Car Accident

Dr. Gary McDowell at McDowell Family Chiropractic in La Mesa, CA can help you heal from auto injuries naturally so that you can get back to your life sooner.

4 Reasons to Visit a Chiropractor After a Car Accident

You’ve been in an accident and – while you’re a bit stressed and anxious – you’re not in pain. You get checked out by the EMTs, and maybe you even go to the hospital. Everyone says you’re fine, so you head home thinking that everything is good – except maybe your vehicle.

This scenario happens quite often, but it’s not one you should repeat. It’s important that you see a chiropractor within 72 hours of your accident – but sooner is better. Why? Dr. McDowell and the team at McDowell Family Chiropractic in La Mesa, CA share four important reasons below.

Stress and Trauma Can Mask Pain

Immediately after an accident, the human body is typically in shock. Additionally, there is a lot of stress and anxiety from dealing with police reports, taking pictures for insurance claims, the insurance claims themselves, tow trucks, and emergency personnel.

These things can make you numb to pain, and you might not even notice an issue until days or weeks later. A chiropractor can help detect issues early so that you can get treatment before the pain has time to set in too strong.

Even Small Accidents Can Cause an Injury

Many people assume that it takes a major accident for injuries to occur, but that’s not the case at all. Misalignment, herniated discs, nerve compression, whiplash, and other auto injuries can be sustained with just a few pounds of force.

Emergency Care is for Life-Threatening Situations

While it is certainly important that you be evaluated by emergency care providers, including EMTs and emergency room personnel, your care shouldn’t stop there. Emergency personnel are there to ensure that there are no life-threatening issues. Your musculoskeletal system needs to be evaluated by a chiropractor.

A Hidden Auto Injury Can Wreak Havoc On Your Whole Life

Just because you don’t notice an injury doesn’t mean one isn’t present. And if there is one that goes undetected and untreated, it can create problems for the rest of your life. Scar tissue can develop as the body works to heal itself. Muscles will overcompensate to hold up your spine if it’s misaligned. Herniated discs can constantly put pressure on the nerves. And all of these can lead to pain, tension, tingling, numbness, headaches, and much more.

Get the care you need for auto injuries by calling (619) 670-7700 to schedule an appointment with Dr. McDowell at McDowell Family Chiropractic in La Mesa, CA today. 

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