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You’ve Been in a Car Accident, Now What?

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Immediately following the accident…

After an auto accident, your body’s immediate response is to send blood to damaged areas. This will create painful inflammation of the tissues. Ice should be used to help control this inflammation. Use an ice pack as needed to help control your pain. Apply the ice pack for 20 minutes at a time, using a thin layer between the pack and your skin. Wait at least 20 minutes before the next ice application. Decreasing inflammation in damaged tissues will help to limit the long-term effects of your injuries. This is NOT the time to apply heat.

If the ER does not give you an ice pack, stop by Complete Spine Solutions in Brookhaven or Tucker to pick up your FREE ice pack!

What is happening to your body, RIGHT NOW…

Whiplash causes damage to the ligaments of the spine. As a result of this damage, scar tissue will begin to form as the body starts the healing process. When scar tissue forms, it contributes to an increased likelihood for spinal arthritic degeneration. Arthritic degeneration and scar tissue may lead to chronic pain in the future. Scar tissue is less elastic and less functional than the normal healthy tissues it replaces; it is also more pain sensitive. In order to reduce scar tissue formation and ensure the damaged ligaments heal properly, chiropractic adjustments to the spine as soon as possible after the injury are a necessary part of your full recovery.

So NOW what do I do??

To prevent decreased mobility and chronic pain in the future, call us or visit our website to schedule a free consultation to see if CSS can help you have a speedy recovery from your accident. Our main objective is to ensure that you receive state of the art, post-trauma care, from the most knowledgeable and well-equipped chiropractic office in the greater Atlanta area. At Complete Spine Solutions, we use the most advanced, scientific diagnostic and techniques to serve our patients and heal them from injury in the shortest possible time. We understand how devastating a car accident can be. Call us now to ensure that you have the best recovery possible!

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