Following an auto injury, it's typical for people to wait to get treatment. A lot of people think, "I'll just wait to see how I feel next week." This mindset can be a mistake.
A number of scientific studies show that when a patient gets prompt treatment after a wreck, they have a better end result than those people who wait to get treatment.
During a collision, the structures of your neck can be stretched or torn. You might not feel soreness right away. But as the tissues become swollen and inflamed, people often get up the next day tender and with a stiff neck.
Soreness and stiffness are signs of trauma to the ligaments and muscular tissues of your neck. The body's response to injury is to restrict movement and to repair the damage by directing white blood cells to the region. Your body will then start mending the damaged area by laying down scar tissue.
The problem with scar tissue is that each joint in your spine has a fairly limited range of motion. Scar tissue reduces that motion even more, and if you don't receive proper chiropractic care, that can result in permanently limited range of motion, chronic pain, and even spinal deterioration of the joints.
Receiving early chiropractic care will break up this pattern by increasing movement in the damaged area and by preventing the development of scar tissue.
If you've been in a wreck, it's important that you see a health care professional without delay to be examined and to start the process of recovery.
If you've been in an auto collision, Dr. Ernst is here in Arlington, WA to help. We can work to establish the root cause of your pain and formulate a treatment plan to help you restore your health. We've helped many patients in Arlington, WA recover from these types of problems since 1990 and we may be able to help you, as well!
Call our office today at (360) 659-8464 for a consultation or for more information.