Injuries related to auto accidents, slip and falls, and other personal injury accidents are traumatic injuries! This simply means that the injury was significant in nature and directly caused by the accident, and not over time like an over-use injury. When a traumatic injury occurs, muscles, soft tissues, ligaments, joints, discs, and possibly bones may be damaged.
When the injury occurs to these structures, inflammation and altered movement can last for weeks, months and even years if not addressed and treated properly. If left untreated, your body will try to heal itself in a less than ideal way by laying down scar tissue. This causes the muscles that were damaged to become either chronically weakened or tight. If these injuries are not addressed and treated, the biomechanics of the region will be altered for the long term. Most of the time, treatment is a necessity because your pain level may be too intense not to seek treatment.
One mistake that many accident victims make is not seeking care for their pain because they do not believe they were really hurt. The sooner you seek treatment after the accident or injury, the better. Many times, the pain may not start right away, or only lasts for a few days following the accident, then comes back within a couple of weeks. These patients always wish they would have taken care of their body right away, instead of seeking treatment a few weeks or months after the injury or accident. Our experienced chiropractors in Woodbury, MN, are dedicated to providing timely and effective injury recovery and rehabilitation services to the Twin Cities metro area, so you can get back to doing what you love.