Why You Should See a Chiropractor After a Personal Injury

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If you have a personal injury that is preventing you from having an active life, pause any plans for surgery and stop popping pills. There are also too many people who believe it is best to “solider on” when in extreme pain; the result is a chronic condition, even more pain, and substantial medical bills.

Instead of spending money on ineffective surgery or relying on painkillers, book an appointment with a chiropractor for all your pain-relieving needs. These professionals have vast experience when it comes to using non-invasive procedures and techniques to address the underlying problems rather than simply masking pain.

A Real Solution for Your Personal Injury

While you should definitely visit a doctor after sustaining a personal injury, there is a strong possibility that he or she will simply prescribe medication to ease your pain. Unfortunately, painkillers only work for a short period, numbing your brain’s capacity to perceive pain. When the drugs wear off, the pain returns, meaning you need more and more medication to continue enjoying pain relief.

Chiropractors use effective methods that involve diagnostic tests to find the underlying cause of your pain. In many personal injury cases, the root cause is a spinal misalignment such as a herniated disc. Aside from injuries, you may trigger neck or back pain through poor posture. Regardless of the cause, the chiropractor can create a tailor-made plan to ensure a long-lasting pain relief solution.

Chiropractic Adjustment

If you have sustained a personal injury, and you are in need of effective neck and back pain management, consider chiropractic care, as “adjustments” can ensure proper realignment of your spine.

One of the most chronic conditions after a personal injury is back pain. Statistics gleaned from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) show that approximately 31 million Americans suffer from low back pain, and 80 percent of people experience significant back pain at some point.

You can cause a disc to slip out of alignment in the spine simply by lifting a heavy object with a poor technique, or by falling. A slipped or herniated disc compresses the nearby nerves and triggers back and/or neck pain.

An increasing number of people have poor posture due to working long hours slumped over a computer. This can compress the lumbar region and strain the neck, leading to extreme pain. With chiropractic adjustments, the spine becomes decompressed, creating space between the vertebrae and relieving the pressure on the neighboring nerves. The result is long-term pain relief.

Whiplash is another common personal injury, and it is most commonly associated with car accidents. By restoring your spine’s normal structure, chiropractic care can prevent symptoms such as headaches, neck stiffness, and ligament and muscle damage from taking hold.

Other Treatments

Chiropractic adjustments are just one of the ways chiropractors can relieve personal injury pain. They also implement complementary therapies such as physical therapy into their programs to help manage your pain. These treatments may include ultrasound, hot/cold therapy, and mobility exercises. As the chiropractor works with you face to face, he or she can create a program specifically designed for your needs.

Length of Treatment

It is impossible to determine how long it will take chiropractic treatment to have the desired effect. It depends on a number of factors, including how long ago the injury occurred, the size and strength of the cervical musculature, and the patient’s response to the personal treatment plan. Things get a bit more complicated when it comes to whiplash.

Overall, you could feel better within a couple of sessions; however, for chronic conditions, it is likely to take much longer.

Chiropractic Care and Personal Injury Claims

Whether you have been involved in a car accident or sustained a personal injury in the workplace, it is always a good idea to consult a chiropractor. A surprising number of patients do not realize that personal injury claims cover chiropractic care. Patients can let a professional treat the symptoms of whiplash and other conditions while insurance covers the cost.

When it comes to whiplash, symptoms may not appear for days after the incident. Most people do not even contemplate the possibility of having whiplash because they do not realize it can occur even in very low impact collisions.

When it comes to making personal injury claims, a record of your visit to a chiropractor along with details of the treatment provided can significantly improve your chances of a successful claim.


If you are in pain after sustaining a personal injury, receiving early treatment from a chiropractor can make all the difference when it comes to making a full recovery. Even a seemingly minor collision or innocuous fall could cause a serious injury.

Instead of waiting it out, relying on painkillers, or spending a fortune on surgery, consult a chiropractor and benefit from effective, non-invasive techniques that will realign the spine and help you live your life pain-free.


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2 Responses to “Why You Should See a Chiropractor After a Personal Injury”

  1. Taylor Bishop January 18, 2018 at 7:32 am #

    I just wanted to thank you for explanation of seeing a chriopracter after a personal injury. It’s good to know that this kind of treatment after an accident can help prevent problems like headaches and neck stiffness. Perhaps you should get treatment very soon after in order to gain these benefits, especially if it can help in the long run.

    • Robert Leibmann, DC January 26, 2018 at 10:14 am #

      Thank you, Taylor. Yes, we do recommend seeking treatment as soon as possible after an accident. It’s the best way to protect your health, particularly if you experience chronic pain, but it also helps ensure the insurance companies recognize that your treatment was directly related to the accident.

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