Driving is a vital element of every day life. Taking kids to soccer practice, getting to work or picking up kale for your smoothie at a local farm. Sometimes, the unthinkable can happen. Auto accidents are never pleasant and can cause a lot of stress. With lots of things on your mind to take care of such as filing paperwork and assessing the car damage, a lot of times, folks forget Priority Number One: To take care of your body! (We always say, you will have multiple cars in your lifetime, but you only get one body. So make sure to take care of it.)

Whether a minor fender bender or a more serious collision, seeking immediate chiropractic care can help you heal quicker, and most importantly, avoid years of potential chronic pain. Next, we will break down the top 3 Reasons why it’s important to seek an auto accident chiropractor immediately following an auto accident.

Invisible Injuries

Understandably, emotions can be running high post a car accident. You may even feel “fine”. One of the biggest misconceptions is, if I don’t feel immediate pain, I am perfectly “fine”. However, even the most minor accidents can cause serious injury even though symptoms may not present themselves right away. Actually, sometimes it takes days, weeks or even months for you to start feeling those pesky aches and pains that are a direct result of your accident.

The sooner an injured patient gets checked following the accident, the better the resulting health! Seeing a chiropractor after a car accident is one of the best ways to alleviate pain and prevent complications from injuries before they show up.

Avoiding Chronic Conditions

The longer you wait after the accident means you will have a higher chance of experiencing irreversible spinal damage. For example, one of the most common injuries post car accident is whiplash, or a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck.* Left untreated, not only can this seemingly minor injury exacerbate drastically, but you can develop lifelong medical conditions.

Deliver a Successful Claim

The longer you wait to seek treatment and get diagnosed, the more difficult it will be to link your injuries to the accident. Whether you’re trying to file a claim with your insurance company or win a case in court, getting immediate diagnosis and treatment for your injuries can improve your chances of linking your injuries back to the accident, maximizing your chances for a reward later on.

Don’t let the material stresses of auto accidents take focus away from what matters most, your health. Reaping both physical and practical benefits, seeking chiropractic treatment immediately following a car accident is a smart step to recovery.

Do not worry. We’re here to help you make sure your body is safe from injury. If you have any further questions or if you would like to come in for a consultation, please click here.

*Defined by www.mayoclinic.org