Accident and Injury - Prevention of Long Term Problems
Accidents that have the potential to cause misery and pain can be a seemingly small incident such as a slip on the stairs or sidewalk; a small stumble on the garden path; an accidental bump into a stranger in a revolving door. At first there is slight bruising and no significant pain, yet weeks later there is stiffness, soreness and headaches that will not respond to analgesics. These are the classic symptoms of soft tissue injury to the neck or spine or both.
Accident and Injury - It Happens So Quickly Have you ever missed the bottom step? Thinking there is one more step to tread, you land painfully on the floor - the pain is momentary but that stumble can cause a whole lot of pain three weeks on...
Chiropractic examination in the early stages can save a great deal of pain later. So many small accidents cause trouble in the neck and spine several weeks later - the stumble or fall is forgotten and the patient does not connect it with the pain. A chiropractic examination will reveal the source of the problem and prevent any worsening of the symptoms.
Some of the most serious long term injuries are caused by small and apparently minor car accidents: perhaps a small curb in the supermarket car park or a heavy jolt as a result of an emergency braking procedure. No harm done apparently and no insurance claim to process yet a little while later there is burning pain in the neck, numbness in the arms and a general stiffness that will not go away. Ignoring the pain and treating the symptoms with analgesics will simply mask the problem - it will not get rid of it.
A chiropractor can offer immediate pain relief depending on the severity of the accident and injury. An initial consultation will certainly target the problem area with a treatment program suggested to further eliminate discomfort and prevent loss of mobility.
Despite small accidents being 'insignificant' they can cause a great deal of misery. Some of the silliest accidents can cause serious pain. Sleeping awkwardly can result in chronic neck pain over several days - seeing a chiropractor can lessen discomfort. Tripping over an uneven paving stone can jar the spine and neck - see a chiropractor to relieve the resulting pain. Stooping to take a hot casserole out of the oven causes pain in the lower back - see a chiropractor to find out why.
Chiropractic treatment specializes in reducing pain and correcting the misalignment and disorders that are the cause of inflammation and discomfort. Expert manipulation will often negate the need for strong sedatives to treat pain that is the result of accident and injury.
Accident and Injury - Short Term Fix or Long Term Problem
Dr. Smith has been in private practice for 30 years. He received his B.S. from the University of Illinois and his medical degree from the National University of Health Sciences. He holds postgraduate degrees in sports medicine, peer review, and manipulation under anesthesia. He has received numerous state and local awards and recognition, is a sought-after speaker and lecturer, and authored the book, "Choosing to Live a Stress Free Life". If you need help with this topic, visit either of his websites for help on stress or accident or injury.
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