Call our office today at (503) 771-1974 for a consultation or for more advice.