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 of 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 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!
About the Author
Dr. David Shapiro, DC, CEO of Complete Spine Solutions
A graduate of Life University, School of Chiropractic 1993 (4600 postgraduate hours). Board-certified licensed Doctor of Chiropractic. Passed 3 national board tests and the state of Georgia board examination. Also certified in therapeutic modalities.
Advanced Certified in Chiropractic BioPhysics, the most evidence-based technique in chiropractic. He’s been in private practice for over 25 years.