After a motor vehicle accident, the neck is often left sore and unable to move with the flexibility that it once had before. And, while a traditional doctor can help with the pain by offering prescription pills, this doesn’t serve the goal of healing the injury itself. This is where Dr. Owen comes into play because he focused on addressing the root cause of the pain in a natural and effective manner. Although this varies for each person, some of the most common causes of neck pain from a motor vehicle accident include:
- Whiplash (rapidly “whips” the neck forward and backward)
- Muscle Strain
- Muscle Weakness
- Tear, Rupture, or Bulge in Vertebras
- Vertebral Subluxation
Once Dr. Owen determines what has been causing your pain, they can immediately determine the most effective solution. Because this is different for each person, no two treatment plans are ever the same and must be determined on an individual basis. However, some of the most common solutions include:
Specialized adjustments can help restore balance and reduce pain by re-aligning the vertebrae that have moved out of position during your accident. This helps to eliminate irritation while reducing pressure so the neck is able to function properly.
Some common adjustments are:
- Cervical Mobilization: This involves moving the vertebra in the neck gently to the left and right during this adjustment. Ultimately, this can help reduce areas where motion is restricted.
- Cervical Manual Traction: Gently pulling on the patient’s neck to stretch the cervical spine.
Some individuals can greatly benefit from therapeutic exercises that help to re-train muscles and support proper posture. This can lead to effective healing for the neck that greatly reduces pain as well.
Many chiropractors recommend massage therapy for their patients because it can help improve circulation in the neck while releasing tension that often gathers after an auto accident. Trigger point massage therapy, in particular, can help alleviate muscle knots and reduce aches and pains as a result.
When to Seek Help?
It’s important to make an appointment right after an auto accident, even if there is no noticeable pain. At your appointment, Dr. Owen will perform a full evaluation to determine any issues that have risen out of the accident so you can keep your health in check. With his assistance, you will learn the best solutions and treatments for your body that will help reduce your neck pain without having to resort to dangerous medications along the way that only mask your pain instead of healing it. Remember, even something as minor as pain in the shoulder area after an accident is addressed quite often in chiropractic medicine.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an automobile accident, call us right away at 503-589-0700 to set up an appointment.