Headaches after an Auto Accident: How Chiropractic Care can Help

The force of an auto accident is often damaging and can lead to several different forms of injury. Many of those involved in even minor wrecks in Bessemer City find themselves suffering from concussions, back injuriesneck pain, or whiplash.  Once sustained, these injuries may also lead to other complications, and even with proper care, it may take weeks or months for pain to fully subside.  For many patients, in particular those with neck injuries, a common side effect is moderate to severe headaches which are often chronic in nature.

Headaches are often seen in conjunction with some of the most common auto accident injuries such as whiplash.  In fact, it is estimated that up to 80% of people who experience whiplash will also suffer from headaches.  As the neck is forcefully moved in opposing directions during a whiplash injury, inflammation of the upper cervical joints typically occurs and is sometimes seen with additional injury such asdisc herniation.  This damage frequently translates into stiffness and tension-type headaches.

Fortunately, chiropractors are uniquely skilled at addressing the true source of pain and treating these injuries through methods such asspinal manipulation.  This practice of applying force to spinal joints helps to correct problems with structural alignment of the spine and improve physical function.  As the function and mobility of the spine improves through the back and neck, the underlying injuries leading to headaches may be vastly improved.  In fact, in 2001, researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, determined that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.

In addition to spinal manipulation, therapies such as massage, acupuncture, and lifestyle advice offered by a chiropractor can also help patients see improvements and avoid exacerbating their injuries.  Additionally, when chiropractic care is implemented, the likelihood that a patient will need surgery to correct their injuries decreases dramatically, as does the need for other invasive procedures or pain medications.

Immediately following an accident, it can be difficult to determine the type and severity of injury.  Quite often, a motorist will not feel these to their full extent until days or weeks later.  At that time, it is not uncommon to feel pain throughout the back and neck or to suffer from increasingly severe headaches.  For this reason, an immediate appointment with a Bessemer City chiropractor is important, whether an individual feels injured or not.  Following this initial visit, the physician can help identify any injuries to the joints, ligaments, or soft tissue and develop a treatment plan to avoid long-term discomfort.

If you have been involved in an auto accident in Bessemer City or the surrounding areas, please contact SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers and request a consultation with one of our physicians.  We regularly treat injuries following car accidents and can help you find relief from existing injuries, while avoiding further damage. 

If you would like to learn more about other auto accident injuries that may be treatable with chiropractic care, please click the image below for access to our free and informative guide.