After an accident, your doctor will most likely prescribe treatment once the initial shock of an accident has gone. While many prefer physical therapy as their first phase, chiropractic treatment for musculoskeletal disorders might also be prescribed.
Chiropractors operate on the spines and joints of wounded people to ease pain and promote healing. They are not doctors. They are not physical therapists. They are not authorized to do surgery. They can’t prescribe pain medication, but many of them are highly trained professionals when it comes to injuries. Chiropractors specialize in spine adjustments and soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries are injuries to muscles, ligaments, tendons, and connecting tissues. In terms of nerve damage, ligament recovery, and non-surgical treatment choices, certain chiropractors are extremely knowledgeable.
Most people imagine that chiropractors are just “back crackers”, yanking on the joints until they are positioned properly. This is not how it works. Chiropractors seek to reduce bone subluxation (meaning bones are out of alignment). Balance is recovered by simply moving the bones back into position.
Your chiropractor will assess, treat and record any problems first, then stimulate the spine to alleviate and relieve pain. Non-invasive chiropractic treatments:
- Reduce pain
- Promote healing
- Restore mobility by addressing stiffness and soreness
- Prevent chronic, long-term conditions from developing
The ironic thing about pain is that it shows up when you least expect it. Even though you feel fine just after an injury, seeing a medical practitioner checked out is always a good idea. It is by no means abnormal for pain to reveal itself after an injury, weeks, or even months. Our bodies are quite effective at dealing with transitions and compensating for fatigue or injuries. Inevitably, the joints, tendons, ligaments, and even the skeletal system will show results of this reinforcement, and that’s when pain will occur.
A chiropractor may assess discomfort and evaluate if chiropractic care will help the condition, or whether further medication is required. The diagnostic process usually involves a background of the condition and a physical examination along with any X-rays required to determine the extent of the injury. A chiropractor may then prescribe a treatment plan depending on the extent of injury and the existing health status.
A chiropractor should have a good idea about how the patient responds to therapy after one to two months of care and will change the treatment plan accordingly. The needs of each patient will be different, just as the healing process of each patient will be different. If you have been in an accident or suffered an injury, even if it has been months or years to pain, it’s worth visiting chiropractor.