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Auto Accidents and Auto Injury Recovery
Car accidents at any speed can cause numerous musculoskeletal injuries. This is true whether the accident occurred at a high speed or low speed. For that reason, our chiropractor recommends scheduling an appointment as soon as possible after your accident.
Auto Accident Injuries in Tacoma, Parkland and Spanaway
If you have recently been in a car accident in Tacoma, Parkland or Spanaway, you may have a hidden injury. Car accidents are notorious for causing whiplash, bulging discs and sprains and strains of the back and shoulders.
Whiplash is a severe injury of the neck. It sprains the ligaments and tendons and strains the muscles. It also throws the vertebrae completely out of alignment. In severe instances, the cervical vertebrae are straightened. This puts incredible pressure on the spine, causing intense pain, headaches and migraines. It can even cause shoulder pain.
Bulging or herniated discs can occur during a car accident. The force of the impact jars the spine, causing the discs to slip out of place. This can put pressure on the soft tissues and nerve roots in the back. Herniated discs cause lower back pain and loss of range of motion. Severely herniated discs can cause sciatica, which is pain in the lower back that travels into the legs.
Car accidents can also cause shoulder injuries, particularly in the left shoulder because it is secured by the seat belt. While the seat belt stops your body from being thrown into the steering wheel, the impact of your shoulder against the seat belt can cause bruising and swelling.
Car Accident Treatment from our Chiropractor in Tacoma
Our chiropractor serving Tacoma can diagnose and treat your car accident injuries. Diagnosing your injuries involves taking a thorough medical history that includes the date and severity of your crash, your suspected injuries and pain level. We may also request x-rays in order to get a better look at your injuries before we make a definitive diagnosis.
Our chiropractor offers chiropractic adjustments, activator adjustments, massage therapy and traction. Chiropractic adjustments and activator adjustments are effective at realigning the vertebrae. They help with lower back pain, neck pain, whiplash, headaches and bulging discs. Chiropractic adjustments are performed with our chiropractor’s hands while activator adjustments are performed with a small hand-held medical device. Individuals with degenerative joint diseases or arthritis may prefer the activator method.
Massage therapy helps relax the muscles, ligaments and tendons. It removes helps break down scar tissue before it forms and it promotes circulation, and it reduces inflammation, which helps reduce pain while restoring range of motion.
Traction or spinal decompression slowly stretches the spine. This gives herniated discs the space they need to begin the retraction process. Traction also helps remove the pressure from nerves that have been compressed by the soft tissues.
Areas We Serve
To schedule an appointment for an auto injury examination, call our office at 253-535-6677. We are located at 12001 Pacific Ave S. in Tacoma, WA. For your convenience, our office is centrally located in Tacoma near Parkland and Spanaway.